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My sister is really into photography and getting pretty good at nature shots. She just has a basic dinky POS camera. She now has $700 to spend on a camera and is planning on getting the Nikon D3100, any advice?
 
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Honestly, you can't go wrong with that camera. I'd say go for it!
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good choice but tell her to go to a store and pick it up.. nothing wrong with the d3100 but she may have a chance to like feel of canon body more. whether it be a canon or nikon, if its a DSLR... feels good in her hands.. then its a good start :]
 
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i'd go get a used canon 40d and a used 28-135 or a used 18-55 is. keh.com, adorama.com, bhphoto.com, and even our own f/s section all have a good selection of used/refurbished stuff.

example:
40d $499
18-55 IS $90

you can then spend the other $100 or so on a bag, a large memory card and a nicer strap to get things started.

the nikon 3100 does have video, and is a deal breaker for some. however the 40d is a much better quality camera in terms of build. i used one for two years as an assistant wedding/event photog.
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Also have her consider other systems besides Canikon. Sony is becoming a major player in DSLRs and have some very nice bodies, and there's a lot to like about Olympus and Pentax as well.
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I'd second the used 40d recommendation, I shoot on 2 40d's picked up used and love em, hard to convince myself to upgrade still.
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Also have her consider other systems besides Canikon. Sony is becoming a major player in DSLRs and have some very nice bodies, and there's a lot to like about Olympus and Pentax as well.
Second this motion. Don't get me wrong. Almost any camera will do you for a long long time.

While I'm a pentax user, I'd almost encourage Olympus right now. If you're new to it, their smaller bodies & lenses might encourage the user to take it with them more often. I have a friend who shoots Olympus (professionally) and it makes great shots (he also has 25+ yrs as a photographer which helps).
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