Edit: D90 $749, free shipping.
Edit: D90 $749, free shipping.
Last edited by GolfTango; 04-29-2012 at 10:35 AM.
I'm partial to Nikon, since I've been shooting with them for nearly 25 years
I would stick with Nikon or Canon, as opposed to Sony. Many more choices as far as lenses, and accessories. The noise performance with Sony isn't on par with Nikon, or Sony. The higher ISO is what makes the camera more usable. I can get shots now I could only dream of back when.
I do a lot of stage/performance photography. For the most part I'm locked into ISO 3200, and shooting at f/4.
As far as bodies go, if they are in a similar generation of sensor, they will give similar results. A more expensive body gives you more FPS and buffer, build quality, and more buttons to access things.
In a former life, I had an EOS 5D with a bunch of EF L lenses. My ex-wife wanted the camera so....
My foray into micro 4:3 cameras and lenses was a reaction to my experience with that camera. I was reluctant to carry around a $2,500 camera body with a $2K lens on it and a bag of other $1K to $2K lenses. I figured my world wouldn't end if I destroyed a $600 camera body or wrecked a $600 lens. I also figured that I'd be more likely to carry the smaller form factor camera around with me. I destroyed my Zuiko 9-18mm ultra-wide zoom in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. I would have been really bummed to wreck a Canon EF L lens.
This website has the refurbs for $500 with a one year warranty included....seriously thinking about saving myself the $200 and buying refurb....
I have a D40 which Im quite fond of....its just time for an upgrade. $200 resale means Ill probably keep it around as a just in case....
Just my $0.02.
I have a reasonable collection of DLSR gear. I hate lugging it around if I'm not out specifically to shoot pictures. I've got an SD-790is that I've had for ~4 years that I always have with me, just to take snapshots with. I have gotten some great images w/ it, as have others who have borrowed it.
The new D3200 is actually looking pretty decent to me. There's no screw-drive focus motor — but it is cheap enough that I could get a new prime. The other thing that's nice is that it has a mic jack, which adds a lot of flexibility for video.
Improving the signal-to-noise ratio
my buddy had a D5100 and recently sold it to get the T3i and he absolutely loves the Canon much more. He's been shooting Nikon for at least 8 years and it was hard to switch to the darkside
he also recently bought the 70-200mm is usm lens for his t3i and ive seen his airplane pictures, they are amazing compared to his Nikon shots
I didn't see or recognize the liveview button because on the D3100 it's like a swivel button around the video recording button.
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OP, you should consider what you are going to use the camera for and suit it to that. If you are going to only use your camera for photoshoots and planned events, then perhaps a DSLR might be good for you. If you want to use it for more than that, like for taking it out and taking pics of friends, look into a smaller camera.
I've extensively used M4/3rds and DSLR systems and I'll choose M4/3rds every time.
imo, spend more on lenses and don't worry about the body so much. You don't need a lot of pixels if you are just doing it for a hobby.
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glass makes the difference.
As for the OP, figure out your intended use and buy a system that supports those goals. There's so much out there the canon v nikon just isn't the de facto decision anymore.
Last edited by valfaw; 04-30-2012 at 09:25 PM.