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Mar 14, 2019 19:51:11   #
Fossilxprs (new user)
 
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR photography. My history, started with 35mm in the late 60's, went to Canon EOS Elan with several lenses and 1000's of photos, Konica Minolta Dimage (?) which I haven't used in probably 10 years. I have a budget of around $1000 and have been looking at the Nikon D5600 with multiple lenses in refurbished to get more bang for my buck. There are multiple packages offered thru ebay from RedTag, Cameta, etc. I know to watch out for bootleg cameras with no factory support. Any of the dealers I should watch out for, be steered to or back up and start over? The more I read the more I'm confused. Now the D7500 looks like an option. I'm certainly not a pro, but more than a beginner. I enjoy nature/animal/closeup/sports photography. Recently upgraded cell phone but never been happy with what they produce and the transfer lost 3 plus years of my photographs about our full time rving. Never want to rely on one again as I'll never replace those photos. Any advice is welcomed, thanks for your input and expertise..

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Mar 14, 2019 20:50:46   #
imagemeister (a regular here)
 
Fossilxprs wrote:
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR photography. My history, started with 35mm in the late 60's, went to Canon EOS Elan with several lenses and 1000's of photos, Konica Minolta Dimage (?) which I haven't used in probably 10 years. I have a budget of around $1000 and have been looking at the Nikon D5600 with multiple lenses in refurbished to get more bang for my buck. There are multiple packages offered thru ebay from RedTag, Cameta, etc. I know to watch out for bootleg cameras with no factory support. Any of the dealers I should watch out for, be steered to or back up and start over? The more I read the more I'm confused. Now the D7500 looks like an option. I'm certainly not a pro, but more than a beginner. I enjoy nature/animal/closeup/sports photography. Recently upgraded cell phone but never been happy with what they produce and the transfer lost 3 plus years of my photographs about our full time rving. Never want to rely on one again as I'll never replace those photos. Any advice is welcomed, thanks for your input and expertise..
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR... (show quote)


My best advice for you is to save up around $1500 and get the Sony RX10 IV which can be seen here - https://www.kenrockwell.com/sony/rx10-iv.htm

But no I do not have or use one 8-(

Oh, and please look at my work to get an idea that I might just know what I am talking about - please do !

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Mar 14, 2019 20:51:08   #
swartfort
 
While I am not as old as your story indicates that you are, we have a very similar background in the hobby. A bit over a year ago I was given a D3400 kit with 2 lens. I found an instant draw to wildlife photography, especially birds and BIF. After about 16k shutter actuations on the D3400 I knew that I needed more options for my style of photography. I started looking, and found a used D7500 in mint condition. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy it. I know others will try to put you into a D500, or one of the full frame Nikons. All are fine. But for me, I find that the D7500 hit the sweet spot of many customizable features, great focus system, and the same processor as the D500 and the D850!! I think you are on the right path looking at refurbished and used. There are several online retailers who can be of assistance. (Adorama, B&H, Cametta, et al.) If you can, find a camera store and "feel" the bodies before you buy.

You can click on my link below to see some results.

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Mar 14, 2019 21:17:43   #
RichardTaylor (a regular here)
 
Welcome to the forums.

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Mar 14, 2019 22:58:16   #
gtilford (a regular here)
 
Although I have not shot Nikon I did do a fair bit of research on them before I picked up a Panasonic g85. You may also want to check out the Nikon d7200 it and the Nikon d7500 both compare real close depending on which bells and whistles better suit your shooting style. Just throwing it out there

https://cameradecision.com/compare/Nikon-D7200-vs-Nikon-D7500

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Mar 15, 2019 06:21:15   #
Peterfiore (new user)
 
imagemeister wrote:
My best advice for you is to save up around $1500 and get the Sony RX10 IV which can be seen here - https://www.kenrockwell.com/sony/rx10-iv.htm

But no I do not have or use one 8-(

Oh, and please look at my work to get an idea that I might just know what I am talking about - please do !

..


I too agree with the Sony...I use it for all around reference photos. I'm a Landscape painter and have been into serious photography since art school. I started art school in '73. Lots of cameras over the years and many systems. I use different formats for the job at hand. The Sony is a very capable machine and the Zeiss lens is outstanding.

Peter

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Mar 15, 2019 06:43:16   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
Fossilxprs wrote:
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR photography. My history, started with 35mm in the late 60's, went to Canon EOS Elan with several lenses and 1000's of photos, Konica Minolta Dimage (?) which I haven't used in probably 10 years. I have a budget of around $1000 and have been looking at the Nikon D5600 with multiple lenses in refurbished to get more bang for my buck. There are multiple packages offered thru ebay from RedTag, Cameta, etc. I know to watch out for bootleg cameras with no factory support. Any of the dealers I should watch out for, be steered to or back up and start over? The more I read the more I'm confused. Now the D7500 looks like an option. I'm certainly not a pro, but more than a beginner. I enjoy nature/animal/closeup/sports photography. Recently upgraded cell phone but never been happy with what they produce and the transfer lost 3 plus years of my photographs about our full time rving. Never want to rely on one again as I'll never replace those photos. Any advice is welcomed, thanks for your input and expertise..
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR... (show quote)


Right now the D7200 is a real bargin. If you have more money to spend I would personally recommend the Nikon D500 for sports and wildlife. If your just a causal shooter the D7200 will do everything for you at a bargain price.

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Mar 15, 2019 07:06:29   #
CO (a regular here)
 
The Nikon D3xxx and D5xxx series cameras have a pentamirror viewfinder. If you go to a D7xxx series or above Nikon you get a superior pentaprism viewfinder. The glass prism inside gives a larger, slightly brighter view through the viewfinder. If you get a D7xxx series camera, you'll also get U1 and U2 memory settings on the mode dial and dual command wheels.

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Mar 15, 2019 07:30:14   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
To the OP, although I am sure I want a DSLR but do you really want a DSLR? Do you give the mirrorless any consideration?

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Mar 15, 2019 07:45:45   #
larryepage (a regular here)
 
With your stated budget, I believe that you are on the right track looking at DSLR options. I am a Nikon user, so I have a bias in that direction, but Canon makes fine cameras also, as do the other manufacturers.

Since you have stated that you like to shop for used and refurbished lenses from a variety of sources, I'd suggest that you strongly consider a Nikon D7xxx. The 3xxx and 5xxx series cameras do not have internal focus motors, which will prevent you from using a large number of lenses that you are likely to find on those markets. The D7200 is on significant sale right now and can be bought new for what has been a typical used price.

Good luck with your ssearch, and welcome to the forum.

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Mar 15, 2019 08:42:10   #
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Mar 15, 2019 08:47:28   #
lehighjack
 
If you still have your Minolta A Mount Lenses, you can use them on Sony SLTs 65. 68, 77, 77ii, 99, 99ii Cameras.Used 77 and 77iis are priced generally below 800 dollars. OR, you may opt for a Sony mirrorless, such as an A7ii (new abut $998.00) and a Sony adapter LEA4 on sale at $298 new or less used. Save money, use good glass you are familiar with, money saved for the inevitable future GAS attacks. Have fun!!

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Mar 15, 2019 09:37:53   #
Picture Taker (a regular here)
 
Go to a store and handle them and find one that is conformable.

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Mar 15, 2019 09:38:11   #
Silverman (a regular here)
 
Fossilxprs wrote:
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR photography. My history, started with 35mm in the late 60's, went to Canon EOS Elan with several lenses and 1000's of photos, Konica Minolta Dimage (?) which I haven't used in probably 10 years. I have a budget of around $1000 and have been looking at the Nikon D5600 with multiple lenses in refurbished to get more bang for my buck. There are multiple packages offered thru ebay from RedTag, Cameta, etc. I know to watch out for bootleg cameras with no factory support. Any of the dealers I should watch out for, be steered to or back up and start over? The more I read the more I'm confused. Now the D7500 looks like an option. I'm certainly not a pro, but more than a beginner. I enjoy nature/animal/closeup/sports photography. Recently upgraded cell phone but never been happy with what they produce and the transfer lost 3 plus years of my photographs about our full time rving. Never want to rely on one again as I'll never replace those photos. Any advice is welcomed, thanks for your input and expertise..
New to the group and looking to get back into DSLR... (show quote)


Refurbished is a good idea when getting started in DSLR Photography. The Nikon D5600 would be a fine start for a Camera. For Lens, a Nikon 50mm prime, a 28 or 35mm prime, a 18-140 Zoom might be a few ideas to consider. The Prime lens will be great for Portraits and lower light shooting without a flash. The 18-140 is a nice "Walk-around" lens to cover a variety of shooting circumstances. These are the Lens I own with my Nikon D3300 Camera. ( Highly rated reviews.)

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Mar 15, 2019 09:45:00   #
mizzee (a regular here)
 
I think you’ll be happier with the D7200 or 7500, given your level of experience. Used/refurbished from KEH, B&H, Adorama, Hunt’s will serve you well.

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