Sun 27-Sep-09 07:04 PM | edited Mon 28-Sep-09 01:57 AM by Ramesses
Well, I did sell the D300 and got the D5000 + the AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 lens. I wrote in My Blog the more detailed reasons for it.
It became a very hard decision, because the reaction of people, in my local dealer, that thought the I was either mad or a moron for trading the D300 for the D5000. However, Im very happy with the D5000, which exceeded my expectations. One thing about the camera is that it has a tendency to underexpose the images when shooting backlit or high contrast photos. I have only used the camera in Aperture Priority mode. Today, Im taking the D5000 and the Nikon DX 35mm f/1.8 to the Redondo Beach Pier. I will use more the Scene Modes. However, it is very simple to recover the shadows. The D40, on the other hand, had a tendency to overexpose, which made it almost impossible to recover the clipped highlights.
I believe that it is a question of taste. I love darker photos. Therefore, the D5000 is better for me than the D40, in that respect. I was surprised how clean the camera is in interiors shots. I think it is cleaner than the D300.
The following link is to the first photos I took with the D5000 and the 16-85 VR, in Downtown Los Angeles, yesterday. I went there at the wrong time. They had the Red Bull Box Car Rally and it was a sea of humanity. Forget about street photos just concentrated in architecture and shooting up The other problem was that they had a lot of the streets blocked to traffic. In other words, road signs, utility trucks, and security people everywhere. These things ruined any possibility of getting good street photos.