FUAirliner From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 538 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (12 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2820 times:
a Nikon F5 for US$400-450 is very rare!
I would go for a cheap SLR with a cheap zoom lens (e. g. Nikon N65 (F65 in Europe) with a Nikkor G 70-300mm lens). You may also want to buy a used "middle-class" SLR like the N80 (F80 in Europe), but if you buy any used equipment, make sure that it works properly before you purchase it. I would purchase either a Canon or a Nikon as these brands have the biggest selection of lenses and also offer top-quality equipment.
In the course of the time you can upgrade to better (and more expensive) lenses and bodies.