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
Buy a refurbished body and refurbished lens from Nikonusa.com. The refurbs are as good as new