dealsnikon d3000 with two vr lenses for $589.00

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The D3000 is a decent entry level DSLR. It's a nice starting point for someone who has grown past the limitations of a point and shoot and wants to try the next level. It could also be a good camera for someone who is taking a beginner DSLR photography class.

VR is a nice feature, but keep in mind that it doesn't stop action or keep things from being blurry. What it does is allow you to use a shutter speed that is maybe one or two stops slower than 1/60th of a second, which is generally considered the slowest speed you can shoot without a tripod and/or flash. So VR might let you move down to 1/30th (or 1/15th if you are very steady) without using a flash or a tripod. Just remember that it doesn't slow your subject down! It also takes a little longer for the lens to focus and be "ready" for the shot.

That's a really decent price for the body and 2 lenses.

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Any advice regarding adding the VR or non-VR lens as part of the deal?

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@glindagw: If you can spring for the VR it will make the pictures you take with the zoom much nicer.

Salesmen will tell you it adds "two stops" to any lens. I think that is going a little far but it certainly improves pictures.

What does "two stops" mean? Stops are the F stop/number and its a measure of how much light gets through the lens. The more light that gets through the less ISO your camera has to use and the sharper, brighter and less noisy your pictures are. What this means in real life? Better pictures at night/dark and sharper less blurry images overall.

Up to you but to upgrade a Nikkor lens to VR $60 is not bad. That is a couple hundred dollar lens as you can see. If you ever intend to get a VR lens at that length then get it now and save money in the long run.

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@quarlesr: I agree that the VR is worth the extra $$.

A few things a potential buyer could consider:
1. How much indoor or low-light shooting will you be doing? This is really an impossible question to answer realistically, because in 2 years you may be shooting something completely different that you ever thought. Photography is cool like that.

2. You can turn VR off in situations where you don't need it and it will let the lens focus faster.

3. Buy the glass. Especially with Nikons, since their lenses work with any body. Like any "rule," there are some exceptions, but at this point if you buy a new Nikon lens and a new Nikon body, they will work together. The very earliest bodies won't work with the new lenses and some older lenses won't auto-focus on the entry level Nikons. BUT, if someone were to get this kit with the VR lenses, in 4 years when they decide to upgrade to a new body, the lenses will work with it.

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Another thing to note: these are DX lenses, meaning they are designed for the smaller sensors found in the entry level and pro-sumer Nikon bodies. The full frame or FX bodies can use these lenses if you put the FX body in "DX mode." Of course, if you've upgraded to an FX body, you'll probably want the FX lenses and the quality they bring with them.

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@jokofoto: Great info. One addition though is that a FX body is a large jump in technology. It is a camera that can be worth more than your car in many cases for the body alone.

I wish i could afford one but i will stick with the DX body and lenses.

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@quarlesr: I agree...want an FX body so badly, but just can't afford it. Even the D700 is out of reach right now. Some day, some day...

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@jokofoto: I was looking at the demos of the D3x and almost convinced myself it would be worth it. Then i remembered that i don't have $7k to blow on a camera PLUS all new lenses (I would not let anything but a Nikkor touch that)...PLUS a computer that can handle the file sized that thing puts out.