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Hello!

My friend wants to purchase his first dSLR this Christmas and has a budget of $700-1k. His goal is to take pictures of his family and his newborn. Having said that, I recommended the d5100 with kit lens for $800.

Would you recommend something different? If it was for me, I'd personally recommend an older body, a quality used third party zoom, and a flash.



Dec 14, 2011 at 06:50 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Setup for under 1k


there are many ways to slice this pie, and your first instinct is probably the one to go on. it's right in his budget zone, and he can even add a 35/1.8G (for low light work) and be right at $1K.

if it's his first dslr, he might also be very happy with a D3100 + kit + 35/1.8G.

cheers



Dec 14, 2011 at 07:21 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Setup for under 1k


Thanks for the feedback. How much does a 35mm f/1.8 run? I'm not familiar with Nikon but do like the 50mm focal distance.

Another option would be the d3100+kit+flash since he plans on taking pictures of his baby. I simply recommended the d5100 since it has an articulating screen which may come in handy for shots of babies.



Dec 14, 2011 at 08:43 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Setup for under 1k


D5100 + kit lens + either 35/1.8 or 50/1.8 its a dream starting package in photography.


Dec 14, 2011 at 09:44 AM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Setup for under 1k


Being that he has a new born, I would definitely go for the 5100 since the video is better than the 3100. Believe me, he'll be doing a LOT of video!


Dec 14, 2011 at 11:50 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Setup for under 1k


Mishu01 wrote:
D5100 + kit lens + either 35/1.8 or 50/1.8 its a dream starting package in photography.


Yup.



Dec 14, 2011 at 02:54 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Setup for under 1k


Smiert Spionam wrote:
Yup.


I would only add a flash as well. For what he will be shooting the flash will be invaluable. I would forgo the kit lens if something needed to go to make room for the flash in his budget. Even the little SB400 can bounce I believe.....




Dec 14, 2011 at 04:05 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Setup for under 1k


abam wrote:
there are many ways to slice this pie, and your first instinct is probably the one to go on. it's right in his budget zone, and he can even add a 35/1.8G (for low light work) and be right at $1K.

if it's his first dslr, he might also be very happy with a D3100 + kit + 35/1.8G.

cheers


Yeah. A D3100 kit + 55-200vr + 35 1.8 should be possible at $1000 or less.



Dec 14, 2011 at 04:48 PM





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