I bought my first photogears: for only 75€ (plus traveling costs) I could buy a Canon EOS 300D with a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II LD Aspherical IF macro lens.
So, we could say that I swapped the 300D camera body, 18-55 and 55-200 lenses to the same Canon 300D and a 18-200mm travel-zoom lens, and besides those I got more than 100€.
There are a very few differences between the two set:
* There was a battery grip for the 300D I have sold, and I don't have grip for the 300D I bought recently. (Two batteries could fit in the grip, it was comfortable to use when I was shooting in portrait format.)
Advantages of the Canon 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses:
* The 18-55 and 55-200 lenses had USM, and the Tamron 18-200mm lens has normal micromotor. (USM = UltraSonic Motor, with that the autofocusing is faster and silent)
* The new, Tamron lens has a slightly smaller aperture in the tele-range. (Tamron 18-200: f/6.3; Canon 55-200: f/5.6)
Advantages of the new Tamron 18-200mm lens:
* The photogears I sold at the beginning had two lenses, but now one lens has the same zoom ratio. (The one lens with bigger zoom is more comfortable to carry, and I don't have to switch the lenses.)
* The Tamron lens has wider aperture at the wideangle range. (For example the Canon 18-55mm lens has f/5.6 aperture at 55mm, and the Tamron has f/4.)
After all, we might think that the two Canon lenses are better than the Tamron with the same zoom range, but in spite of this I like the Tamron 18-200mm lens better, than the previous Canon 18-55mm and 55-200mm. The biggest advantage of the Tamron 18-200mm is that it has the most used zoomrange in one lens, so I don't have to switch lenses on my DSLR camera, and it is a small and lightweight lens.
How could I bought them for such a good price? The price of 75€ seems too low for photogear like this, yet what could be the reason I could bought it for that price?
There were many reasons for that: The items were listed in a time when there were many other 300D cameras were for sale, and because of this is a quite old camera and the demand for it is relatively low, there weren't many offers for that set. An another reason could be that the seller didn't wait enough to let the price goes higher, he closed the auction in about one week. And there were one more important reason why he had only a few offers: the incorrect product description. The problem with the description was that he highlighted the disadvantages of the items, and not the advantages. For example, the seller wrote that the autofocus of the camera works slowly in dark, which is quite normal with all the cameras. This is also true in the case of 300D, which is quite old, has slower autofocus then its successors, and the small aperture of the Tamron 18-200 lens in tele range, and it's micromotor drive makes the AF speed even slower in low light.
Summarizing, the seller should have highlighted the benefits and advantages of the camera in the description, because in that case the buyers might think that the autofocus is defective. He should have let the listing active for a month, that way much more potential buyers could see it, and might be periods when fewer other 300Ds or Tamron 18-200mm lenses would be for sale, so he could have better offers.
I'm expecting to sell the recently bought Canon EOS 300D for about (netto) 75€, and the Tamron 18-200mm lens for about (netto) 100€. So, by investing 75€ in that set, I'm expecting to make netto 175€.
So, currently I have a Canon EOS 300D DSLR camera with a Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI-II LD Aspherical IF macro lens and still have 103,37€ for investing in other photo equipment.