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knotwerk

US
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knotwerk Registered since 07th Dec 2009
Mon 07-Dec-09 01:20 AM

I've been feinding for an SLR for a while now and finally thought I'd spoil myslef this xmas and got a D3000 with the 55-200 lense and bag combo. So far the camera is great. Being new to SLR's I'm starting the learning curve. lights and speeds and whatnot.

But, here is my real question. Since I put this much on my card already, would having the ability to take video and have a view screen make me love it more? Should i just upgrade to the d5000 before my 14 day return policy is up?

I know i can read online what the difference are between the cameras, and im going to go play with a d5000 in the store tomorrow. But I thought I'd ask here, and see if any of you had any feelings one way or the other...things that since I'm a newbie I may not understand.

thanks in advance....
Mike


http://lh3.ggpht.com/_x_-BpKsSKbQ/SxxlILdenOI/AAAAAAAAA04/UW1WRmTYj5c/s800/duke3.jpg

I'll try and attache one of my first few photos....i do love the clearity


Floridian

Tallahassee, Florida, US
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#1. "RE: d3000 vs d5000" | In response to Reply # 0

Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Mon 07-Dec-09 05:42 PM

Tough question. Nikon makes both cameras because the D3000 will be great for lots of people, but others will find the D5000 worth the extra money. It's hard for us to know whether the D5000 would be worth the extra money to you, but...

If it was me, I'd get the D5000, but not for the reasons you mentioned. The D5000 has a better sensor in it that will introduce less noise into your photos at higher ISOs. So, when you are shooting in lower light and want to raise the ISO, you'll get better-looking, less-noisy photos.

If you don't need the high-ISO performance (because you'll be shooting in good light, using a flash, etc., or don't mind a little noise in your photos), the D3000 would be fine. Actually, the D3000 would be a fine choice anyway, but the D5000 is a better camera.

Randy

Prairiepencil

US
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#2. "RE: d3000 vs d5000" | In response to Reply # 1

Prairiepencil Registered since 27th Nov 2009
Wed 09-Dec-09 05:02 AM | edited Wed 09-Dec-09 05:05 AM by Prairiepencil

I own a D3000 snd find it perfectly fine for my use. but as it has been said if you want to shoot movies and video, the 3000 is probably not the camera for you. I have gotten great shots and don't really find noise a problem. Of course I'm not shooting pictures at ISO 1600 in my local pool hall. To me the extra money for the 5000 is not worth it.

But after all they ae both great cameras so you can't go wrong with either one.

Chuck

PhotoRaoul

AU
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#3. "RE: d3000 vs d5000" | In response to Reply # 0

PhotoRaoul Registered since 10th Dec 2009
Thu 10-Dec-09 07:49 AM

Get the D5000.
It's a D90 in disguise under the cloak of a D40...
It's got the sensor of the D90 and the processing power to boost.
There are many uses to the swivelling screen. One of them I found to be heaps of fun is taking photos with the camera hung from your neck. I just look down on my tummy level where the screen is flipped flat horizontaly facing up! My friends never knew they were photographed! Try this in the shops for a demo! It rawks!
Cheers!

rmcp20

PT
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#4. "RE: d3000 vs d5000" | In response to Reply # 3

rmcp20 Registered since 27th Apr 2010
Wed 28-Apr-10 08:25 PM

The D5000 misses something very important that the D90 has:

An internal focus motor....

It makes a big diference in the lens that will focus automatically, however, in terms of performance, they are quite the same.

I own a D3000, and i am satisfied, good quality, even with the kit lens 18-55 VR.

tonyr_d3000

Little Rock AFB, US
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#5. "RE: d3000 vs d5000" | In response to Reply # 4

tonyr_d3000 Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Feb 2010
Tue 04-May-10 04:20 PM

I bought a D3000 and love it. However, one thing that the D5000 does offer that I wish I had was the live view (I like doing ground level shots and low light night time shots) and most importantly the bracketing. Main reason I didn't go for the D5000 was I didn't want to spend the extra money for video (don't need it) and didn't realize about the live view and the bracketing. Oh well, I will learn the basics of dslr photography and then use my 3000 for my backup.

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