Recently in a community I belong to someone was asking about purchasing a less expensive DSLR camera so she could take better pictures. While typing up my response about my camera and how little it cost me, I came to a realization: The camera itself might not have cost me too much, but my purchases for it did not end there. I bought my new camera in April of this year. Here's the run-down of what it has cost so far:
Sony Alpha A230 with kit lens (18-55mm), refurbished by Sony: $285
Tamron 75-300mm lens: $125 (this was a gift from my wonderful partner)
Minolta 35-80mm lens, used: $30 (eBay)
Minolta 50mm f/1.7 lens, used: $100 (eBay)
Minolta 70-210mm lens, used: FREE (a lucky thing; the guy who sold me the 50mm screwed up and sent me the wrong lens; to make up for it he sent me this free!)
Puffer flash diffuser: $20
External bounce flash: $50
Flash diffuser for bounce flash: $10
Backpack to carry all this stuff in: $30
Extra battery: $20
Total: $670 (if I didn't get the one lens for free that would have been upped to around $800)
So what am I saying? Even "cheap" DSLRs are not cheap. The camera and all but one of the lenses were refurbished or used, which was the only way I could afford that many things for it. All told, it's cost me a lot more money than I had contemplated spending, but it's all well worth it.
What else am I saying here? I love my new bounce flash. It was a really cheap one as I didn't want to spend $300+ more on a flash right now, but I think it's great! Here are a few photos I've taken with it.