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Old Apr 24, 2013, 8:30 AM   #1
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I looked at buying a new DSLR several years ago, I believe the model I was looking at was an XSi by Canon, and I liked it. (that may help you tell me what model I should get now?)

What I want:
Cheap, and I don't mind used. Refurbished is probably the better move. (cheap is <$500 USD, preferably less)

I have no brand preference or any preference whatsoever. I will also be looking at probably 3 lenses that I want. One prime lens, probably a kit style lens, and then a telephoto lens.

The prime/telephoto lens will come months in the future, after I get the hang of using the camera.

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What do you want to shoot?
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Is that <$500 for the camera body, or <$500 for the body and the lenses?
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Is that <$500 for the camera body, or <$500 for the body and the lenses?
Yes.

I would like to get started (with a kit lens) for <$500. The other two lenses will cost more, I know.
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What do you want to shoot?
90% of my pictures are completely acceptable to me on a regular point and shoot camera. The 10% that are not are low light condition, moving/action, and distance shots.
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90% of my pictures are completely acceptable to me on a regular point and shoot camera. The 10% that are not are low light condition, moving/action, and distance shots.
So, 90% family/friends events/occasions, 10% low light and sports/action/wildlife/nature.
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Adorama has:

Nikon D5100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A. for $489.

(They have others, but this one jumps out at me for being an very good deal on a very good camera.)
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So, 90% family/friends events/occasions, 10% low light and sports/action/wildlife/nature.
Something like that.

I use my phone for a lot of pictures. Since I don't develop any of them, it does a fine job for the majority. I just have been to several different events and really wished I had a SLR.
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I just have been to several different events and really wished I had a SLR.
When you say "event", what do you mean? A number of professional venues for sports or concerts have restrictions on camera gear that can be used. If you're just talking about high school or grade school events that's different. But, it would be a shame if you're planning on using the DSLR for pro sports or concerts and the venues in question won't allow you to use them
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Adorama has:

Nikon D5100 DX-Format Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A. for $489.

(They have others, but this one jumps out at me for being an very good deal on a very good camera.)
What would my options be if I moved down to 400? Is it not worth the drop?
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