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I really enjoyed photography as a hobby but have gotten away from it over the last few years (college will do that I guess). I am looking to get back into it but am on a budget (college does that too). The camera I used to have and use was a Nikon D50. I have seen cameras such as the D70 and D60 on craigslist and since I liked the D50 I figured this could be a cheap avenue to get back into the hobby. I by no means intend to make large prints or start shooting professionally, but I do want the options a DSLR provides.

Is buying an older DSLR a good idea? I would prefer to stay with Nikon and I do not need lenses right away. I did see a D70 with 9000 some shots on it for $200..but it sold.
Edited by Raffledoocious - 3/26/11 at 9:30pm
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post #2 of 16
A DSLR is definitely a viable option for the serious hobbyist. Many of us here do it as a hobby.

What's your budget? It might be possible to buy refurbished current DSLR models if your budget is right.

With Nikon, I'd also be a bit careful. Some of their bodies don't have an autofocus motor so their lenses thaat lack an autofocus motor (Nikon's AF lenses) won't be able to autofocus on those bodies. I don't remember all the bodies off the top of my head, but the D40 and D3000 are some I remember.
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Even if you are not a professional, a DSLR camera is a good buy. It does get expensive once you start buying lenses and such, however. You can always get something on the cheap like this:

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-D3100-Digital-18-55mm-3-5-5-6/dp/B003ZYF3LO/ref=sr_1_1?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1301199195&sr=1-1"]Amazon.com: Nikon D3100 14.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens: Camera & Photo[/ame]

Or you can spend a bit more and get the latest tech like the Canon T3i.

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Canon-T3i-Digital-Imaging-18-55mm/dp/B004J3V90Y/ref=sr_1_7?s=photo&ie=UTF8&qid=1301199099&sr=1-7"]Amazon.com: Canon EOS Rebel T3i 18 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera and DIGIC 4 Imaging with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens: Camera & Photo[/ame]

DSLR's are nice because there are so many different lenses, flashes etc you can use depending on the situation. My wife likes taking photos of our baby, jewelry etc, so she needs a good macro lens. She also takes outdoor photos, so she has a nice zoom lens. Some lenses can run over $1,000 though.

Point and shoots are nice to have on the go, but if you want better quality, you cannot touch a DSLR.

My advice is to look at your budget, take a look on amazon (good reviews) and see where your wallet and needs meet.
Edited by Rust1d? - 3/26/11 at 9:19pm
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post #4 of 16
Pick up any one of the older bodies with in body AF, like a D80 or D200. I just saw a D80 body only on CL today for $350.
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post #5 of 16
D80s go for mega cheap all the time.
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I'd say my budget would be $400 for the body only. Heh, I'll have to edit my title to be more specific. I am set on a DSLR...but wanted to see what people thought of buying an older model.

You have basically said what I was looking at...D50, D70, D80 as of now.
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Originally Posted by Raffledoocious;12884895 
I'd say my budget would be $400 for the body only. Heh, I'll have to edit my title to be more specific. I am set on a DSLR...but wanted to see what people thought of buying an older model.

You have basically said what I was looking at...D50, D70, D80 as of now.

For $400, why not a Rebel XSi? They go used/refurbed for that price including the kit IS lens. It's not the "semi-pro" line like the D80, but it brings in newer tech like Live View and a higher resolution sensor that beginners might be more comfortable with.
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i have a D40, and its quite the nice camera. maybe not as high end as the higher up DSLR's from nikon and such, but it is a nice quality camera.
 
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post #9 of 16
Great thread!

I am in a similar situation--I want to go FX after years of shooting film and pocket digital (current cameras = Nikon 8400 and Lumix ZS3).

Knowing that digital cameras have a finite number of cycles, does it make sense to buy a old (dated) or used (new but heavily used) DSLR?

Refurb is interesting--anyone know of a good deal on a refurb 3DX? winksmiley.jpg

Also--DSLRs might have made lifecycles apply to cameras what has primarily applied to computers (in a corporate setting). Once a computer falls out of lifecycle, they can be in a variety of conditions--based on the organization (their lifecycle policies) and the user. Old film-based cameras really never fell out of "lifecycle"--but the new digital cameras do--either by spec or by exposing the sensor too many times.

So the question: is it impractical to look at "old" DSLRs?

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unfortunately dslrs are electronic and because moore's law apply to sensors too, you might as well buy a new dslr because even the entry level dslr like the t3i / d3100 will obliterate older flagship dslrs in IQ.

i would go for the entry-level dslr your brand of choice offers and invest in lenses that will never go out of date
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