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mathstudent

Purchasing a DSLR camera, any advice?

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Hello everyone.

I am interested in purchasing a DSLR camera, mostly for bird and nature photography. Does anyone have any suggestions for camera body + lens combos that I can purchase second hand (say, off ebay) for less than $700?  For a lens, I have been considering a Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens, as I have heard good things about them, and they have sold on ebay for less than $250. I have heard that buying a good lens is (usually) a better investment than buying a good camera body, and I have also heard that when it comes to photography, what you pay for is (usually) what you get. I would appreciate any advice that y'all may have.

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Besides eBay, you might try Amazon Warehouse deals. It is usually filled with items that have been returned, but often, just wasn't what the customer was looking for. So they tend to be very slightly used, if at all. Make sure to find one that says Excellent or Like New. I was able to find my Panasonic FZ-1000 that way, when they were no longer making them. It came with a 30 day money back guarantee. That way, I had a couple of weeks to explore with it, and if unhappy, could still return it. You likely won't find that on eBay.

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On 1/31/2018 at 5:07 PM, mathstudent said:

 For a lens, I have been considering a Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens, as I have heard good things about them, and they have sold on ebay for less than $250.

Hi. Make sure you by lens USA market -not a grey  market ,same with camera -why - anything stop working  Nikon don't fix grey market product.

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I paid $650 for my refurbished Nikon D7100 from Amazon, and that was 2 or 3 years ago. It's still going strong! Of course now you can buy one new for just under $700.

But anyway, I've heard horror stories about refurbished cameras. My experience was good, and plenty of others have had similar ones. Basically, they're just returned cameras that had an issue fixed, and are often in basically new condition. And they're often a good deal less than buying new, sometimes even similar in price to buying used. Plus (at least from Nikon) they come with a 90 day warranty. Just make sure to read the description from sellers if you decide to go this route. It may be best to make sure the camera was fixed directly from the manufacturer, and don't be afraid to ask the seller questions!

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