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gbs
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There are a lot of choices. The $500 budget is for the whole set or just body only? Do you mind buying a second hand device?

For Canon, you can go with 550D, 600D etc., or you can find a 40D or (luckily) a good 50D body at that price. For Nikon, you can go with D5000 , D5100. D90 is a very good choice. That’s about the body.

About the lenses, with your budget you may only get some low price kit zoom lenses but I recommend using fixed lenses. With a fixed lenses you are easy to get started with photography terms (which you need to). It’s about the lenses not the body that affect dramatically on the image quality and effects.

Good luck on finding a DSLR :)

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TNL3542
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sorry but 500.00 for a camara thats crazy..the most i ever spent on a camara 225.00 and its a touch screen from sony

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KingDog
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sorry but 500.00 for a camara thats crazy..the most i ever spent on a camara 225.00 and its a touch screen from sony

DSLR photography is a bit of a different ball game :) Once you get bitten by the bug most photographers will find themselves with thousands of dollars of gear in no time. Don’t ask me how I know this…

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chiccosinalo
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sorry but 500.00 for a camara thats crazy..the most i ever spent on a camara 225.00 and its a touch screen from sony

gear gets addictive with time, the more you know the more you want more stuff. i have spent almost $4000 and still going.

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ActionFoundry
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I’ve got a 600D. Bloody love it! If you wanted to go deeper into the video side of DSLR ’s have a look at Magic Lantern software

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acott
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I’d also highly recommend the 600D, I have it’s bigger brother the 60D and its an outstanding camera for both pictures and video

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GraemeVoigt
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I’m addicted to my Cannon 60D , but I’m not sure how much you will pick one up for these days. Checking eBay would be a good start.

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rahulbist
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I have Nikon D3000 . its entry level and with less functions, but quite good for a beginner. I am happy with the quality of photographs.

Decide which type of photography you want to do. you may need more lenses than the kit lens. so, budget will rise.

e.g I am in macro photography. so, I bought Nikon AF Nikkor 105mm. it costs will around $300.

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dekurvajo
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The reflex market updates quite quickly, professional photographers change their bodies quite fast, so i think you can find really good deals on second hand market, if you find a reliable dealer. Also, never (EVER, EVER ) buy a reflex+lens pack. Buy just the body, and spend some bucks on a good lense. Good photographs are taken with the lens, not with the body. Body will give you features, speedness, usability, but not image quality, except for the sensor size.

+1 / thats it!

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