nikonians

Even though we ARE Nikon lovers,we are NOT affiliated with Nikon Corp. in any way.

| |

Sign up Login
Home Forums Articles Galleries News Workshops Shop Recommended
members
All members Wiki Contests Vouchers Apps Newsletter THE NIKONIAN™ Magazines Podcasts Fundraising

Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please.

opticsguy

US
4 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author
opticsguy Registered since 03rd Jan 2013
Thu 04-Apr-13 03:00 AM

The D600 had so many dust/oil reliability problems I returned my camera, full refund and now out looking again. My needs are pretty simple, fast accurate focusing. I use my camera for all kinds of photography, astronomy, landscape, panoramics, travel, flat field copying, etc. My need for the accurate focus is shooting ballroom dancers under less than ideal lighting, fast motion.

Any kit deals with two lenses or?

The D800 is simply out of my price range and the D600 was my first Nikon, so I do not have any niokn related lenses or accesories.

Thanks for your assitance.

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
5555 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#1. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Thu 04-Apr-13 03:25 AM

If you are looking at the focus system as the primary criteria, my recommendation would be the D7100 if you are looking for a DX body. However, the 39 points of the D5200 are probably not a bad second choice.

---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

D700, D200, D70S, 24-70mm f/2.8, VR 70-200mm f/2.8 II,
50mm f/1.4 D, 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR, 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 DX

MEMcD

US
27806 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#2. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 0

MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007
Thu 04-Apr-13 04:39 AM

Hi ______,,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Thanks for joining us.

The D7100 has a better AF system and a brighter viewfinder than the D5200. It also has more dedicated buttons allowing you to change settings on the fly without going into the camera menu.

BTW:
When you get a few minutes please fill in your real first and last name.

We always encourage our members to fill in their real first and last names, and have made that issue a part of our Terms of Use.

The intent is to foster a community of "real people" instead of mysterious web personalities with anonymous screen names. Doing this helps to establish and maintain a safe, civil and friendly environment.

Thanks in advance.

Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

aolander

Nevis, US
3477 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#3. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 0

aolander Silver Member Nikonian since 15th Sep 2006
Thu 04-Apr-13 08:54 PM

Going from a D600 to a D5200 is quite a drop. For the kinds of photography you do, FX would be great. I wouldn't give up on a D600. Many D600 owners have had no issues and the problems mostly likely have been sorted out by now.

Alan

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

coolmom42

McEwen, US
3471 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#4. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 0

coolmom42 Silver Member Awarded for her enthusiastic support of the community and exemplifying the Nikonian mission “Share, Learn and Inspire” Nikonian since 30th Nov 2011
Fri 05-Apr-13 01:57 AM

Given the work that you do with ballroom dancing, you need high ISO capabilities, fast lenses, and good dynamic range.

Seems to me that a FX (full-frame) sensor would be better for you than a DX.

Go to the Nikon website and make a short list from those criteria. Consider your budget. Then come back here and ask for some more input.

working on it in Middle TN
Nikon D3100

35 mm 1.8 Nikkor
18-55 mm Nikkor VR
55-200 mm Nikkor VR
55-300 mm Nikkor VR
150-500 mm Sigma OS
Feisol CT3471 & Markins M20 ballhead

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

dagoldst

Little Rock, US
2616 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#5. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 0

dagoldst Gold Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012
Sat 06-Apr-13 05:04 PM


>for all kinds of photography, astronomy, landscape,
>panoramics, travel, flat field copying, etc. My need for the
>accurate focus is shooting ballroom dancers under less than
>ideal lighting, fast motion.
>

Hate to say this, but your D600 was the ideal camera - there is going to be no comparison with a DX sensor based camera above ISO 1600, though the D7100 looks pretty nice and is the most like the D600 from a control and capability perspective.

David

"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof " - Carl Sagan

stevelink3

US
72 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#6. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 5

stevelink3 Registered since 20th Apr 2013
Wed 15-May-13 04:55 AM

>
>>for all kinds of photography, astronomy, landscape,
>>panoramics, travel, flat field copying, etc. My need for
>the
>>accurate focus is shooting ballroom dancers under less
>than
>>ideal lighting, fast motion.
>>
>
>Hate to say this, but your D600 was the ideal camera - there
>is going to be no comparison with a DX sensor based camera
>above ISO 1600, though the D7100 looks pretty nice and is the
>most like the D600 from a control and capability perspective.

Greetings! Though I as yet have "only" a D5200, based on my research into the D7100, I tend to agree with David that the D7100 is an excellent body that would be best served with fast glass, especially in your possibly low-light ballroom settings. I expect with the right exposure and technique, you'll achieve some excellent images! That said, FF would probably be even better, though obviously more costly. Good luck! Steve

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

grnzbra

Springfield, US
372 posts

Click to send email to this author Click to send private message to this author

#7. "RE: Looking at the 5200 your comments and thoughts please." | In response to Reply # 6

grnzbra Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Sep 2011
Thu 16-May-13 05:41 PM

Don't get the 5200! I have a 5100 and something I have come to consider IMPERITIVE in a camera is autofocus fine tuning. I don't believe the 5200 has it. The 7100 does. If you can afford the 600, you can obviously afford the 7100. Go for that. By the way, I read somewhere that Nikon has acknowledged the dust problem in the 600 so it might be worth your effort to try the 600 again. You'll have an fx camera and it has autofocus fine tuning.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

G