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Mar 31, 2018 07:09:46   #
cochese
 
It depends on your taste. My first camera was a Canon XSi, I took some great shots with that with a Canon 28-135 lens. They are pretty cheap these days and tne XSi is still a very good body. I would upgrade the lens to a Canon 15-85 and the body to a t2i that would be a great staarting point to get you going and for much less than your budget. Then when you figure out what else you may or may not need you will have some money already saved.

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Mar 31, 2018 07:15:35   #
hj
 
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lense
Usage notes[edit]. Lense is accepted as an alternative spelling by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, but proscribed as a misspelling by Garner's Modern American Usage, Paul Brians' Common Errors in English Usage, Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English and others.

foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE

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Mar 31, 2018 07:26:30   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


1. Nikon 2. Nikon 3. Nikon 4. Nikon 5. Nikon 6. Nikon 7. Nikon 8. Nikon 9. Nikon 10. Nikon

Yes, I believe the Nikon D7200 with the 28-140 lens is a nice start. I would add a 35 mm 2.8 as a cheap add on lens so you can stay on budget.

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Mar 31, 2018 08:08:13   #
Skiextreme2
 
A good camera that is well taken care of should last decades. I have a film camera that still works fine after 20 years and my first digital cameras are the same. My first DSLR is 15+ years old and aside from lower MP, it still does fine. My D7100 will probably last a long time too. I am looking for a camera with more and faster features in the next couple years but I'll keep the D7100 as a backup. Below are things I look for when buying a new(er) camera (not necessarily in order). I think the camera lens combo is a good bet for your needs and will last a long time, though if you're going to be shooting sports of any kind, a longer zoom may be better. Plenty to choose from in refurb or used to keep cost down.

1. Low light capability/ISO
2. Frames per second/how many shots at burst speed
3. 24 MP or better
4. Card slots (2 vs. 1)
5. WiFi capability
6. Image stabilization
7. Lens compatibility
8. Focus options
9. Lens/lenses that fit your needs (low light, fast focus, distance, stabilization)
10. Cost

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Mar 31, 2018 08:32:29   #
Billybeau
 
Great choice of bodies, the 7200 is a great camera body, don’t forget that it’s a DX body so wile choosing a lens your 1.5x factor comes into play. Now your widest 28mm is now 42mm and long end becomes 210mm. Best deal I have seen on 7200 body is a refurbished by Nikon for 709.00 at Adorama.Good luck on whatever your choose might be use it and have fun with it.

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Mar 31, 2018 08:35:56   #
steveg48
 
Most cameras on the market have enough megapixels unless you are going to print large.
I think an important feature that will help you to get good exposures is a live histogram.
Someone else mentioned image stabilization. I would agree with that. Other items mostly covere by other answers

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Mar 31, 2018 08:43:24   #
aflundi
 
weslake wrote:
...I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget

These are what I look for and consider to be of show-stopper importance:
1) Consistent and complete exposure system with autoISO in manual exposure mode with exposure compensation. (D7000-series and up are good.)
2) Ability to change all important exposure, metering and focus settings with eye at viewfinder. (D7000-series and up are good.)
3) AF-ON button for back-button focus AND an AE-L button that can lock and hold the measured exposure until toggled off. (D7000-series can do that by using the Fn button, but kind of clunky.)
4) If DSLR, capable of focus fine-tune. (D7000 series and up are good.)
5) Flash TTL control through hotshoe. (D7000 series and up are good.)
6) Be able to set up bracketing so that once started, you don't need to touch the camera until done. (D7000 series and up are good.)
7) Capable of being tethered to view and control basic settings. (D7000 series and up are good.)
8) Viewfinder with good, non-distorted optics that works in dark environments. (D7000 series and up are good.)

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Mar 31, 2018 08:46:39   #
ChristianHJensen
 
Well it depends................

Lense is accepted as an alternative spelling by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, but proscribed as a misspelling by Garner's Modern American Usage, Paul Brians’ Common Errors in English Usage, Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English and others.

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Mar 31, 2018 08:50:02   #
CO (a regular here)
 
A pentaprism viewfinder is important. Entry level cameras usually have a pentamirror viewfinder. The glass prism in a pentaprism viewfinder gives a slightly brighter, larger view through the viewfinder.

AF fine tuning is a good feature to have.

The D5, D500, and D850 have the best autofocus system. It's the first Nikon autofocus system to have a processor dedicated to AF. When I got my D500, I noticed the difference with all of my lenses.


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Mar 31, 2018 08:52:43   #
wds0410
 
ChristianHJensen wrote:
Well it depends................

Lense is accepted as an alternative spelling by Webster's Third New International Dictionary, but proscribed as a misspelling by Garner's Modern American Usage, Paul Brians’ Common Errors in English Usage, Robert Hartwell Fiske's Dictionary of Unendurable English and others.



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Mar 31, 2018 09:04:15   #
repleo (a regular here)
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


#1 = Most important:
1. Mirrorless
2. Weight
3. ISO Performance
4. Bulk
5. Available lenses
6. Sensor size
7. Pixel count
8. Controls / menus
9. Tilt screen
10. Price

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Mar 31, 2018 09:05:33   #
RKL349
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget


A good combination. I think you mean an 18-140 lens, and if I am correct, B&H has them on sale, refurbished, for about $250 right now.

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Mar 31, 2018 09:32:46   #
wkillham
 
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Mar 31, 2018 09:44:01   #
AirWalter (a regular here)
 
weslake wrote:
I have $1000 to 1200 to spend on a camera and lense which is not a bunch. Open to all options new, used, refurbished. I would rate myself as an amateur who just knows enough to be dangerous. Just to give you an idea of what I have found on my own is a Nikon D7200 with a 28-140 lense.

I would like to have some input on a top 10 list in order of importance of what people look for in a camera and lense on a budget



You have probably figured out by now that You are not going to get the answer You are looking for on this site or any other site for that matter. Don't get Me wrong; You will get many answers, but most of them will seem to be to a completely different question than the one You posted. Everyone on this site is biased toward the equipment that They use. That Nikon D7200 that You mentioned is probably a very good choice for Your intentions and price range. I say You should stop looking further, buy that Nikon and lens assuming it is from a reputable dealer, and enjoy it. You won.t be sorry with that camera so have fun.


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Mar 31, 2018 09:46:06   #
pappleg
 
But Rudeness is there and it appears alive and well, unfortunately!
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE

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