Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm II Lens (non VR) £299 @ Park Cameras
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Nikon D3000 Digital SLR Camera + 18-55mm II Lens (non VR) £299 @ Park Cameras

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Found 30th Nov 2010Made hot 30th Nov 2010
Best DSLR for beginners. Next cheapest price for camera + lens is £339, and that's for Currys and PC World who don't have it in stock.

Product description below:

The entry-level D3000 is Nikon's most accessible Digital SLR to date, boasting a range of innovative features that help to guide you through photography. The new model offers 10.2 megapixel resolution, 11-point autofocus system and a large 3" LCD monitor. The D3000 is designed for Digital SLR first-timers; the intelligent Guide mode simplifies the camera set up and shows you how to get better pictures.

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Very good deal.

I always wonder when 'Best for beginners' is stated.

Does that mean that you will start with this one then need to upgrade when you get better?


After all a beginner is only a beginner til they get better at it, surely.

I would be more inclined to get one that is for the semi pro and learn how to use it and SAVE £300.00.

Edited by: "rizla01" 30th Nov 2010

rizla01

I always wonder when 'Best for beginners' is stated.Does that mean that … I always wonder when 'Best for beginners' is stated.Does that mean that you will start with this one then need to upgrade when you get better?After all a beginner is only a beginner til they get better at it, surely.I would be more inclined to get one that is for the semi pro and learn how to use it and SAVE £300.00.



I wouldn't worry too much about that. The D3000 includes a full range of settings including aperture and shutter priority alongside the program modes. It is entry level because it has a relatively low resolution, cheaper standard lens, cheaper build quality.

The reality is that technology will advance to the point where you want to change the camera before you outgrow what the camera will do. By getting into Nikon as a starting point, it means you will be able to buy quality lenses knowing that you can take them with you when you do upgrade.

Cheapest I have seen, but without VR lens.

great thing about quality gear is you can sell it on without it depreciating much, so upgrading should not be too much of a worry

Would this be good enough to take photos for A3 posters?

Lowtrawler

I wouldn't worry too much about that. The D3000 includes a full range of … I wouldn't worry too much about that. The D3000 includes a full range of settings including aperture and shutter priority alongside the program modes. It is entry level because it has a relatively low resolution, cheaper standard lens, cheaper build quality.The reality is that technology will advance to the point where you want to change the camera before you outgrow what the camera will do. By getting into Nikon as a starting point, it means you will be able to buy quality lenses knowing that you can take them with you when you do upgrade.



I agree, manufacturers are adding so many features to their entry level DSLRs that its getting harder to justify going up the range.

Canon man myself, but this is a cracking price for a starter kit if you want to go with brand new route.

Worth paying a bit more and getting the latest VR lens IMHO

camerapricebuster.co.uk/pro…tml

£322 at currys with code, or £334 from AJ Electronics
Edited by: "Lefty" 30th Nov 2010

rizla01

I always wonder when 'Best for beginners' is stated.Does that mean that … I always wonder when 'Best for beginners' is stated.Does that mean that you will start with this one then need to upgrade when you get better?After all a beginner is only a beginner til they get better at it, surely.I would be more inclined to get one that is for the semi pro and learn how to use it and SAVE £300.00.


Yeah, beginners as in "new to photography"? If you want to find out whether you like to take pictures, you do not need to spend £300.

If however, you already know you like photography and you have decided to take your pictures with a DSLR, it's not a good idea to make a decision on price or specs alone. You really need to try out a few different makes/models until you find the right one for you.

I personally was using Nikon film SLRs most of my life, but if I bought a DSLR today, I would probably go for a Pentax.

If you already thinking of "upgrading" your camera before you even bought it, it's probably the wrong one.

As said by pet2000 its best to try stuff and work out what you want.

Which lenses can you afford. For instance can you afford Sony lenses? Are you gonig to be buying legacy lenses and may want in-body stabilisation?

On paper the Pentax K-x blows the D3000 away and is worth at least considering.

snapsort.com/com…K-x
Edited by: "Conqueror" 30th Nov 2010

This is a great camera,

Sell the 18-55mm lens as its not too good and get a 35mm 1.8 (around £150) and your all set.

I have a D80 and will at some point get the 24-70mm lens. As my camera is getting on a bit and has already had to be repaired, would something like this be good enough for the lens? I'm not particularly keen on spending another grand on a d90/d7000.

benjai looks a good replacement.. if you want similar again

snapsort.com/com…D80

Conqueror

As said by pet2000 its best to try stuff and work out what you want.Which … As said by pet2000 its best to try stuff and work out what you want.Which lenses can you afford. For instance can you afford Sony lenses? Are you gonig to be buying legacy lenses and may want in-body stabilisation?On paper the Pentax K-x blows the D3000 away and is worth at least considering.http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D3000-vs-Pentax_K-x



And that's a review? Take some stats and put them into a table. At least go to a decent review site.
Edited by: "HipposRule" 30th Nov 2010

Spellling

Cheapest price this package has ever been.

Conqueror

As said by pet2000 its best to try stuff and work out what you … As said by pet2000 its best to try stuff and work out what you want.Which lenses can you afford. For instance can you afford Sony lenses? Are you gonig to be buying legacy lenses and may want in-body stabilisation?On paper the Pentax K-x blows the D3000 away and is worth at least considering.http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon_D3000-vs-Pentax_K-x

The K-x is a very capable little camera indeed. Pentax has managed to … The K-x is a very capable little camera indeed. Pentax has managed to squeeze what is, for this class of camera, an impressive feature set into the camera's minuscule, rather inconspicuous, body and the image quality, especially in low light, is the best we have seen so far in the entry-level bracket of the DSLR market. To put some icing on the cake, all of this comes at a currently, compared to the closest rivals, very attractive price point. To us the lack of visible AF points is the camera's only real drawback but if you can live with this omission you can't go wrong with the Pentax K-x.



I trust this will suffice

DP Review Pentax K-x conclusions

summary



Edited by: "Conqueror" 30th Nov 2010

I'm a complete beginner and need to ask what is a VR lens and whats the difference?

Lefty

Worth paying a bit more and getting the latest VR lens … Worth paying a bit more and getting the latest VR lens IMHOhttp://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod1167.html £322 at currys with code, or £334 from AJ Electronics



All out of stock

I have this kit bought it from Argos ebay for £269.99 back in September. I am new to SLR and would don't worry about the VR its not necessary on such a short lens. It helps stabilise a picture to stop it blurring but more useful on longer lenses.

noeasywayout

I'm a complete beginner and need to ask what is a VR lens and whats the … I'm a complete beginner and need to ask what is a VR lens and whats the difference?



VR is Nikons Vibration Reduction. As this is not done in the body it is provided in some lenses. I have a D40 and a non-VR 18-55mm and have no issues.

For a beginner, Id suggest a D40 second hand and a few lenses to begin with rather than brand new purchase. Ive had mine for over a year and got into to photography in a big way now. Im now in the hunt for a more advanced model to give me further control. To start off with a more advanced model however I think I would have been lost.

How does this compare to the 450d for £324 (code may have expired so may be £360)?

Thanks F1_Fanatic for the advice

F1_Fanatic

VR is Nikons Vibration Reduction. As this is not done in the body it is … VR is Nikons Vibration Reduction. As this is not done in the body it is provided in some lenses. I have a D40 and a non-VR 18-55mm and have no issues.For a beginner, Id suggest a D40 second hand and a few lenses to begin with rather than brand new purchase. Ive had mine for over a year and got into to photography in a big way now. Im now in the hunt for a more advanced model to give me further control. To start off with a more advanced model however I think I would have been lost.



Hi, That is my preferred move but we all like NEW things, don't we.

I don't consider myself to be a newbie to Photography. One of my first cameras was an MTL 3. Moved up to Nikon SLR and had a load of new cond lenses but sold them all on ebay when I got my FZ3 thinking that they would fast become redundant (Idiot!!).

I have had my Panny FZ3 (3.1Mp) since and am still on the original battery (plus a spare) but I don't seem able to get anywhere near the quality that others do nowadays, but don't know how much of thaat is down to lack of 'seeing' a shot worth taking.

That, I guess is what evening classes are about.

So a bit of a dilemna in forking out £400+ for a good DSLR. Would it be wasted in my hands?

The D40 has most of what I want but wait a year and then what?

FNC

How does this compare to the 450d for £324 (code may have expired so may … How does this compare to the 450d for £324 (code may have expired so may be £360)?



I think this deal has expired too, checked yesterday and it wasn't available

jcuthell1

I have this kit bought it from Argos ebay for £269.99 back in September. … I have this kit bought it from Argos ebay for £269.99 back in September. I am new to SLR and would don't worry about the VR its not necessary on such a short lens. It helps stabilise a picture to stop it blurring but more useful on longer lenses.



Have to disagree, my wife has this camera as a beginner, and h VR lens produces much better results in low light, especially if you aren't using a tripod.

Lefty

Have to disagree ... VR lens produces much better results in low light, … Have to disagree ... VR lens produces much better results in low light, especially if you aren't using a tripod.



Absolutely right... It's definitely worth the extra £30 or so for VR.

Lefty

Worth paying a bit more and getting the latest VR lens … Worth paying a bit more and getting the latest VR lens IMHOhttp://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod1167.html £322 at currys with code, or £334 from AJ Electronics


There's no such thing any more - the D3000 and VR Lens kit is out of production.

You'll need to stump up an extra £100 for today's equivalent - amazon.co.uk/Nik…A4M

Vr makes a massive difference for me,i must have really shaky hands,im waiting for a deal on the d3100 then i will sell my d40,i did buy a fuji s5 pro but sold it on as i could not master it,no point trying to run before you can walk,also my d40 kit goes for more on ebay than i payed new over 2 years ago.

Out of stock and discontinued
The did advise on a refurb but gonna look around a bit more I think now.

Hi guys

I am a beginner, what does non vf mean?

big_anth

Hi guysI am a beginner, what does non vf mean?



Did you mean Vibration Reduction (VR)? - this is the in-lens image stabilisation feature.

thanks
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