DSLR Model Recommendations

Hi everyone,

I'm in the market for second hand DSLR camera, mostly interested in Canon purely because I know a few friends with one but will also check out Nikon.

I am a beginner but rather not need to upgrade again in a hurry. I mostly do outdoors stuff and want it for landscape and sports/action photos.

What are some good models? I can't make sense of their model numbers.

Budget: $500-800


  • Whats your lens budget? Makes more difference than body really. Canon and Nikon have the greatest lens availability, especially used.

    • I am looking to buy one with a basic lense or 2 and go from there once I know more of what I need/want

  • Used Nikon D5xxx or D7xxx + 35mm f1.8G lens is really good for a beginner.
    Even you can find some used full frames like Canon 6D in that price range (got my 6D for ~$800 2 years back)

  • If you want budget then Canon and Nikon are your best bet because of the second hand market. It's been a while since I looked but I'd expect that you could pick up a 6D or 80D in that price range now, or a decent D3XXX or D5XXX package. You might get a Sony A6XXX for that, but the second hand F-mount lens market isn't as good. Canon EF autofocus lenses have been around for over 30 years, and Nikons will mount lenses from the 70's onwards (although some have inbuilt AF, some require a drive motor in the camera, and some won't have AF at all).

    Remember that each lens, even budget lenses, will cost at least 25% of the price of the body. A decent used lens will cost as much as your body (e.g. a 24-70 f2.8 or 70-200 f2.8).

    It's also worth forking out $70 for a flash (the yongnuo YN 56X ones are good value). The one on the camera (if it has one) is really only for emergencies or supplementary (fill) light. Have a read through the lessons by "The Strobist" once you have your camera.

    • There's a 60D locally for a very good price so could get decent lens to suit. Is this an okay model without all the bells and whistles of a new camera?

      • What's a very good price? 60d is getting on a bit. 70d and 80d are pretty reasonably used nowadays. 7d if you want to do more sports than landscape.

        • $250 with a 50mm 1.8 lens.

          Okay thanks I'll look into then a bit more.

          • @Red01: That's an ok price but it's nothing unusual. IIRC I sold my old 550d (same generation as the 60d) for about 250 a few years ago. The old 50 f1.8 was as little as $120 brand new when the dollar was higher.

  • Have you considered mirrorless options?

    And with your budget I think you would struggle to get the lenses you need. You'd need a wide angle for landscape and a telephoto for sports. Of course you can get an 18-200mm or equivalent but you end up with a 'jack of all trades but master of non' lens.

    • I was under the impression that mirrorless are lighter but more expensive, with poorer battery life. Are they more reliable/durable?

  • sports/action photos.

    probably not going to happen at your price point.