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mikeyjoe97 Registered since 19th Apr 2011
Tue 19-Apr-11 05:10 PM

I'm brand new to the forum & to DSLR's in general. I finally convinced my wife it was time for a new camera but the question is "which one". I've narrowed it down to the 3100 and the new 5100.

My question is this:
Currently, my local camera shop has a rebate deal with the D3100 ($100 off) plus a rebate on a 200mm zoom lens ($150 off) if you buy both. So the total is around $700.

The D5100's just arrived yesterday with a price of $900. The zoom lens rebate does not apply with this camera, so I would either spend another $250 for the lens, or just wait on the lens for a couple months until I've started to figure things out.

So....do I spend the extra $$ now, get the newer/better camera and wait on the lens, or take the rebate deal on the D3100? Are the bells & whistles on the D5100 worth the price for a newcomer?

Any info would be most appreciated!