I am a fan of film photography and love my Nikons. (I have just about all of the one's that are considered top of the line. Starting with two FM2's, FE2, FA, an N90, N90s, F4s and F5. The only digital camera I own is an Olympus Evolt E510, but I use Nikkor lenses with an adaptor. The only reason I don't really care for it is the darned thing doesn't like using shoe mounted flash and, frankly, the built-in flash sucks. What would you recommend as a good Nikon digital that wouldn't break my bank. Looking for a good pixel count and reliable flash mode.
Like I said, I love film, but there are times when a good digital camera would be indispensable.
Could be anything from a D40 to a D4. It all depends on what and how you shoot. Do you shoot sports needing alot of frames per second? Clean high ISO performance? Wildlife where the 1.5x crop factor of DX would be an advantage? Without knowing more its pretty tough to make a recommendation, though for general use, a D90 or D300(S) would be hard to beat. Even going back a generation to the D80 if you don't need the high iso performance of some of the other models.
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Sat 19-May-12 12:59 PM | edited Sat 19-May-12 01:02 PM by MEMcD
Since you want to use a Speedlight, keep in mind that DSLR's use a different TTL flash control system (D-TTL-D1 Series and D100, i-TTL All Nikon DSLR's from the D2 Series and D70 to present) that is not compatible with Film SLR's. So you will need to add a new Speedlight to your kit as well. The discontinued i-TTL SB-600 and SB-800 Speedlights are backwards compatible to both D-TTL and Film TTL flash control. The SB-700, SB-900, and SB-910 are not backwards compatible.
Tell us more: Do you have a specific budget in mind? New or used? The D200,D300,D300s,D700, and even the D7000 are all Pro/Semi-Pro bodies. Good luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Used D200's are selling in the 400.00-$500.00 range. As long as you don't shoot at high ISO settings the D200 is an excellent and very capable body. Mine continues to serve me well. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Here's the big question - what lenses do you have? If you've got manual-focus AI/AIS lenses, you should research whether the body you are looking at will meter with the MF lenses.
If you've got the later AF/AF-D/AF-S lenses, you'll have no issues with something like a D90. You could also consider a D300, which seems to have crept down in the ~$650 range and is a pretty darn amazing deal at that money, which is about a $100 premium over the D90 (which has a couple things going for it over the D300, too).
I'm waiting for the successor to the D300s (which I'm hoping is the D400 pro-DX and not the D600 prosumer FX), and will sell my D90 to fund that, whenever that is...
Sun 20-May-12 03:20 AM | edited Sun 20-May-12 03:22 AM by ShrimpBoy
Lee, in case you might be tempted by a more consumer model camera, I'm selling a D90 right now that's in your budget range. 12 megapixels, commander mode for flash (some D90 flash info here), good image quality up to ISO 1600 and very usable ISO 3200 and even 6400 if you shoot RAW. It's a great little camera. I had no reason to replace it but couldn't resist a good deal on a D7000.
Gary, I'll keep that in mind. It will be a couple months, (best guess August or September) before I'll be able to afford it. If you get the chance to sell it to someone else sooner, do so. Just let me know so that I'll start looking again. Thanks for the information.