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Old January 4th, 2011, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Looking at older DSLR's

What do you recommend? I have been looking at Nikon. So far I have looked at the D100, D70 and D40. The D40 seems like it may be the best for what I want, and the D100 and D70 are rated close with the edge given to the D70.

Is there something else I should be considering?? I have been looking at used camera's around $300 with less then 10,000 shutter clicks.

My trusty Fuji S700 just isn't cutting it for me anymore.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 06:22 PM   #2
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I loved my D100. Probably ran 100000 pics through it. Drug it through two years of we-rock courses, rolled off a mountain with it... landed hard enough to bend a 200mm lens, but the body was fine. never did anything other that get it cleaned a couple of times. You probably don't want to buy a body from someone who hangs out at comp courses. I think the body is heavier that the D70 and the D40. See which feels better to you. I think the D100 bodies are about 200 - 250 on ebay. If you are buying a used one ask them if they have had it professionally cleaned. I just gave mine to my brother in law to try or I would let you try it out. I bought a D300 about a year and a half ago.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 07:15 PM   #3
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D100's and D70's are getting to be pretty old stuff now. If you're looking for a pre-owned camera, I'd say get whatever is the more recent model in your price range. The new stuff is almost always better.

I haven't shopped prices since I bought my D60 a few years ago, but I image you might be able to scoop up one of those in your price range, given that it's been replaced with a newer entry level model. A D40 is nearly the same camera, but I don't think the kit lens is a VR (Vibration Reduction) lens like the D60.
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Keep in mind that with a D40 you will lose the ability to auto focus older lenses that don't have the motor built in. The D100 and D70 both have the ability to focus these lenses. Even some brand new lenses don't have a motor in them
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Old January 8th, 2011, 04:27 PM   #6
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D100's and D70's are getting to be pretty old stuff now. If you're looking for a pre-owned camera, I'd say get whatever is the more recent model in your price range. The new stuff is almost always better.

I haven't shopped prices since I bought my D60 a few years ago, but I image you might be able to scoop up one of those in your price range, given that it's been replaced with a newer entry level model. A D40 is nearly the same camera, but I don't think the kit lens is a VR (Vibration Reduction) lens like the D60.
I don't mind old stuff, it means I get it cheaper. I am only a hobbyist, so as long as I can blow it up to 8x10 I don't care. It isn't a camera I will be carrying everywhere, just because of the bulk. It will be for when I am out with a purpose in mind.

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Keep in mind that with a D40 you will lose the ability to auto focus older lenses that don't have the motor built in. The D100 and D70 both have the ability to focus these lenses. Even some brand new lenses don't have a motor in them
That is my only concern with the D40, that and it is all composite, while lighter it seems as though they don't take a beating that well. I know I am probably going to give it a good beating even as much as I care for my cameras.
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Old January 8th, 2011, 06:15 PM   #7
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I've got a Canon G10 (fancypants point and shoot) and a Canon 7d.

The D40 is a piece of shit and the D100 is like 8 or 9 years old now. I remember when it came out and I was barely in college.

The D60 isn't too bad. You should be able to find a D90 for cheap now also. The D90 is a nice body but it's a bit long in the tooth.

There is no point in buying a relic unless you're going to buy junk lenses also. At which point you'd be lightyears ahead with a top-of-the-line Point and Shoot.

I got my Canon G10 two years ago brand new for like $400. That's what a D60 body costs. And I dare you to try to take a video with a D60. The G10 takes better pictures also. It just doesn't have the ability to telephoto very far. And I just sold the teleconverter for mine because it was useless.

I'm not a camera snob, my wife is. I just spend a lot of time researching them before I plunk down the coin. Same reason why I ended up with Canon crap instead of Nikon.
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Old January 9th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #8
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How come Nikon?

It's sickening to see the prices of cameras these days. While i use Canon I can imagine it's the same for Nikon. Mine was $1,200 new and now I can pick it up for around $200 used or a brand new body in box that just wasn't sold for around $500.

Ouch but great for you

Happy hunting!
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