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    Default DSLR Cameras? What's good for a beginner?

    My daughter has picked yet another new hobby that she wont stop pestering and researching about. She wants to buy a DSLR camera and her money is burning a hole in her pocket. So I ask you, NES braintrust, what is a solid entry level sub $500 DSLR camera set up for my beloved little pest of a cherub to work her ass off to earn enough to buy a new camera?

    She is looking a a Canon Rebel EOS T5
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    Find an older model EOS D series body and get a good lens for it.

    B&H has a couple of that set in your $500 price range... A 40D, 1D Mark II, and 5D...

    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...r_digital.html
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...i_digital.html
    https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...al_camera.html

    IMO, any 'kit' that includes a lens for under $500 is crap. If you expect her to break it, fine. If not, invest in getting a solid first camera.

    For the record, I've had Canon EOS cameras for over 15 years. I progressed from an used 10D until I picked up a 1Ds Mark III and 1D Mark III body. I sold off the 1D Mark III but kept the 1Ds Mark III. I also have all 'L' class lenses (all f2.8). You never regret buying great glass. Great glass will last longer than you have the body it connects to. I would also advise to NOT get any EF-S lenses. They are more limited (cheaper too).
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    She may want to look into mirror-less cameras, they are getting pretty good. Not quite the speed of a dslr, but close. DSLRs will still do better for low-light and fast action sequences, but the mirror-less cameras are about the same for everything else and a lot smaller, so more likely to actually bring along and use. The Sony Alphas are usually a good bet, I haven't looked at them recently though.

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    Default DSLR Cameras? What's good for a beginner?

    Canon 6D.

    Lens: 16-35 2.8, 24-70 2.8, prime lens 85mm 1.2 F

    Those will cover most of hobby needs.
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    Any DSLR plus a class or two at NESOP or similar. The camera doesn't matter.

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    here is a good site for reviews and comparisons

    https://www.dpreview.com/buying-guides

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    Quote Originally Posted by Golddiggie View Post
    Find an older model EOS D series body and get a good lens for it.

    B&H has a couple of that set in your $500 price range... A 40D, 1D Mark II, and 5D...
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    Take her to a camera store (Hunts not Best Buy) and let her handle the cameras to see which system fits her hands better. Back when I was trying to figure out which way to go I rented both for A weekend... I understood and liked Nikon better and that's what I went with - the lenses are more important, start with a 50 1.8 and go from there.

    B&H in NYC (online too) has the best prices and no sales tax...
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    I'm a Nikon guy, but for a beginner, I would go with Canon. They're like the "Apple" of DSLRs.

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