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I just posted a similar thread on the canon board but figured I'd ask some advice here just to run things around in my brain a bit.
I'm helping one of my younger family members pick out a first camera. She has her eye set on a Canon Digital Rebel XS with a kit lens or some gobbily gook like that. I'm going to have her think things through a bit before she lays down money (she is still working on saving and should get there within a few months) and consider CaNikOny and various other mirrorless options. I'm also taking her to a store to try lots of bodies in hand.
Her total budget will probably be $500-600.
My thoughts go as follow in no order:
5Dc+50/1.8 plastic fantastic
D300+35/1.8 or 50/1.8 of some variety
I remember my frustration with slow kit lenses and cheapo DSLR's and figure a single lens and solid body that allows her direct control would be a great place to start learning. I would then gift her a some basic strobist gear (stand+flash+umbrella+remotes), plus a ZA one light field guide for her birthday a few months later.
Is there any reason to shy away from a well-cared for D300? She doesn't seem interested in video. Obviously an update to the D7000 would be nice if it could push the price down and make the D7000 or D300s bodies fall into her price range. I'm well aware of the availability of cheap D5100's, but I have handled them and am less than impressed.
If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions, I'm all ears.