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    Really fancy buying a DSLR camera, never used one before but fancy getting into digital photography. Don't know much about DSLR cameras or cameras in general and need advice on what to get. Budget i've set is up around £400 mark. Was thinking about getting the Nikon D3100 -http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00403MA4M/ref=s9_simh_gw_p23_d0_g23_i1?pf_ rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=cent er-2&pf_rd_r=0Y6CJ3RW8CEPDHCT303P&p f_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=467128533&pf_ rd_i=468294

    Just wondering if that would be a good choice? Thanks for the help!
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    What do you want to shoot?

    With a DSLR the lenses are a more important consideration than the camera body itself, i.e. you’ll gain better performance and flexibility by investing the bulk of your £400 in lenses rather than the camera itself.

    The camera you’ve linked comes with an 18-55mm VR lens which would be suitable for landscapes and general photography. However, it wouldn’t be so useful for sports, wildlife and low light (indoor) work.

    Tell us what you intend on shooting and we’ll be able to advise you further.

    Additionally, are you willing to purchase used equipment?
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    (Original post by ccw)
    What do you want to shoot?

    With a DSLR the lenses are a more important consideration than the camera body itself, i.e. you’ll gain better performance and flexibility by investing the bulk of your £400 in lenses rather than the camera itself.

    The camera you’ve linked comes with an 18-55mm VR lens which would be suitable for landscapes and general photography. However, it wouldn’t be so useful for sports, wildlife and low light (indoor) work.

    Tell us what you intend on shooting and we’ll be able to advise you further.

    Additionally, are you willing to purchase used equipment?
    Bear in mind that a lot of people just starting with DSLR photography don't really know what they're going to take photos of, so in that sense a kit lens is great - inexpensive, if you find that you're having no problems great, if not you can identify what you want to do that you can't currently.

    I identified that I wanted a wide angle because I was trying to take landscapes with an 18-55 and not getting all that I wanted into the frame.

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