Nikon camera kit for 150 dollars. Strictly for beautiful photographs.

I was thinking if I only had 150 dollars to spend on a camera kit, what would I purchase in 2023, that I know would get me great photos. Now this would strictly be for photographs. I would probably buy a Nikon D60 (just because you get a little more pixels compared to the Nikon D40). I was searching for one (Nikon D60) on and the shutter counts were really high. A shutter count of under 20,000 is what I would look for on these old cameras. So I would of bought a Nikon D40 on the current stock. Ken Rockwell recommended the D40 over the D60. But in 2023 the 10 mega pixels on the D60 would give you a little more cropping room, compared to the 6 mega pixels of the D40.

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Nikon D40 Cost = 40 dollars (Shutter counts were below 10,000).

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G cost = 109 dollars (in excellent condition).

This is image was taken with the old Nikon D60 that I once owned.

I’ve owned a Nikon D60 once and really regret selling it. I still have my Nikon D70 and love it. The only drawback to the Nikon D70 is the small LCD screen on the back. The Nikon D70 reminds me of a film camera, because you can’t really tell if you took a good picture until you open it on your computer, since the LCD is real small. You can see enough of the image to see if it was overexposed.

Really you could not go wrong with the Nikon D70, D60 or D40. The D70 does have an internal motor for lenses without motors. What’s great about the D70 is the battery life lasts forever. I’m talking weeks. I own a Nikon D7100 and the battery is dead in a day. Same with the Panasonic DMC-G6.

The Nikon D70, D60 and D40 are all CCD sensor cameras. Which can give you a film like look photo.

Nikon D70 image.

I would avoid heavy old Nikons like the Nikon D200. Great camera, but it never leaves the house, because of the weight. Weight really plays an important part in camera selection.

Nikon D200 images are great. Just really a heavy camera to carry. Definitely a film like image.

Now the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G prime lens would give you great quality photos while learning about photography. Better to buy a great lens and a cheap camera.

But now would I really want a DSLR in 2023? Would I be better off at buying an inexpensive mirrorless kit? Maybe?

What’s great about carrying a cheap camera is if you lose it, break it or get robbed. No big deal. If that happens to your Leica, then it’s off to visit your local bank.

You could get a cheap Sony or Panasonic mirrorless kit for under 150 dollars. I’m pretty sure.

Panasonic LX3 traveled with me through Central and South America. Photo taken with a Nikon D60.

What’t nice about the Panasonic LX3 is it has a fixed lens. Years ago you could pick these up cheap on EBay, but the prices have gone up. Still a good choice and video capabilities are not bad. Before the pandemic I bought a Panasonic LX5 for 35 dollars, which I gave to my father.

Also, think about a Canon DSLR kit. I’ve never owned a Canon and would like to try one some day.

Now you might be thinking only really cheap people would look for a 150 dollar camera. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to try a Nikon Z9 and the latest lens for 7000 dollars plus. Sure, if I needed that to make money it would make perfect sense. I guess it would? I almost feel guilty posting this in our materialistic society. Like has he gone mad… send him to prison for thinking about buying an old camera for 150 dollars.

Using old gear is like going back in time. Say for instance a person who still shoots film and uses a dark room. Photos have a different look. Even some Hollywood directors still use film, because film has a magical look. Think of Eddie Van Halen that put together his own guitar and sound system. He admitted it was junk. He called his sound, “brown”. Putting an odd ball kit together and creating our own, “distinctive look”. I’m still searching for mine. 🙂

An old Nikon FE film camera I owned.

Is it only me that looks at these 7000 dollar mirrorless camera images and thinks, “it looks sanitary”. Almost to clean. Nothing left to reveal. The magic is gone. Imperfections add style, mystery and personality. For instance, even my Nikon D7100 CMOS sensor camera images don’t look as good compared to a CCD sensor image, in my opinion.

You might consider taking up a personal challenge and see what kind of images you can create with a cheap camera. The next time I’m at a thrift shop and see that 5 dollar digital camera lying in the heap of cables and old phone cases. It’s mine!

Reflections was the theme of the day out with the Nikon D70.

Mostly these pictures are of reflections off the water. Plus some birds and random photos. I was using the AF-S Nikkor 55-200 mm lens with VR. When I was shooting the geese, I set the AF-area mode on closest subject. I was having a hard time focusing in on the geese and birds. I batch cropped the photos in Gimp so the quality is reduced on purpose. Movie at bottom of page show the photos with better resolution.

Now I will admit on this photo I enhanced the color in Gimp to bring out the blue sky more.

Love the dark burgundy color of this leaf.

I think this is a duck house. But I’ve never seen any animal use it


The D70 did pretty good on focusing on the tip of the thorn.

Grass with nice reflection off water.



A small overhang that supports this giant pine tree.

The geese know me pretty well and continue to sleep.

Chickadee dive bombing for the black oil sunflower seeds.  Nikon D300 does better job of moving birds. But I like the grainy look of this photo. Reminds me of film.

More chickadees in motion.

Water with an unusual color. Like a silver shimmer on the surface. Nikon D70 sensor magic.

Water effect again, but more pronounced. Silver effect.

Movie with all the photos. Rendered in mp4 format. I use kdenlive to make my movies. I like the webm format, but mp4 works with the Ipad.

Nikon D70 6MP shootout. Old school is New school. Paid 49.00 dollars.

So I bought a Nikon d70 digital camera online for 49.00 dollars. No tax and free shipping. FedEx. Slap me.

Plus it only had around 4100 shutter clicks. Poor thing.

Give me photos that are not perfect. Give me wrinkles. A good brie on sour dough toast that I made myself. A straight jacket that has padded elbows. A good artisan soap that gets soggy in the soap dish. You know?

This was a long shot across a lake.

My god I think there is dirt on the sensor. I noticed it on a sky shot. But not bad for a camera that was introduced in 2004. Plus I can clean the sensor. Imagine that. Sensor cleaning kit would probably cost more than the camera?

I’m starting to believe trees have faces.

The days were rainy and slightly chilly. I drank some decaf coffee to pause my brain. I had a day pass from the asylum. And really decaf coffee should be outlawed. It’s a sin. Like drinking parrot shit. I’ve made it 4 days without real coffee. Then this one day with decaf. Sad. Sad day trying to keep the truck in my lane to the park. Sleeping in the parking lot at 7am in morning. I woke up and ate a banana. The ranger looked concerned.

You can buy a Nikon Z7 mirrorless kit for around 4000.00 dollars. Joke of the year if you have not heard. I think this Nikon d70 might outperform it even wearing a straight jacket. Pushing the shutter button with my tongue. Nikon Z7 fanboys and girls looking for the comment section now. Bastard.

Our fate like this tree. You shall fall. Gods going to cut you down. Johnny Cash.

Now this sensor is the expensive CCD which was supposedly costly to manufacture. Like building the space shuttle over budget type expensive.

Any flaws the camera has is obviously my skills. No excuse the camera is perfect. Nikon Z7 credit card debtors sweating it out. Surely no.

Old Nikon FE that is waiting on a light seal kit. Maybe one day it will shoot again?

Took this shot of deer from my truck. Cropped heavily.

WordPress determined to make this a link? Time to look for new CMS.

Falls creek falls.


Lot of rain in Tennessee.


Fighting wordpress on inserting pics.

What if the perfect camera was engineered. Pictures so flawless that you attempted to poke you finger into the photo to see if it was real. What fun would that be?

What’s cool about the Nikon d70 is the sound. It’s addictive. Shutter speed is just right. You can think between shots. Not like pulling a trigger on a 50 caliber and your looking for the target through the smoke. The small led display is 1.8 inches. You don’t need the display, because the exposure is dead on target. This is a 6 megapixel camera. The Nikon D70 is about the same size as the Nikon D300, but 8oz lighter. Nikon D70 is a carry all day without bitching. Both the D70 and D300 have a robust build even though the D70 is plastic. It feels like magnesium plastic. Battery life is lovely jubbly.

I bought mine here





Casio Ex-V8 3rd world ghetto camera. Paid 4 dollars on ebay.

Sometimes I just want a camera that the thieves can steal without me giving a damn. The kind that I can walk in the ghetto and the hustlers have a better camera than me.

It has a sliding cover that reveals the lens and flash. Also, the sliding cover turns the camera on and off. Camera is made of metal!

So I bought a Casio Ex-V8 on ebay for 4 dollars. The shipping was around 8 dollars. So I guess it’s really a 12 dollar camera.

Here is a video of some shots taken with it. I’m into half ass videos lately.


The camera is about 10 years old. Has a 8MP ccd sensor. The pictures come out pretty good. Video works the best close to the subject.

Is it worth 4 dollars? If it gets stolen I do believe it’s worth every penny.