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Camera Buying Help

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First off, appreciate all the wonderful photos in this forum.

I would like to graduate from point and shoot cameras. Can someone recommend a nice started camera for me? Looking to keep it under $1k. I would like to take nice photos of the outdoors and family. Any input would be greatly appreciated. If you have something for sale, please message me.

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It is highly unlikely, in todays world and market, that you will need to spend that much for what you want to do. I will let others tell you their reccomendations for particular camera/lens combos, but unless you are going to get VERY serious about it, you can get by for less than that.

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Nikon and Canon both have good starter packages. A refurbished D5100 from Nikon can be found for around 500 with an 18-55 lens on e b a y. And a 55-300 zoom can be found for 250-300 bucks. Just a sample. I am sure Canon has some good stuff also. I have no problem getting refurbished stuff but I did buy new when I got my 18-300 lens. Couldn't find a refurbished one or I probably would have. If you find a couple models that you like just type in model vs model (D3100 vs D5100) for instance on g o o gle and it will take you to a site that analizes them. this helped me a lot. A friend bought a Tamron 18-250 and is not happy with it so I guess I would say watch out for that one. Good Luck!

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Do a search for starter camera right here on HSO. A number of good topics discussing various options.

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