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.