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    I think it's complete, but I need to check. I'll let you know

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    If you can find a 40d then grab one. The cheap 50mm lens (called the nifty fifty) is a good idea. The 40d was the last of the magnesium bodied consumer camera. Faster focusing and a faster 6.5fps shoot rate over the previous 10, 20 and 30d. But all are great and durable due to magnesium bodies, cheap and easy to find batteries and great pictures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    If you can find a 40d then grab one. The cheap 50mm lens (called the nifty fifty) is a good idea. The 40d was the last of the magnesium bodied consumer camera. Faster focusing and a faster 6.5fps shoot rate over the previous 10, 20 and 30d. But all are great and durable due to magnesium bodies, cheap and easy to find batteries and great pictures.
    Won't a 40d be really expensive as it's much newer?

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    40d is at least a 10yr old camera. Released in 07 I think. Should be able to find a nice used one for under $100. The 50d and all those after it were plastic bodies. You had to step up to the 5d, 7d or 1d series to get magnesium bodies.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeW View Post
    40d is at least a 10yr old camera. Released in 07 I think. Should be able to find a nice used one for under $100. The 50d and all those after it were plastic bodies. You had to step up to the 5d, 7d or 1d series to get magnesium bodies.
    OK will look out for one! Thanks!

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    Agree thst 40D won't be much more if any than a 20D. Price difference unlikely to be any more than GBP10-20 if that. The 20D is fine but for thst price difference I would suggest getting the 40D if you can.

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    Yeah maybe $40, 50, 75, 100 for decent 10d, 20, 30, 40d respectively. They all use the same battery. 10,20 had small screens while 30 and 40 had bigger screens. I think all were 5fps max until the 40 added a faster a high and low speed mode up to 6.5fps. I have owned all of these at some point or other. The 40 was the most snappy of them all. 10,20,30 all felt the same to me but the 30 was nicer due to larger screen.

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    Me again. I should have the money coming through this week so I had a look at Gumtree again and saw this Nikon D60 with a 18-55 Lens (VR kit it's called? Like Virtual Reality?) for 120 and there's a Canon 350D again with 18-55 Lens for 60. I have no issue spending the extra on the Nikon if it's worth it, but I'd also need a memory card to go with it but they're not expensive. Also a Canon 400D for 100. Thoughts gratefully accepted photo type people!
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    The VR in the Nikon kit stands for Vibration Reduction...basically another term for image stabilization. Canon's term is IS. It means the lens has a mechanical gyroscope in there to help when handholding at low shutter speeds.

    The 350D and 400D were called the Rebel XT and Rebel XTi here in North America. Consumer kits. Plastic bodies. Good cameras though. Nothing wrong with them at all.

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    So I got him the Nikon D200 and lens listed Here

    He seems really happy with it.

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