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First DSLR for Son ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 56 Chevy, Aug 8, 2009.

  1. My son just had his first child -- my FIRST Grandchild -- how cool.

    He has seen me taking a zillion (yep -- a ZILLION) pictures of her and is now interested in a DSLR instead of his older Sony point and shoot style.

    Any suggestioins for his first Nikon DSLR ?
    Where should he start out -- with his limited budget ?

    Thanks in advance for your thougths
  2. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    I bought my 12 year old a used D70 and a nikkor 28 2.8 AF from keh for his birthday. He loves it. They had it as bargin but I swear the thing looked brand new. Than I got him a used Nikkor 70-300 ED AF for christmas and he loves that to. With NAS fimly implanted, now I get to hear, "Dad can I borrow a lens:biggrin:". Makes me smile from ear to ear. I can still kick his but shooting but his computer skills are "way beyond mine". Not even close.
  3. Jaytron


    Mar 22, 2009
    San Jose, CA
    D70S is a pretty good starting place and is very cheap.

    Nikkor AIS, maybe you guys should team up and start a business :p  He'll handle more of the PP you handle more of the shooting
  4. I would say a D80, D60 or maybe a D70 (they are pretty cheap these days). A kit lens will do (maybe 18-135 or 18-70), unless he really wants to learn photography, then a prime, maybe AI-S to have to work at it. Still they are all pretty inexpensive.
  5. What's the budget?
  6. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    Jaytron: Funny you said that because I just teamed up with a women who is a photographic designer. With are combined strength we should some damage.

    I used to have a nikkor 50 1.8 series E but it seems to be in my sons camera bag instead of mine. He loves prime's. And dosnt even care it wont meter with his body.He just chimps and uses the sunny 16 rule. The other thing is when kids learn to focus on there own I feel it makes them better photographers in the end. Mistakes are one of the process of learning. Iv learned a lot:tongue:

  7. He for sure wants to keep it upder $1000 for a "kit"
  8. MikeG76


    Jun 11, 2008
    Middletown, NY
    D50, they're cheap enough. I saw one on the forums within the past few days for $300 with many accessories. They're lightweight, have a screw drive for non afs lenses. I'll never give mine up, even after I upgrade.

    For a lens, either the 35mm 1.8 DX, 50 1.8, or the good old 18-50 VR kit lens. They are all pretty sharp for their price.

    You can get that used D50, then any one of the above lenses for $500 tops.
  9. D3000 w/SB400 and 35mm f1.8
  10. D90 body only refurb, an 18-55 and 35 1.8, should come up to about the price limit mark. Especially considering that you have lenses he can try out. D60/40/3000/5000 are too limited from that stand point.

    I love my D40, but if I could do it again, no way. Lack of focus motor and lack of commander mode sucks.
  11. mike367


    Mar 22, 2008
    My 12 yr. old boy shoots with a D40 w/ a 18-55 and a 55-200.
  12. A.O.M.E.


    Feb 1, 2009
    D50, 18-70, 35/1.8 and a flash?
  13. D3000 w/18-55 $599, sb400 $120, 35mm f1.8 $200

    $920 with $80 left over for shipping/bag/memory card/AA's
  14. DanWhite


    Jul 10, 2005
    Lansdale PA
    Personally I'd go with the following

    these are prices from KEH.

    D70s $364.00
    50 1.8 $99.00
    85 1.8 $350.00
    SB-400 $119.00
  15. socrdude


    Jun 5, 2009
    D50 is a great camera, inexpensive and the lenses are compatible.
    Great camera!
  16. Chris101


    Feb 2, 2005
    My 8 year old has four cameras, two digital and two film burners. She shoots them equally. She deletes almost everything she takes with her digitals, and throws away most of the film based prints she gets (although I keep most of her negatives.) Her 10 year old brother almost never takes pictures, although he models, and acts in - and directs - their movies!

    DSLR? She finds all my cameras clunky and huge. Even my Leica that I find so compact and efficient.
  17. I suggest the D3000 Kit $599 at B&H comes with a nice lens and built in flash.
  18. just though if you use the bing cash back here in a few days you save about $160
  19. pgdsm


    Jan 30, 2009
    Edmonton ab
    I bought a d60 a year ago now. Great camera but with me being chea . . . frugal I wanted to buy some older used lenses. I really wish I had gone for a d80 instead
    Now I am finding that I am just going to get a d300

    I would recommend any body with a motor in it.
    d50 d70 d80 d90 d300
    locally in vancouver BC there are some pretty good package deals on d80 so there should be some around you.
  20. JakeEbersole


    Mar 11, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL
    Jake Ebersole
    D40, 18-55, 35 1.8, and a SB-600.
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