Have done some photography in the past with an older Nikon but looking at getting into this more and I’m really a beginner . I see that Noel Leeming have the Nikon D3500 at the moment at $698 which seems good. I intend to do some aviation photography and will look at getting a bigger lense in due course. Any thoughts on this out there from those in the know on this camera? Has good reviews on line but will I get decent results at air shows? I guess that depends how good I am at taking pics too😄
Bear this in mind when thinking about future lenses. I'd suggest the 70-300mm AF-P FX (not DX) model. These are quite compact, and work well with the simpler auto-focus system on the lower-end cameras. You can't use e.g. the 80-400mm. It will also do fine if you get a mid-range body in the future.
I would guess that if you are going to have issues they will be down to the 11-point Auto-focus system, and only the centre point being a crosshatch type.
Pentax does make some nice DSLR's (I have got a Pentax K-3) however the NZ agent is terrible, anything in-country (if you can find it) seems really expensive and they will not source parts for anything brought out of the country (the Ozzie agent doesn't care & will repair anything you send them).