There have been so many cameras over the last 20 years that there are certainly some bargains to be had now. In this video, two cameras each costing less than $300 are pitted against one another.
It isn't long ago that getting a full frame camera, even second-hand, was not cheap. Typically, you would have to make do with a crop sensor or micro-four-thirds, and then upgrade to an entry-level full frame body in the future. Now, with the industry shift towards mirrorless bodies, we're left with vast swathes of older DSLRs that can be picked up for relative peanuts. In this video, Tony and Chelsea Northrup go head to head in a shootout with a total budget of $1,000. They each opt to spend the bulk of the money on glass — a wise move — and their body choices are under $300 in both cases.
While the lens choices were interesting, they weren't cheap, but the bodies were. Chelsey went with the Nikon D600 and Tony went with the Canon 1DS. Despite Tony's sound logic in buying an ex-pro level body, its age and spec let it down to my eye. Personally, I would have reached a little further with the body budget and opted for primes instead of zooms when it came to glass. Regardless, it's a little mind-blowing to me that you could buy a full frame DSLR and a nifty fifty for under $300 in today's used market.
What body would you buy if your budget for a full frame camera was $300?