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Hi everyone.

So I want to get myself a camera bundle and got a second hand D3200 I am looking at.
I was in the KNP with my fathers D5100 and I came across lions just on the other side of the river and the 200mm lens just didn't do it for me.

So now the bundle I am looking at is a D3200 (Not the best body) with a 18-55mm (Standard nikon lens), 50-200mm (Standard nikon lens) and a 150-600mm (Sigma non sport edition)
Should I be looking at this as the price is in my budget and around 15k for all this excluding a few extras like SD cars (Nothing fancy) and a bean bag(Home made) But there is a nice tripod and camera bag included.
I did go and view everything in person and it was well looked after no scratches or anything. But I am going to take some photos this weekend to test it myself.

Any opinions for me? Please note this is like 5 months salary so the bank is hammering me with 27.5% interest
 

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if you have to take a loan or borrow the money from the bank especially at 27% interest you need to ask a couple questions.

1. is this going to bring you income?
2. Are you committed enough to the hobby that you will really get the value out of it
3. how experienced are you with photography, I would suggest if you are newish to it. Take some time to learn about photography with what you have access to , maybe borrow your dads camera and do some photography tutorials, I know nikon has a series of books from snapshots to great shots. You can even apply 90% of those tips and get some crazy photos with a cellphone camera.
I always find if someone isnt willing to do the learning work first, they generally arent serious enough about the hobby to really get into good photography.

just my 2 cents. But I dont believe in buying anything other than a house and maybe a car on credit.
 

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I would avoid Nikon based purely on the fact that you pay 30% Nikon tax in SA. If you compare the prices of something Canon and something Nikon between SA and USA, Nikon is always a lot more expensive. And the fact that you don't get an equivalent of a 70-200mm F4.0 in Nikon. Oh, and of course there is a lot more to choose from in the second hand market for Canon. Apart from that, Nikon is fine. I believe there is a 120mm-400mm Sigma on the forum for a steal (<4k) I would go for that if you go for the Nikon.
 

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I would avoid Nikon based purely on the fact that you pay 30% Nikon tax in SA. If you compare the prices of something Canon and something Nikon between SA and USA, Nikon is always a lot more expensive. And the fact that you don't get an equivalent of a 70-200mm F4.0 in Nikon. Oh, and of course there is a lot more to choose from in the second hand market for Canon. Apart from that, Nikon is fine. I believe there is a 120mm-400mm Sigma on the forum for a steal (<4k) I would go for that if you go for the Nikon.

Yeah the guy is selling the 600mm lens with witch is basically the reason for the price and it's like new so it makes a big value added with that
 

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if you have to take a loan or borrow the money from the bank especially at 27% interest you need to ask a couple questions.

1. is this going to bring you income?
2. Are you committed enough to the hobby that you will really get the value out of it
3. how experienced are you with photography, I would suggest if you are newish to it. Take some time to learn about photography with what you have access to , maybe borrow your dads camera and do some photography tutorials, I know nikon has a series of books from snapshots to great shots. You can even apply 90% of those tips and get some crazy photos with a cellphone camera.
I always find if someone isnt willing to do the learning work first, they generally arent serious enough about the hobby to really get into good photography.

just my 2 cents. But I dont believe in buying anything other than a house and maybe a car on credit.


Thanks man. Yeah well to be honest it won't get money in so that is a big negative. But at my age and with my studies I just need something to relax a bit and enjoy something.
Thanks a lot for the input I appreciate it.
 

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Thanks man. Yeah well to be honest it won't get money in so that is a big negative. But at my age and with my studies I just need something to relax a bit and enjoy something.
Thanks a lot for the input I appreciate it.
You welcome man, I get what you mean about needing something to relax, photography is however a deep rabbit hole to go down. Anyways checkout the outdoorphoto classifieds for camera gear theres usually a deal or 2 there.
 

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The other posters so far make very good points. I'm a fan of Nikon but I'm also seeing a huge difference in price now, more so than the 10-15% when I got into it. I definitely would not personally take a personal loan to buy stuff for a hobby.
 

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The other posters so far make very good points. I'm a fan of Nikon but I'm also seeing a huge difference in price now, more so than the 10-15% when I got into it. I definitely would not personally take a personal loan to buy stuff for a hobby.

Yeah so this is secondhand and well looked after and I have the money just don’t know if I should save for a rainy day or use it now
 

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Seeing as the Sigma 150-600mm can be had for R12k new, and a D3200 kit around R4.5k second hand, this isn't a once in a lifetime deal. I'd suggest buying the body and lenses separately at a comfortable pace.

As above, I also moved Nikon -> Canon due to the fact that the entry level lenses are much cheaper on the Canon side in SA.
 
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