12-31-2015, 08:31 AM
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  • bullgoose
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The L.A. Times (and most news papers I assume) always has advertising inserts for cameras this time of year. One deal really caught my eye this morning. The Nikon D3200 with two lenses (18-55mm and 55-200mm) is on sale for $396 (normally priced at $876).

What can you tell me about this camera? Should I jump on the deal?

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 12-31-2015, 09:41 AM
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Not familiar with the D3200, but the specks looks good and I'm very happy with Nikon in general (owns a D7000 DSLR, as well as an ancient FE2 SLR that is still going strong). If you already have a camera body that uses the Nikon F mount, it's almost worth it for the price of the lenses alone (provided you don't already have lenses in those ranges).

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 12-31-2015, 09:46 AM
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I would be all over that before the sale is over.  Simple answer, YES.

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 12-31-2015, 09:50 AM
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Thank you for the information Hans. The sale runs through Saturday. I definitely have something to consider.

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 12-31-2015, 09:51 AM
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(12-31-2015, 09:46 AM)Johnny Wrote: I would be all over that before the sale is over.  Simple answer, YES.

Thanks Johnny. I think that I will. This way I can have a camera at the shop as well as one at home.

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 12-31-2015, 10:00 AM
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I bought my wife that exact same camera deal a few years ago. It is a great camera.  I picked up a 35mm f/1.8 DX for a prime and it has been a wonderful camera.  I often use it over my Canon 40D.  The only downside I have with it is its smaller size compared to my 40D.

I say you should get the deal if you don't already have a DSLR with lenses in those ranges.  If you do then it kind of becomes redundant and you need to assess if this gear is really necessary.

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 12-31-2015, 10:17 AM
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(12-31-2015, 10:00 AM)Jsanchez Wrote: I bought my wife that exact same camera deal a few years ago. It is a great camera.  I picked up a 35mm f/1.8 DX for a prime and it has been a wonderful camera.  I often use it over my Canon 40D.  The only downside I have with it is its smaller size compared to my 40D.

I say you should get the deal if you don't already have a DSLR with lenses in those ranges.  If you do then it kind of becomes redundant and you need to assess if this gear is really necessary.

I have a Cannon Rebel SLR (forget the exact model) with the stock lens (15-55 I believe). However, this camera remains at my shop for product photos. So, there may be some redundancy but, I would also have easier access. Decisions.

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 12-31-2015, 10:25 AM
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(12-31-2015, 10:17 AM)bullgoose Wrote:
(12-31-2015, 10:00 AM)Jsanchez Wrote: I bought my wife that exact same camera deal a few years ago. It is a great camera.  I picked up a 35mm f/1.8 DX for a prime and it has been a wonderful camera.  I often use it over my Canon 40D.  The only downside I have with it is its smaller size compared to my 40D.

I say you should get the deal if you don't already have a DSLR with lenses in those ranges.  If you do then it kind of becomes redundant and you need to assess if this gear is really necessary.

I have a Cannon Rebel SLR (forget the exact model) with the stock lens (15-55 I believe). However, this camera remains at my shop for product photos. So, there may be some redundancy but, I would also have easier access. Decisions.

Well as stated above you can have one for work and one for personal use.  There may be a little confusion at first due to different menus and button layout but I personally never had a problem with it. Took me about a week to get familiar with it.  Id say go for it. It's a great little camera

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 12-31-2015, 10:35 AM
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I've had Nikons since 1970, and have always had great luck with them. I've only owned professional grade cameras and haven't kept up on newer technology, but at that price, you can't go wrong. Those two lenses have about every focal length that you would need. Go for it!

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 12-31-2015, 12:17 PM
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(12-31-2015, 10:17 AM)bullgoose Wrote: I have a Cannon Rebel SLR (forget the exact model) with the stock lens (15-55 I believe).

Bear in mind that Canon and Nikon lenses are incompatible, since their mounts differ. For what it is worth, not all Canon lenses are compatible with all Canon mounts; while all Nikon lenses made after 1977 should work on any Nikon F mount - although some functions like autofocus may not be supported.

Not sure if that is going to be an issue for you Phil, since I have no idea of how big a collection of lenses you may have.

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 12-31-2015, 12:46 PM
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(12-31-2015, 12:17 PM)WegianWarrior Wrote:
(12-31-2015, 10:17 AM)bullgoose Wrote: I have a Cannon Rebel SLR (forget the exact model) with the stock lens (15-55 I believe).

Bear in mind that Canon and Nikon lenses are incompatible, since their mounts differ. For what it is worth, not all Canon lenses are compatible with all Canon mounts; while all Nikon lenses made after 1977 should work on any Nikon F mount - although some functions like autofocus may not be supported.

Not sure if that is going to be an issue for you Phil, since I have no idea of how big a collection of lenses you may have.

It is a very small collection...as of now, I have a grand total of one lense. Biggrin

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 12-31-2015, 01:23 PM
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I use Nikon, it is a great camera. I don't know the specific model, but for that price pull the trigger, you'll be very happy with the quality of photos.  Smile

Lorenzo

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 12-31-2015, 01:25 PM
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A few people have asked where they can find this deal. It is at Samy's Camera. They have a website and they offer free shipping in case you were considering it.

In addition to the camera body and two lenses, you also get a filter kit and an SD card. The sale ends on 1/2/16

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 12-31-2015, 01:44 PM
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(12-31-2015, 01:25 PM)bullgoose Wrote: A few people have asked where they can find this deal. It is at Samy's Camera. They have a website and they offer free shipping in case you were considering it.

In addition to the camera body and two lenses, you also get a filter kit and an SD card. The sale ends on 1/2/16

Thank you again for the info! Be on the look out for more quality sotd photos within the next week everyone!

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 12-31-2015, 03:07 PM
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That is a great deal on a lovely camera, Phil. I start off and still have the Nikon D3000 (reserving it for my son). For that price with all of the accessories, that is a superb deal.
Good luck.

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 12-31-2015, 03:15 PM
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  • BobH
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You could always check the reviews on the net like this one http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/nikon-d3200  and others.

Bob

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 12-31-2015, 03:29 PM
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I am an owner of a D3000, and i LOVE it. I have those two lenses. I find that the larger zoom lens produces a superior picture, and i would definitely jump on that deal.

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 01-01-2016, 07:41 AM
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That does sound like a good deal.  Lots of bang for the buck in those entry level DSLRs.  The 3200 is a few years old at this point so Nikon's probably looking to move them all out.  The 3300 has been out for a while now but as long as the 3200 meets your needs, might as well save some cash.

What are you planning to do with the camera?  I only ask because I just checked my local camera shop prices and they seem to be running the same deal on the 3200.  But they also have the 3300 with only the shorter 18-55mm zoom lens for the same price.  So if you don't need the longer lens, the newer camera has a few improvements that you might want, depending on what you plan to do with it.

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