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Old Apr 2, 2010, 12:03 AM   #51
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yes there is and they all make very good camera's
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Old Apr 2, 2010, 6:41 AM   #52
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TCav, how do say that 55-200 VR and the non-VR are about equally good?
In the context of not needing the image stabilization, the two lenses are about as good, and there's not much that distinguishes them except the VR. So if you only use fast shutter speeds anyway (to avoid motion blur due to subject movement), then that $50 can be better spent on something else.
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I purchased my last Nikon 55-200mmVR on Ebay for $110. It was the one that took that seagull photo.

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I purchased my last Nikon 55-200mmVR on Ebay for $110. It was the one that took that seagull photo.
I'm just referring to the price the OP quoted. I'm confident any of those items could be gotten for less, if someone were persistant enough, patient enough, and/or lucky enough.
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Old Apr 3, 2010, 10:44 AM   #55
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Thanks all for the suggestions. I will definitely try to check out Pentax K-x around my area. And my concern with the brand was not really the camera quality. There are definitely benefits associated with a more popular brand like Nikon:
1) The stores/service centers are more common
2) More second hand accessories available
3) Also its less likely that the company will cease production

Anyway, I think Nikon D5000 not having ISIB is okay with me as long as the 18-55 & 70-200mm lenses have VR. It will be a problem if I wanted to get more lenses but chances of that happening is less likely. To me, the lenses that come with the package are all-purposes lenses and it will satisfy most tasks. My A300 is may be around 1.5 - 2 years old and my 18-70mm & 55-200mm lenses have served me well so far.

Its a tough call on what to buy but I will wait for a little more time before placing the order. I shall let you know what I end up buying

And by the way Sarah, with regards to the compact camera discussion we had, I ended up ordering the Lumix ZS3. I liked it based on the little bit of time I got to spend with it. Now its in a gift wrap

Thanks,
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