dlowwa From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 7328 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 3218 times:
Quoting unattendedbag (Reply 1): At that price, I would wait another year, save up some more money and start looking then.
Or start looking now at used bodies with an entry-level kit lens. I guarantee you could put together a kit that would get photos accepted here for $400 or less, if you do some shopping around, and know what you're looking for. Case in point, I just sold one of my older camera bodies (four years old) for $350. Around 300 of my images here were taken with it, so just don't have your heart set on the latest and greatest, and you'll be able to make your budget go far.
cpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 5058 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3140 times:
A used Nikon D80 and the 18-135mm Zoom-Nikkor F3.5-5.6G ED lens will do the job for close range photos in normal conditions. Such a combination should be really cheap. Just look out for one that has been well looked after.
But of course, what distances will you take your photos at? Quality longer range lenses typically cost more money.