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Which DSLR is ideal for a rookie?

Jrmond 9 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 2:09PM
I want to get this D40 I found for exchange at and I was wondering if its the right choice for me to get into photography! Does it matter that the model is old?
12 Oct 2012 2:14PM
I was researching this for ages, and I eventually went with the D3100 Nikon - I paid 370quid for it brand new with the 18-55mm VR lens!

And its perfect for me, even has a programmed guide in the menu which tells you how to create different shots.
Jrmond 9 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 2:20PM
Does that stand for all Nikons or just for the 3100?
I am intrigued by the idea of exchanging for it, cause at the moment i am sort in cashTongue
User_Removed 12 80 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 4:13PM
I started with a D40 with a 18-55mm kit lens, was/is a great camera. I learnt so much with it and achieved so much using it. I have recently upgraded to a D5100 and a 18-105vr kit lens and haven't looked back Grin
Newdevonian 9 466 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 4:15PM

Quote:Does that stand for all Nikons or just for the 3100?
I am intrigued by the idea of exchanging for it, cause at the moment i am sort in cashTongue

No. The more complex / expensive bodies assume a higher level of knowledge.
213hardy 13 719 England
12 Oct 2012 4:19PM
I started with and still use my D3000, it has the 18-55 kit lens, but in addition purchased a 55 -300mm, this works for meSmile

cozzmic 9 24
12 Oct 2012 5:05PM
Get a second hand Nikon D5000, Cracking little camera, easy to use even in low light when you push the ISO. Had mine since 09 and have taken over 45000 pic's with it and still good as new.
Snapster 9 142 England
12 Oct 2012 7:51PM
Personally I would at least pick a few cameras up and have a play with them before buying one.
You tend to get a feel for what's right for you.
Go through the menu options, what works best for you could be a nightmare for someone else.
Have a think about the areas of photography that interest you, it will help you decide about the lens or lenses you require.
Using the internet is great, but you can't beat hands on Tongue
Homebug76 9 1 United Kingdom
12 Oct 2012 10:17PM
I have seen that on the Cex website you can pick up a D3000 body for quite cheap for now, they have a few more auto focus points than the D40 and the guide and menu is quite a bit more up to date than that of the D40. The D60 is a great camera too and has a few more mega pixels in its armory. Also what would sway me would be the price of a D40 because I have noticed they can still be a bit pricey. But having used a few Nikon's I would happily settle for a D60 or a D3000/D3100 if I had to rewind a few years and start again! Hope that helps a little bit! Grin
13 Oct 2012 5:26AM
I bought a second hand D40 from e bay i am very pleased with it.It came with a 18/55mm kit lens i added a 55/200mm kit lens.I am not a pro by any means but i find it very easy to use as for the pixel count that does not bother me as i am very happy with the results if like me you take photographs for pleasure its spot on i can go up to A4 size photographs with no problems it all depends how far you want to go but for me it just the job.

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