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Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm VR & 70-300mm Lens (Refurbished) EXPIRED

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Adorama has Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera w/ 18-55mm VR & 70-300mm Lens (Refurbished) on sale for $399.95. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian

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  • Nikon D5300 DSLR Camera
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED Lens
  • Front and Rear Lens Caps
  • EN-EL14a Battery
  • MH-24 Quick Charger
  • DK-25 Rubber Eyecup
  • UC-E17 USB Cable
  • EG-CP16 Audio Video Cable
  • AN-DC3 Camera Strap
  • DK-5 Eyepiece Cap
  • BF-1B Body Cap
  • BS-1 Accessory Shoe Cover
  • Nikon 90 Day Warranty
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Honestly, don't take photography advice from a website geared around deals. Most people here understand a good deal but don't understand anything else and dramatically overrate the impact of equipment.

Portrait photography is by far the LEAST camera dependent type of photography. Any modern APS-C camera will be fine, including this one. Especially for portraits in a studio.

Maybe you'll need a better lens but frankly shooting f8 on this kit lens at 200mm is fine if you're in a studio with a solid color backdrop.

Portrait photography is all about lighting, makeup, posing, and post processing. If your wife wants to do portrait photography this camera kit will be fine. But she'll have to commit a lot of time to learn about lighting and post processing and practicing it.

Now, if she wanted to be say... a sports photographer and shoot fast moving action, that would be a different story. You'd need to invest a lot more money into camera and lenses. But for portrait? This camera kit is more than enough. Getting a better camera and lens, all else being equal, would improve the pictures only marginally.
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still waiting for the telephoto to be VR in these deals.
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Not sure how serious you are, but "photography business" is very vague. If you are starting a photography business for real estate photography or classified listings this would be a good start although you would also need a wider lens. Neither of these lenses is well suited for portraiture. What you need really depends on what you specifically want to do. This is an excellent crop sensor pro-sumer camera though.
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still waiting for the telephoto to be VR in these deals.
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Careful, refurbished products only come with a 90 day warranty whereas new products have a 1 year warranty.
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This seems like a pretty sweet deal!
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I was thinking the exact same thing..... I would be all over this if that other lens was vr

thanks for posting op repped
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I mean the 70-300 kit lens isn't great be it VR or not. The aperture range is not great. You mostly will be using this in broad daylight at which point you don't need VR. You can compensate with faster shutter speeds.
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Is this a good enough camera to start a photography business or do I need to spend $5k-$8k?
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Is this a good enough camera to start a photography business or do I need to spend $5k-$8k?
You will need telephoto lens
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Is this a good enough camera to start a photography business or do I need to spend $5k-$8k?
Not sure how serious you are, but "photography business" is very vague. If you are starting a photography business for real estate photography or classified listings this would be a good start although you would also need a wider lens. Neither of these lenses is well suited for portraiture. What you need really depends on what you specifically want to do. This is an excellent crop sensor pro-sumer camera though.
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Not sure how serious you are, but "photography business" is very vague. If you are starting a photography business for real estate photography or classified listings this would be a good start although you would also need a wider lens. Neither of these lenses is well suited for portraiture. What you need really depends on what you specifically want to do. This is an excellent crop sensor pro-sumer camera though.
Its for the wife, she wants to do portraits as a business. I was thinking Nikon D5 but that may be overkill
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Its for the wife, she wants to do portraits as a business. I was thinking Nikon D5 but that may be overkill
Look into a D750 as a decent starter. The 5300 is good, but it's still an entry level crop sensor camera, and these kit lenses wouldn't do any good for professional portraits.
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Careful, refurbished products only come with a 90 day warranty whereas new products have a 1 year warranty.
In my experience I never had any problems on my 3+ refurbished dslrs.
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still waiting for the telephoto to be VR in these deals.
That's a weak reason to wait. Sell the non VR 70-300 lens for $100+- on eBay or Craigslist and then get the VR version for $50-$75. more. The overall package is at a good price point. I have both non VR and VR and love them both. These are the best kits lenses ever from any mfg. I use them on my D3400 and D7200 and in comparison to my 35mm prime, the IQ between the 50 and the 18-55 is very difficult see. Now in lower light, the 50 1.8 is faster to focus, but not by much. For general photography like family or vacation use, most people won't see the benefit of a prime.
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Look into a D750 as a decent starter. The 5300 is good, but it's still an entry level crop sensor camera, and these kit lenses wouldn't do any good for professional portraits.
"wouldn't do any good for professional portraits"?? Nonsense. Portraits are all about the lens and the post processing and not about the sensor.
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