Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum, and ready to buy my first DSLR. I'd like to stay below $2,000 for my starter kit if possible.
I had been planning to buy the D5300 and a 18-200mm VR II lens, plus a tripod and other accessories. However, I recently had a chance to do some night photography on a family member's DSLR at Yosemite National Park, and quickly became obsessed with shooting the stars and milky way. Given my new found obsession for night photography, I am wondering if I should rethink my choice of camera. I read some night photography tutorials, and they all suggested that a full-frame sensor is necessary to truly capture the milky way and all it's stars.
My question is, given my specific needs, do you think I'd be better off going with aused/refurbished full-frame sensor? For example, it looks like I could pick up a used D700 without breaking my budget. (Used Nikon D700). I could then grab a Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 lens for the night shots.
I guess a related question would be: should I stay away from used/refurbished cameras & lenses, or is this a good way to stretch my starter budget?
Anyway, sorry for the wall of text. Thanks in advance for any input you can provide!