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Old Jan 18, 2010, 4:37 PM   #1
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Default Ameteur looking at honing photography w/better camera...

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I'm an ameteur photographer with some experience. I'm looking to spend $400 or less on a camera with at least a few lense options to work with. Does anyone know if that's possible? If so, what brand/model would be the best fit for me? -Rapunzel
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 4:49 PM   #2
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if you move up to 480 you can get an olympus e520 with 1 lens. It is not a bad camera with some nice features like live view and you can add additional lenses later.

http://www.adorama.com/IOME520K1.html
just add the camera to the cart and the price will drop to 480.
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i am assuming you mean a dslr since you mention you would like to have different lens options.

for 400$ you are going to be struggling to find a dslr with 1 lens.

the cheapest option that is reasonably close to your price range is most like the Sony A230 with kit lens (430$). then as you save money, you can add some lenses later.
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Old Jan 18, 2010, 5:48 PM   #4
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Ritz Camera is selling the Sony A230 for $399 this week. Free shipping and no sales tax. Go to their website to check it out.

As others have said, if you can raise your budget to $450 or $500, you will have more choices: the Canon XS, the Nkon D3000, the Pentax K2000, the Olympus E-520.
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Just know that with the d3000, it does not accept the full nikon line up of lenses and does not accept some 3rd party lenses either.
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check out adorama, and also look at their used equipment
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 3:06 PM   #7
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Thank you all...I will check those out.
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