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I've been reading a bit and I've come across one post on this forum stating that some cameras don't have an autofocus motor or something like that. I'll like to the post when I find it. Which cameras should I avoid then?
That's referring to entry-level Nikon DSLRs. The D40, D40x, D60, D3000 and D3100 do not have a screw drive in the camera body, which means that only Nikon lenses with the designation AF-S will have auto focus. Otherwise it's manual focus only for those cameras. To get AF with non AF-S lenses requires a higher tier body like the D7000, D70/D80/D90, D100/D200/D300, etc. I believe the older D50 is the only entry level with AF in body.

And that doesn't mean that such cameras should be avoided, but just means that you will need to stick to AF-S lenses unless you can live with MF only.
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That's referring to entry-level Nikon DSLRs. The D40, D40x, D60, D3000 and D3100 do not have a screw drive in the camera body, which means that only Nikon lenses with the designation AF-S will have auto focus. Otherwise it's manual focus only for those cameras. To get AF with non AF-S lenses requires a higher tier body like the D7000, D70/D80/D90, D100/D200/D300, etc. I believe the older D50 is the only entry level with AF in body.

And that doesn't mean that such cameras should be avoided, but just means that you will need to stick to AF-S lenses unless you can live with MF only.
Thanks for the clarification. Off to craigslist I go then
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I have a guy offering me a Canon Rebel XT, should I take it?
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I have a guy offering me a Canon Rebel XT, should I take it?
How much, and what does it come with?
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I have a guy offering me a Canon Rebel XT, should I take it?
How much? I wouldn't pay more than $300 for the body plus kit lens.

The XT is fairly old at this point, but still a nice body and better by far than any typical p&s camera.

Nevertheless, if I were you, I would stretch my budget a bit more and get a Canon Rebel XS. Besides obvious improvements to include live view, better high ISO performance, better LCD screen, etc., it also has the much better updated kit lens, the 18-55 IS. Brand new it's only about $500, so used it would be in the $400 range.


Forget Craigslist or eBay and take a look at POTN's for sale section; lots of Canon gear for sale there. Here's one for sale at POTN for $425 (you need to register at POTN) to see the link):

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...1&highlight=XS
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$350 is too much for me. I can find an XTi with kit lens for that price. I wouldn't do more than $300 for it.
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Ok, I'm trading my iPad (have absolutely no use for it ) for a Rebel XS. Any particular questions I should ask?
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Ok, I'm trading my iPad (have absolutely no use for it ) for a Rebel XS. Any particular questions I should ask?
How many shutter actuations, condition of the body (outside, sensor, viewfinder), condition of the glass (body, glass), any dust specs or fungus or scratches?

And which iPad are you trading for the Rebel XS? You can usually find a refurbished kit for $400.

The Rebel XS is a nice camera, but if you can sell your iPad outright for enough money, you should consider this.
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