Agreed. Or you can look into just the body of Nikon D60 and buy a nice piece of glass like a Nikon 55-200 telephoto lens later.tfabarcher35 said:circuitcity.com has a nikon d3000 on sale now for 479. If I was in your shoes thats what I would be buying.
Don't rule out used either. I bought a used D70s for $250 from a friend who took very good care of it. I've also purchased all of my glass used and you can save a great deal of money that way.
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