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Nikon D5300 2 lens kit. It's not the best deal I've seen but it's the best I can find for a new one that isn't a grey market or refurb right now. SanDisk - Extreme PLUS 32GB SDHC UHS-I Memory Card and $20 Shutterfly credit. Free 2-day shipping or in-store pickup.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/nikon...Id=5581129
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I have been watching for D5300 deals and this is the best one I have seen in a while for new (non-refurb) equipment.

Can anybody comment on the usefulness of the 75-300 mm lens? It doesn't have VR so I would imagine that it's not too great unless you're shooting with a tripod.

I'm still debating between this deal and the refurb package at buydig that includes these two lenses:
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX Lens - Factory Refurbished
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens - Factory Refurbished
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I have been watching for D5300 deals and this is the best one I have seen in a while for new (non-refurb) equipment.

Can anybody comment on the usefulness of the 75-300 mm lens? It doesn't have VR so I would imagine that it's not too great unless you're shooting with a tripod.

I'm still debating between this deal and the refurb package at buydig that includes these two lenses:
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX Lens - Factory Refurbished
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Lens - Factory Refurbished
The one at buydig has better lens, usually refurbs are pretty much like new with low shutter count. Also no taxes at buydig.
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I am a casual photographer. I have no experience with refurb items so cannot comment on it but VR lenses have an advantage point. If you are inclined towards refurb items, make sure to click as many shots as you can and explore the camera within the warranty period.
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I am a casual photographer. I have no experience with refurb items so cannot comment on it but VR lenses have an advantage point. If you are inclined towards refurb items, make sure to click as many shots as you can and explore the camera within the warranty period.
On the contrary, semi-protog here: I find VR to only be useful in manual settings for long focal lengths. When used with automatic modes and/or Auto-ISO setting on Nikons, it makes no difference because the camera will set a very high shutter speed on long focal lengths to the point where it eliminates camera shake. Of course, your ISO will be fairly high, but the camera doesn't seem to know whether or not the lens have VR.
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On the contrary, semi-protog here: I find VR to only be useful in manual settings for long focal lengths. When used with automatic modes and/or Auto-ISO setting on Nikons, it makes no difference because the camera will set a very high shutter speed on long focal lengths to the point where it eliminates camera shake. Of course, your ISO will be fairly high, but the camera doesn't seem to know whether or not the lens have VR.
Thanks for your insight! Makes a lot of sense.

In regards to my original question, how much of an impact do you think the lack of VR on the 75-300mm lens would be? Seems like that's where it would be most useful.

I'm an amateur so I really have no idea what to expect. I'm not sure whether I'd only notice the lack of VR occasionally at 300mm, or if I'd need a tripod for shooting anything other than landscapes during a bright sunny day.

I'm not in love with the idea of getting a refurbished camera from the other deal but, on the other hand, I don't want to pick up this package and feel like I've wasted money on a lens that I'll almost never use.

Thanks again!
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This is a decent deal. I went with it and returned my D3400 because the snapbridge feature was a nightmare. Wireless Mobile Utility worked from the get go and it is relatively fast.
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Thanks for your insight! Makes a lot of sense.

In regards to my original question, how much of an impact do you think the lack of VR on the 75-300mm lens would be? Seems like that's where it would be most useful.

I'm an amateur so I really have no idea what to expect. I'm not sure whether I'd only notice the lack of VR occasionally at 300mm, or if I'd need a tripod for shooting anything other than landscapes during a bright sunny day.

I'm not in love with the idea of getting a refurbished camera from the other deal but, on the other hand, I don't want to pick up this package and feel like I've wasted money on a lens that I'll almost never use.

Thanks again!
I thought I answered this - The VR is useless because your shutter speeds are too high to make these lens work. For VR allows you to go 3 stops down, but then when you're zooming out to 300 - you need a quick shutter speed to capture whatever wildlife you are shooting at. You will most likely not use these lens on a tripod unless you're trying to spy on your neighbor. For landscapes, you'd probably want wide angle, which I guess this kit has a 18-55MM.

I'd prefer the 18-140 from Nikon that is built better and has better image quality. Best of all though, it's got a more consistent focal length that you are more likely to keep on your camera for general use.

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-...ed-vr.html

I found the 18-140MM to be surprisingly good, and it's much SIGNIFICANTLY better than the 18-55MM/70-300MM kit.
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Good camera. I considered this when I bought my D3300. D5300 has a superior sensor and metal frame. I went with the D3300 because it is lighter and cheaper.
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This is a decent deal. I went with it and returned my D3400 because the snapbridge feature was a nightmare. Wireless Mobile Utility worked from the get go and it is relatively fast.
please tell me more about Snapbridge vs WMU.. I'm in the market for a new body to replace my aging D90.. I do have the new 70-200mm f/2.8e in sights, so I don't want to dump a bunch of money into a body..
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Pretty good deal, I bought D3400 couple of weeks ago with same price, it came with both the lenses, 32Gb card and camera bag. If I saw this deal, I would have bought 5300 instead.
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While the D5300 is a excellent camera, the menu layout makes it not as easy to make changes as their D7000/7100/7200 or higher. That said, it's a excellent camera with regards to IQ with the kit lens, including the 70-300.
Check out my buds images using the D5300 and the 70-300. These are jpegs and goes to show one that a flagship camera is not needed to obtain high quality images: https://www.flickr.com/photos/131...255123612/

Note: this pricing is also available at B&H and Adorama and both offer free expedited shipping and NO TAX! Tax here in California would be a extra $72. if purchased at BB..hell no.
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please tell me more about Snapbridge vs WMU.. I'm in the market for a new body to replace my aging D90.. I do have the new 70-200mm f/2.8e in sights, so I don't want to dump a bunch of money into a body..
Having had a D90, I think the only fair comparison is the D7200 right now. Neither the D3400 or the D5300 have multiple controls to change shutter speed and aperture at the same time.
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Having had a D90, I think the only fair comparison is the D7200 right now. Neither the D3400 or the D5300 have multiple controls to change shutter speed and aperture at the same time.
The real reason for my upgrade, is to be able to use the new 70-200mm.. the other reason; is the features shown off by Snapbridge appeal to me. Most of the time i'm shooting aperture priority or even auto. The fancy options or 10,000 AF points don't really appeal to me.
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Having had a D90, I think the only fair comparison is the D7200 right now. Neither the D3400 or the D5300 have multiple controls to change shutter speed and aperture at the same time.
Bang for the buck, it's had to beat the D7000 which can still be found as Nikon refurbs for sub $400. I had the D90 and it's a great camera, but the images from the D7000 can be pushed in post processing and they are stellar. And yes, it has dual control wheels. I picked up a D7000 body recently with shutter count of 2,900, pristine cond., for $300. Note that I'm a landscape shooter and since the majority of my prints are 16x20 and under, the 16MP sensor is fine. I could probably push the size to 20x30, but the rez might slip a bit. If you print large (above 16x20) go with the more MP cam like the D7100/7200 and up series.
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