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Old 07-29-2013, 07:14 PM
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The kit lens is the 15-55mm lens.

I believe that other lenses will work fine, but it will only auto-focus with the nikon af-s lenses. (someone can correct me if I am wrong, though ) If you generally use manual focus, it wouldn't matter.
I did not know that. I use both auto and manual focus regularly, so definitely good to know! Thanks!

I would really love a camera that can record video also, my current camera does it and it is a very handy feature. I'm feeling like a (used..)D5000 is the way to go, and getting a cheaper lens to start with and maybe a better one in the future...
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:13 PM
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Can't offer much help with Nikon's, I'm a Canon girl (no offense to Nikon people, it's just what I've always shot with so I don't know much about anything else).

However, good glass is one of the most important things if you want nice pictures. Better to spend money on that vs. a body, IMO. Of course, the body does matter, some are known to be better in low light, better with action shots (like my camera for example, shoots 10fps., it's insanely fast), etc.

As someone else mentioned, the Canon Rebel line is a great one for a starter camera. I started out with a T1i and loved it til I outgrew it.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:47 PM
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I used to have the Nikon D90 with the 50mm f/1.8 being my main lens. I also had a 18-55mm kit lens and then the 18-105mm kit lens, and a Tamron 55-200mm f/4 - 5.6, and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for wide angle stuff. Really, really like it, it's a fantastic camera. It was my first DSLR and user friendly enough for me, but also great for when I wanted to get a bit more in depth.

Here are some pictures I took with the camera -
Early morning pictures.

Early evening pictures.

Beach pictures at sunset/dusk. A few outdoor action shots in there.

Indoor dog show pictures. Two agility shots on the second page, I think.

A used D90 would probably just be about around $100 more than a used D5000 or D5100? The D5000 and D5100 are about $70 apart in price when you buy used, although the D5200 is quite a bit more. I haven't the D5000/D5100/D5200's before though, so I really don't know how they compare.

The kit lens is either the 18-55mm f/3.5 - 4.6 or the 18-105mm f/3.5 - 4.6.

Older "D" series lenses will autofocus on the Nikon D90, D7000, and the new D7100 because those camera bodies have a built in autofocus motor. The D5000/D5100/D5200 camera bodies do not, so you will have to purchase the lenses that have a built in AF motor if you want autofocusing. For example, my 50mm is the 50mm f/1.8 D (which I got for $50 used) and it autofocuses on the D90. However, if I had the D5000 and I wanted autofocusing, I would have had to buy the newer 50mm f/1.8 G (which I think is around $150? Haven't checked before, so don't quote me on that!).

Nikon doesn't have to be the only way to go for lenses. I've heard some great things about Sigma lenses (although I will admit the reviews seem inconsistent), and I have both a Tamron and a Tokina lens and like them both. I am less than thrilled with the quality of the Tamron but it works fine for someone like me who just wants to snap pictures I really like my Tokina wide angle, though!

And definitely invest in good glass. Good lenses are the way to go, even if the camera body is less than stellar.
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Old 07-31-2013, 04:56 PM
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Ack, that's supposed to say 18-55mm and 18- 105mm f/3.5 - 5.6 for the kit lenses. It's been a long week LOL
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I used to have the Nikon D90 with the 50mm f/1.8 being my main lens. I also had a 18-55mm kit lens and then the 18-105mm kit lens, and a Tamron 55-200mm f/4 - 5.6, and a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens for wide angle stuff. Really, really like it, it's a fantastic camera. It was my first DSLR and user friendly enough for me, but also great for when I wanted to get a bit more in depth.

Here are some pictures I took with the camera -
Early morning pictures.

Early evening pictures.

Beach pictures at sunset/dusk. A few outdoor action shots in there.

Indoor dog show pictures. Two agility shots on the second page, I think.

A used D90 would probably just be about around $100 more than a used D5000 or D5100? The D5000 and D5100 are about $70 apart in price when you buy used, although the D5200 is quite a bit more. I haven't the D5000/D5100/D5200's before though, so I really don't know how they compare.

The kit lens is either the 18-55mm f/3.5 - 4.6 or the 18-105mm f/3.5 - 4.6.

Older "D" series lenses will autofocus on the Nikon D90, D7000, and the new D7100 because those camera bodies have a built in autofocus motor. The D5000/D5100/D5200 camera bodies do not, so you will have to purchase the lenses that have a built in AF motor if you want autofocusing. For example, my 50mm is the 50mm f/1.8 D (which I got for $50 used) and it autofocuses on the D90. However, if I had the D5000 and I wanted autofocusing, I would have had to buy the newer 50mm f/1.8 G (which I think is around $150? Haven't checked before, so don't quote me on that!).

Nikon doesn't have to be the only way to go for lenses. I've heard some great things about Sigma lenses (although I will admit the reviews seem inconsistent), and I have both a Tamron and a Tokina lens and like them both. I am less than thrilled with the quality of the Tamron but it works fine for someone like me who just wants to snap pictures I really like my Tokina wide angle, though!

And definitely invest in good glass. Good lenses are the way to go, even if the camera body is less than stellar.
Ah, glad you said that because I wouldn't have known!(about the autofocus in the lens)

I DO use Auto focus, and manual focus. I'm sure it's better to use manual, but sometimes it's easier/faster to just use auto...

I would looove a D90, but from what I have seen, even used ones are far more expensive than what I can spend

What's the best place (online) to get used cameras and lenses?

Is a kit lens any good? Or should I not bother and go for something better? I can't afford a several hundred dollar lens. For the lens I am looking for under $100 but now I'm not sure if that is even possible...
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