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Recently I have decide to get a DSLR camera, but for the moment I cannot afford to spend $1000 for a good camera..

I was wondering if anybody van recommend me a decent DSLR camera in the $600 range (with lenses of course). I am just an amateur, so I just need something to start with. And after all as they say it is more important who is behind the camera.Thanks in adavnce to everybody...

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For your price range:.

Http://www.costco.com/...8&whse=BC&topnav=&browse=&lang=en-US.

- Jay.

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You have a lot of choices: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...&ci=6222&cmpsrch=&cltp=&clsgr=.

Go to a camera store, play with several cameras. Choose the one that you like the best. Don't worry about brand, megapixels or anything else. There is no point in buying a camera that you have difficulty adjusting to, hence the importance of the test drive.http://jcharding.zenfolio.com/..

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Amazon has Sony Alpha A100K 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-70mm f3.5-5.6 Lens for little over $600..

This is excellent camera for such small price. This camera accepts all 94 Minolta AF lenses, all Tamron, Sigma lenses built for Maxxums, and new Sony lenses..

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Svelta,.

The Canon Rebel XT is currently going for $529 off of Amazon.com, including lens, free shipping, no sales tax. I have thie camera and it's an excellent camera. I love it..

For a little more, you can pick up the Canon Rebel XTi for $685 off of Amazon with lens as well..

Both of those cameras are excellent. Nikon may have comparable cams in that price range, I don't know much about the other SLRs, but as I understand, they are all quite capable.Just trying to learn.

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Look into Cameta Camera on Ebay selling Olympus E-330 cameras well under $500..

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I'm very happy that multiple makers are represented in different advices. Each of this cameras accomplished by good lens and filters could produce astonishing images if handled properly..

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Take a memory card with you to a store that will allow you to test various cameras and take shots of both inside and outside the store..

The Pentax K100 is the one I keep hearing about but then which lens to choose?.

The Sigma kit lenses are not as good as the Pentax ones or other compatible lenses so keep this in mind..

Cheers..

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Rocklobster wrote:.

Take a memory card with you to a store that will allow you to testvarious cameras and take shots of both inside and outside the store..

Excellent advice. Also, after taking several test shots, have the store print them out (at your expense, of course it won't cost much for 4x6 prints.). I wish I would have done that when I was shopping for my mom's basic point & shoot. You can't always tell what you're getting just by reviewing the photos on the camera's LCD screen..

The Pentax K100 is the one I keep hearing about but then which lensto choose?The Sigma kit lenses are not as good as the Pentax ones or othercompatible lenses so keep this in mind..

Which lens? The kit lens on the K100 should be fine to start with. Before investing in expensive new lenses, I recommend picking up a couple good used lenses for cheap. (With a few odd exceptions, the old Pentax K-mounts are compatible.) My favourite lens is a JC Penney 135/2.8 that cost me a whopping $15. After getting familiar with the camera & seeing how a few different lenses perform, it will be easier for you to decide what you want in a lens & whether you think that sooper dooper lens is worth the extra cost or the gyppo-matic lens is worth the savings..

I got the Samsung GX-10 (twin to Pentax K10D) & love it. It's not for everyone, though; high learning curve, settings need to be fine tuned to individual preference, no scene modes, colours are boringly true-to-life, etc.... Perfect for control freaks (like me) who break out in hives at the mere thought of using default settings and compulsively post-process no matter how good the out-of-camera shot is. ..

Comment #8

I agree with the advice to go to a store and try cameras out. There's nowhere enough info in the OP on which anyone could base any sensible advice, except to list cameras in that price range. Which, with all due respect, the OP could do for themselves..

Rocklobster wrote:.

Take a memory card with you to a store that will allow you to testvarious cameras and take shots of both inside and outside the store..

Good advice of course, but we need to remember that different cameras will write to memory cards in different ways and if you use a memory card in multiple cameras you may not be able to retrieve all the images successfully. Either that, or one of the cameras will refuse to write to a card that has already been used by another camera..

Just a caveat on that advice..

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Svetla wrote:.

I was wondering if anybody van recommend me a decent DSLR camera inthe $600 range (with lenses of course). I am just an amateur, so ijust need something to start with..

For that price, you have 3 choices (4 if you count the K100D and K100D Super as different choices). Any of them will do a great job..

Canon XT w/ 18-55 ($530).

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...1-REG/Canon_0209B003_EOS_Digital_Rebel_XT.html.

Nikon D40 w/ 18-55 ($496).

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...16-REG/Nikon_25420_D40_SLR_Digital_Camera.html.

Pentax K100D (and K100D Super) w/ 18-55 ($530 - $540).

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...REG/Pentax_19018_K100D_Digital_Camera_Kit.html.

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...G/Pentax_19157_K100D_Super_Digital_Camera.html.

Hope this helps..

Comment #10

Arrowman wrote:.

I agree with the advice to go to a store and try cameras out..

Rocklobster wrote:.

Take a memory card with you to a store that will allow you to testvarious cameras and take shots of both inside and outside the store..

Good advice of course, but we need to remember that different cameraswill write to memory cards in different ways and if you use a memorycard in multiple cameras you may not be able to retrieve all theimages successfully. Either that, or one of the cameras will refuseto write to a card that has already been used by another camera..

Just a caveat on that advice..

Good point. One might have to make test prints after each test shoot & reformat the card between cameras. Time consuming, but possibly worthwhile...

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