First DSLR for Son ?

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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
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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:
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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