Under $1,000 Recommendation

The reality is, as with most things in life, each of these kits I will be recommending offer a trade off.  Some times that is a trade off of quality for cash or vice versa.


Below is an entry level setup that will give you basic equipment you need to get started: –

TOTAL COST = $890.68

The Nikon D3000 has been replaced with the D3100 which does offer some additional features, but in order to save money, go with this still capable camera and two lenses to get you started.The lenses are the Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 and the Nikon 55-200 AF-S VR f4.5-5.6 Every camera kit should include this lens.  There are VERY few exceptions to the rule that a good lens cost a good amount of money, but this is one of them.  The Nikon and the Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens is cheap in price but has wonderful image quality.  The lens is a prime, meaning no zoom, but even if you don’t use it at first, you will eventually.  And at a little over $100, it should be in every kit.

Yea, you need one of these to save all those photos your going to take. A decent little case to hold all your gear.

Not absolutely necessary, but you will eventually need to clean your lens and camera.  Don’t just wipe that lens with a tissue. You may not have thought about this, but a device like this is needed to get all those photos off your card.  You really don’t want to transfer directly from the camera.

Camera Review – dpreview Lens Review – Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Lens Review – Nikon 55-200
Lens Review – Nikon