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    Default DSLR advice for a beginner on a limited budget

    Hi all

    For a while I have been toying with the idea of buying a DSLR. I quite often get to travel and would like a good camera to document some of the great places I get to see. I’ve been looking at a new entry level DSLR such as the Nikon 3100 or Canon 1100D, but I would still be looking at approximately 350 for a starter package. I’ve noticed I can get an older, second hand DSLR such as a Canon 350d and lens for around half the amount of a Canon 1100D. Would I be better going for something like this to determine whether or not a DSLR is for me before spending more than I need to? Is there another cost effective option people would consider?

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.


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    Hi and welcome.

    Not too sure about second hand gear unless you know the seller.

    Have a look at this tutorial which shows you how to use a DSLR:
    Beginners DSLR, CSC or Compact tutorial to get you on the right track!
    Totally new to photography and just got a new DSLR, CSC or compact? Then take a look at Canons basic tutorials and learn how to use your camera. In Part 2, find out about ISO, Exposure, Depth of Field, Aperture priority, Shutter priority etc in picture form – this applies to all makes of camera.

    If you want to save money. Go to the Canon Outlet on Ebay for some refurbished bargains plus 1 year warranty
    You need to check there on a regular basis as the page changes quite rapidly. I'd also consider the if you can stretch that far.


    Last edited by Chris Cool; 28-08-12 at 02:42 PM.

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    I studied (film) photography at school including processing in a dark room, but it was a good few years ago. The links look particularly useful, thanks.

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    Jan 2010
    NW England


    hi heres my take the 350d is old now so avoid. theres nothing wrong with the 1100d or d3100. they are both entry level and you may well out grow them very quickly. so i would look at 550d/600d/650d or d5100. these cameras will last you a long time so a little more spent at the start will save you in the long run


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