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Mar 31, 2018 09:56:40   #
stevetassi
 
It would be helpful to know what you will be shooting in order to make a proper recommendation.

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Mar 31, 2018 09:58:33   #
AirWalter
 
stevetassi wrote:
It would be helpful to know what you will be shooting in order to make a proper recommendation.



Read the post again. He already answered this post.


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Mar 31, 2018 10:06:48   #
Paladin48
 
wormtownspawn wrote:
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Mar 31, 2018 10:07:08   #
chapjohn
 
1. Sony
2. budget
3. Lenses

In the budget range you gave you could get sony a6000 kit maybe even the a6300 kit. the kit is usually two lenses...18-55 and 55-210.

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Mar 31, 2018 10:19:04   #
Festus
 
Save your money!

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Mar 31, 2018 10:29:37   #
dragonfist
 
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE


You must have or you wouldn't have made the comment. The only thing worse than a grammar and spelling nazi is a reformed drunk or smoker that can't shut up about it.

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Mar 31, 2018 11:03:09   #
davyboy (a regular here)
 
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE

It’s in my dictionary!

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Mar 31, 2018 11:08:47   #
wkillham
 
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


I can’t give you a top 10 but I can tell you that I have the D7200 and love it. I got mine as a refurb from Adorama for $700. I also have a collection of decent Nikkor glass including 70-200 2.8, 200-500, 18-300 3.5-5.6 and several fast primes. My “everyday” lens is my 18-200 3.5-5.6VR. Paid $700 for it many years ago but you can find them for $200 on eBay. So, $900 get you the D7200, the 18-200 and a few hundred to spend on something else.

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Mar 31, 2018 11:16:23   #
PeggySue58
 
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


I have the D7200 body and started out with the 18-140 lens. I since then have added a 35/1.8G and a 85/1.8G. I shoot similar to what you have said you like to shoot with the main subjects being my fast moving grandchildren! The 18-140 was my main lens for the first year and a half that I had my camera and it has been awesome. I have gotten some super photos of my grandchildren. I added the 35 last year for low light shooting and then just last month I added the 85, which is a great lens for portraits, beautiful bokeh and color. I also finally added a speedlight, a Yongnuo 685yn and I have to say that the 18-140 combined with the speedlight is amazing! You will love the D7200 and the 18-140 combo, then as budget allows build your arsenal according to your needs! Happy shopping and best of luck!

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Mar 31, 2018 11:17:13   #
DebAnn (a regular here)
 
But you knew exactly what was meant - so try not to be a misery.
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE

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Mar 31, 2018 11:18:37   #
DebAnn (a regular here)
 
I would go with one of Canon's Rebel series. You really can't go wrong with those. I have owned two - I still use my T3i because it does such a good job.
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

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Mar 31, 2018 11:26:44   #
davyboy (a regular here)
 
A top priority should be image stability it’s in my dictionary 😑

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Mar 31, 2018 11:35:55   #
JohnH3
 
1. Megapixels (Will you want to make large prints? If yes, more megapixels)
2. Lens focal lengths and features (zoom or prime - image stabilization)
3. Lens f values (lower = more light + plus better capability to blur backgrounds)
4. Weight/size
5. Focus (number of focal points, focus settings, etc.)
6. Built in flash or not (more advanced cameras generally don’t have built in flash)
7. Full or crop frame (Unless you buy used, a full frame is not within your price range.)
8. Simplicity or more advanced (Do you want a number of settings such as auto, various scene settings, and/or various manual settings.)
9. Expandablity (Will you want to eventually expand your lens collection?)
10. Other features such as ISO range/control, flip and/or touch screen, etc.)

If expanding your lens collection is not important to you, you might consider a nice point and shoot such as the Canon SX60HS. It has great focal length and features. My wife regularly prints 16x20 prints from hers. She wanted features in a single lens camera. When it comes to full DSLR, I think one of the most overlooked cameras is the Canon T6s. It is very advanced for the Rebel line. It is very akin to the D80 in features. Pair it with a EF-S 18-135 IS and you have a good package for what you are describing that you want to do. I teach photography/yearbook and I bought one for class and it has served us well. The students will fight over that camera over the T7i and our two T5i models.

I would strongly suggest that you go to a camera shop in your area and let them guide you. The guys at Best Buy and the big box stores seldom know cameras like the guys and gals in a dedicated camera store do! Camera prices seem to be controlled by the manufacturers so no real savings for purchasing on line, etc. If you are like most of us, you just initially want to take great pictures; however, the better your pictures get, the more you will become bitten by the bug to take even better and more creative pictures! Therefore, initially purchasing an expandable setup will save you a lot of money in the long run. I can attest, but after my initial purchase, I hooked up with some great photographers at our local camera store in Auburn, AL and they have guided me well! What I have learned is that no one camera and a single lens will did it all! More important than features (as others have pointed out also) is knowing what it is you want to accomplish with your camera. Go from there and you will end up happy and pleased with your purchase.

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Mar 31, 2018 11:43:24   #
wegriffin8642
 
It is on Google's list...

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Mar 31, 2018 11:55:56   #
tommystrat (a regular here)
 
foathog wrote:
Look "lense" up in the dictionary. IT'S NOT THERE


That's the best you can offer? Why bother?

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