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Old Apr 9, 2010, 3:02 AM   #1
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I am new to dslr and my budget is limited(around us$650). I found a 2 years old canon 30d for sale. The seller stated that its codintions is fine and has undergone around 15k shutter actuations. He want to sell it for $400. Is it a good buy for me? I interested shoot nature esp. birds, wildlife and want to grow as a good photographer. Suggetion please.

I am also considering to go for canon rebel xsi if this does not work. Please compare this with 30d in terms of image quality etc.
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 3:19 AM   #2
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Buying a used dSLR is risky. In addition to the camera body, you'll also be making a substantial investment in lenses and accessories. If something does go wrong, you'll need it fixed. Getting your money back won't help. If you don't knonw and trust the seller, you might do better getting a refurbished Canon dSLR from Adorama. They're factory refurbished, and have a 1 year warranty with Adorama. (New Canon dSLRs come with a 1 Year factory warranty, so the only difference would be who you send it to for service.)
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Old Apr 9, 2010, 4:16 AM   #3
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Thanks TCav

But I live in India, and here I think there no thing like refurbished. Anyway, the used one is from a person whom I contacted though forum only.
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I would be inclined to get a new XSi before I got a used 30D. The price would have to be really good, and I'd still be prepared to repair or replace it on short notice.
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I would go with used lenses but not a body, there are way to many things that can go wrong with it. And may cost more in the long run to have any hidden issues fixed.

For you budget of 650 dollars, I would look at the 450D or if there is pentax in your area, the pentax k-x which is a very good camera, with allot of nice features.
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i would not buy a used 30d from someone you only know over the internet, that just smells of all things going bad.

there are several options that can be had for your price range that are much safer bets.

the XSI is a great camera, and has a nice sensor on it. the kx shoturtle mentioned also a great choice. other choices in the price range are nikons d3000, oly's 620.
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.......you might do better getting a refurbished Canon dSLR from Adorama. They're factory refurbished, and have a 1 year warranty with Adorama. (New Canon dSLRs come with a 1 Year factory warranty, so the only difference would be who you send it to for service.)
..... although, if a customer returns a refurb to us under warranty, we usually simply send out a replacement - and if we don't have any in stock at the time, give the customer the option of waiting for the next delivery, or a refund.
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