I am obviously new here. I am looking to purchase my first camera. looking at something similar and easy to use as the Nikon d5000, I have used my friends camera a few times and really like it. is there something similar that's not as expensive? I have seen a Nikon D40x for sale on Craigslist that i might buy if you guys think its a good beginner camera. help me my budget isn't to big right now because I'm going to comic-con. I'm looking to spend 300 or less on a decent camera. I'm located in the San Gabriel valley.
Welcome to Nikonians! Thanks for the intro. Glad to have you with us.
While it is slightly over your budget you can get a Refurbished D3100 w/ 18-55mm VR lens for $349.00 at www.adorama.com?kbid=912610 or a Refurbished D3000 w/18-55mm VR lens and 8GB memory card and Accessory kit for $279.95 at www.cametacamera.com . If you can stretch your budget, the D3100 is well worth the $70.00 difference. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!