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**Dick Applebaum**
Mmm...

I am about the farthest thing form a camera expert there is.

I've been doing a lot of surfing/research about cameras in the last several days...

My 17-year-old (18 in January)

*thinks* she is interested in photography. She has suggested to her parents and to me that instead of buying her separate Christmas, birthday and graduation gifts -- that we pool the money so she can spend $1,500-$2,000 on a good DSLR camera, lenses, filters, bag, accessories...

Her dad feels that $2,000 is too much for a

*starter* camera -- especially since she only

*thinks* she is interested.

As a practical matter, a 17-year old should be finding way to pay for a $2000+ camera herself, or at least come up with a better plan than "asking for more expensive gifts"

I personally think a 17-year old needs to start solving problems with, and living within resource constraints. It's a crucial skill.

It also suggests that if it was her money, she might pick more modest equipment to learn photography with. I mean, if someone wants to learn to be a race car driver, Formula One is not the place to start. Let the $2000+ camera be the goal, not the starting point.

Of course, you are correct!

Here's what we came up with.

Her Mom, Dad and I will each contribute $150 ($50 x Christmas, Birthday, Graduation) == $450. My granddaughter will contribute $150 from savings for a total of $600.

We can use the Pentax K-Mount lenses with almost any DSLR with a $12-$50 adapter.

The rest of the Pentax kit (bag, lenses, lens cases, filters, straps, tripod, etc) is in great shape *, so all she needs to buy new is a decent

*starter* DSLR body and Pentax adapter.

* We spent an hour using a toothbrush, rags and Tannery to clean up the old camera bag -- it's about 35 years old and looks brand new... I surfed around and you'd spend $200 plus for a bag of that quality, today.

She plans on doing a few freebee shoots for church, soccer (3 soccer teams in family) to develop her style and show her stuff -- then try to charge money to earn her way to better equipment, as needed.

If it doesn't work out, all we/she have invested is $600 and her time. If we get a decent DSLR body, she should be able to recover about $300 by selling it on eBay.

So, she has $600 to spend (hopefully tax free and free shipping, online). We don't think it is proper to "showroom" at local stores with no intent of buying...

Got $600 to spend on a decent

*starter* DSLR body and K-Mount adapter...

*Any recommendations will be greatly appreciated!*