Nikon DSLR for a beginner? Any models out there that also do video? Looking to spend $300-$400 on the camera body, another $200-$300 on a lens and I have no idea at which of the zillion models to focus my eBay searches on.
I'm a beginner, never owned a DSLR, but I'm jealous of the vastly superior photo quality my buddies' cameras produce. They all have and love their Nikons, so if I'm going to start investing in lenses I'd like to stick to Nikon (or am I too much of a n00b to be worrying about things like that?).
I'd love video, but if it's not possible in this price range then I can live without it.
What do I plan to photograph? People at parties, vacation shots, my future kids, etc.
The lens I'm looking to get is a used Sigma 18-200mm and I'm basing that on this comment
and because Sigma lenses seem to be cheaper than Nikons. Is this a good choice to replace my 4X zoom P&S PowerShot?
And finally, should I be looking at sites other than eBay for used camera stuff?
Thanks for your help, I've been reading previous AskMes
but I'm looking at the low-end and the marketplace changes very quickly so I'm afraid of relying on older answers.