Hi everyone! I hope this isn't a question asked every other day but I was wondering if you guys could point me in the right direction on where to start. Im looking to make a first DSLR purchase and I was considering the D5100 kit and possibly the 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S lens as well. If i purchase them together on amazon it comes out to $850 so that doesn't seem bad. If anyone has other tips or suggestions on where to start please let me know, thanks!
As Marty said, you have chosen an excellent camera that is not only for beginners but suitable for photographers at every skill level.
I would also recommend all of the vendors that he has linked, but some of them may no longer have the promotion available for the 55-300 at a $150.00 discount that Amazon is offering. I think that the promotion was discontinued so Amazon may be your best bet. Their return or exchange policy is also better than some vendors.
Edit. To answer your question, it is a fantastic price for such a good camera and two excellent lenses.