Originally Posted by DL2352
I currently shoot with a point & shoot (have some pictures buried like 100 pages back
) but I've been considering a DSLR for a bit.
Could anyone recommend a cheap Nikon DSLR body? Like, let's say you were on a budget and you wanted to get the most out of your dollar. What kind of a body would you get? New or used, it doesn't matter. I've already decided what lenses I would be getting but I'm not sure where to start on the body.
Recently, due to new releases of models, the D40 has gone down in price pretty significantly. It's essentially the same as the D40X (what I've been shooting with) except it shoots at 6.1mp instead. I swear by this site, adorama.com because they sell new AND used equipment at a good price. All of their used equipment are things like salesmans samples and stuff like that. Here's a link
if you're interested to one for $374 with the 18-55mm lens which is, in my opinion, an outstanding kit lens. It's essentially a macro lens. It's what I use for my WDYWT photos. It gives a great DoF. I got my D40X on eBay and it came with the 55-200mm lens which I would only slightly recommend. It's great for long-distance shots, but between the two lenses you kinda miss the ability to shoot at a medium distance and get really outstanding shots. The D40X is gonna cost you a pretty penny, but its main purpose (from what I understand) was to provide the users with the ability to make larger high quality prints by slapping in an extra 4mp. Plus, it's pretty small and lightweight. I would strongly advise going to a photo shop and asking them to let you take a few shots with some of the cameras. For the essentially "base" models of the Nikon dSLR family, I would say that a lot of it is personal preference. I didn't notice any immense changes until you pass the $800 price tag. I wouldn't necessarily swear myself to Nikon just yet, though. I have a Canon Rebel G film camera that I loved for a long time and it was great. My girlfriend shoots with a D40X and I fell in love with it instantly so I crossed over (although I would hardly say that SLR and dSLR cameras are exactly the same thing). Plus, I really prefer the Nikon GUI. If you know anything about cameras, you should be able to use it right out of the box.
Sorry for the essay, but I faced the exact same problem so I was just trying to give some insight. Hope that helps!