Apologies, but I meant the D
5100, which is an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) & probably what your G/daughter was referring to if she was talking about a seperate lens.
[/u]510 is a `superzoom` camera that has a powerful 42x optical zoom lens built in. which is equivalent to 24-1000mm (in 35mm format)
re the 55-200mm lens. It is what's known as a `kit` lens, (if it's the older non VR/stabilised one http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nik ... s/p1010195
) which is ok for the money, but not very bright/fast @ 4.5-5.6
Then there's the newer VR version http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nik ... s/p1018071
which is much better. Also don't be afraid to check out the reviews of non Nikon lenses.
In general, the faster/brighter the lens, the better it is, BUT, at a cost! I still reckon the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-nik ... s/p1014102
is a great lens for the money, but it might be slightly over budget. If she needs to go wider in the future, she can always save for another dedicated lens
No probs buying a used body, if you get it from a reputable source, then that may give you the extra money to invest in the glass, which is more important than the body for most folk.
It's a real minefield this camera lark .....& very addictive too!
Don't be afraid to keep asking for help advice. Hopefully others might come up with some other ideas too.
Good luck with your decisions.
Are you UK based btw?
btw,He who dies with the most toys, WINS!Nikon D800E & D700 bodies + Nikon 200-400mm F4 VR1, 50mm F1.4G, 16-35mm f/4G VR, 105 F2.8 VR macro, 70-300mm lenses. A couple of filters, Giotto tripod & ballhead. Lowepro Slingshot 302 AW