Upgrading to DSLR from Canon Powershot G6

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Re: Upgrading to DSLR from Canon Powershot G6

Postby MEC407 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:03 pm

OK, excellent.

The $300 budget does mean that you won't be able to purchase a brand new camera (the least-expensive DSLRs currently on the market start at $450-$500), but you said you were willing to consider refurbished gear, so here is what I would recommend:

Canon Rebel XT body, $215

+ Canon 18-55 zoom lens, $79

Total: $294

You would still need to buy a memory card, but that shouldn't cost you more than $10-$15 and you can get one almost anywhere.

At some point down the road you'll probably want a telephoto zoom lens; I'd recommend one of these:

Canon 70-210 lens, $126

The gear I linked above is not factory refurbished by Canon, but has been tested, cleaned, and has a 6-month warranty from KEH Camera. (I've purchased gear from KEH in the past and have always had good experiences with them. I'm not connected to them in any way; just a happy customer. They are well-known in the photography industry as one of the best and most affordable places to buy pre-owned gear from. I know lots of professional photographers who buy from them.)

I wasn't able to find any Sony gear in your price range, but you can't really go wrong with Canon. I did find a couple of Olympuses that would fit your budget but they're older and not quite as versatile as the Canon above.
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Re: Upgrading to DSLR from Canon Powershot G6

Postby MR77100 » Sat Mar 31, 2012 9:26 pm

OK! Thank you for the information! I will shop around on Ebay and Amazon first. If you have any suggestions for online shopping, please let me know.
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Re: Upgrading to DSLR from Canon Powershot G6

Postby MEC407 » Sun Apr 01, 2012 3:47 pm

I avoid eBay like the plague, but I've always had great luck with KEH. The 6-month warranty they provide on all their stuff is very reassuring and is actually better than the 90-day warranty found on some refurbished gear. I've also had them do repair work on my cameras and they do a nice job.
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Re: Upgrading to DSLR from Canon Powershot G6

Postby MR77100 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 12:50 pm

MEC407 wrote:I avoid eBay like the plague, but I've always had great luck with KEH. The 6-month warranty they provide on all their stuff is very reassuring and is actually better than the 90-day warranty found on some refurbished gear. I've also had them do repair work on my cameras and they do a nice job.


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Re: Upgrading to DSLR from Canon Powershot G6

Postby MEC407 » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:34 pm

Had a few too many bad experiences with dishonest sellers, and a few too many hassles with PayPal (or as some dub it, PainPal).
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