I have been using my D40 (purchased via ebay) for about 2 years now, and having feel that I am ready to upgrade to a new DSLR.
I am thinking of going for a D3100, as I like the feel of my Nikon, and I will be able to use my existing lenses etc.
Is it a good choice to upggrade to?
What would you go for?
My budget will be around (£400 - £500, or $600 - $750)
#1. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 0
CharlieS Registered since 29th Aug 2007Mon 20-Feb-12 03:55 PM
What will the D3100 do that a D40 won't? Granted it's a newer generation sensor which should offer better low light performance. (i'm not familiar with the D3100) But it's somewhat a lateral move considering lense choices. I belive with the D3100 you are still limited to the same as D40 lenses in that to autofocus a lense still needs a built in motor, thus you'd still be limited on usable lenses.
Bottom line is what areas do you need the camera to improve upon, that your present camera doesn't do?
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#2. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 0
Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Wed 22-Feb-12 02:35 AM
The D40 is a pretty good camera. What would you hope to gain by upgrading? Here's how I'd look at it. I'd upgrade when I thought "I'd like to be able to do X, which my current camera won't allow me to do, but that camera Y would." So then, you upgrade to camera Y so you can do X.
What is it your D40 won't allow you to do that you could do with a D3100? The answer to that question will tell you whether you should upgrade, and if you should, whether the D3100 is the right camera.
#3. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 2
ronaldnd Nikonian since 17th Apr 2008Thu 23-Feb-12 04:22 AM
I have never used a D40 but I did own the D3100 and I loved it. A friend of mine begged me to sell it to him so I did and then I bought a D5100, but several times I've thought of getting another D3100 just because of its compactness, light weight and it just felt right and took beautiful images. That's not a very technical or logical answer but it's what I experienced.
If you do upgrade I'm sure you won't regret it. In any event enjoy your Nikon!
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#4. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 3
Sat 25-Feb-12 04:02 PM
Well, in answer to CharlieS and Floridian, I guess I am looking for a newer model of what I currently have.
I would in no way consider myself an expert, so something at the 'entry level' is probably still the best for me.
I like my D40, so dont think that the autofocus (motorised) lenses are too much of an issue, plus the ones I already have will still work.
I think that the D3100 has more pixels, new sensor so better in low light, live screen, video, greater ISO range, and will have the addition of being new (my D40 must be 5 years old by now).
I dont necessarily think it will do much that my current one does, with the exception of video, but it might do what it does BETTER than the D40?
#5. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 4
Covey22 Charter MemberSat 25-Feb-12 06:05 PM
The D3100 is an excellent upgrade choice - you will be able to reuse your lenses and accessories (albeit new batteries - suggest at least 1 extra). I saw some factory demo units for under USD400. The AF system is a great improvement for one and the handling as well.
#6. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 0
>I have been using my D40 (purchased via ebay) for about 2
>years now, and having feel that I am ready to upgrade to a new
>I am thinking of going for a D3100, as I like the feel of my
>Nikon, and I will be able to use my existing lenses etc.
>Is it a good choice to upggrade to?
>What would you go for?
>My budget will be around (£400 - £500, or $600 - $750)
I am planning to upgrade from my D40, which I've had since Dec 2007, so I've been using mine now for 4.5 years and ~50,000 shutter clicks. I'm mainly a landscaper/wildlife photog as a do a lot of hiking and backpacking. I started with 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens package, but last year got the rebate-affordable all-in-one Tamron 18-270 VR lens, which is a good choice for hiking.
I'm planning to upgrade to the D5100 body for several reasons:
** MUCH higher resolution (16MP) provides better cropping and re-composition options -- important for shooting far-off wildlife and close-ups of plantlife & insects.
** In-camera HDR options -- important for sunrise/sunset hours, and landscape situations with strong sun/dark shadows.
** 3-inch flip screen -- Though I am old-school and strongly prefer to compose/focus using the eyepiece rather than screen, there are some situations (like a low-angle close-up) where use of the flip screen is vastly preferable to having to having to remove a full-backpack and lay down on the ground to make a good shot. The other is sharing photos with others and not having to hand the camera back and forth.
** Video -- I've yet to do a still photo of say, a small alpine brook, that couldn't be improved as a video -- showing the motion of the water AND the sound of it. Also, the call of a bird, or the sheer grace of movement of a deer can sometime be better conveyed by video over a still photo.
I guess I'm saying to take a look at and compare the D5100 to the D3100 as there is so much offered by the 5100.
#7. "RE: Time to upgrade?" | In response to Reply # 6
Mon 27-Feb-12 07:33 PM
Ooh, food for thought Bob.
I can currently source a D3100 (back in stock, or soon in stock locally to me) for £420.
The D5100 comes in at £580.
Sounds like I have the same lense choice as you too - 18-55mm and 55-200mm.
Might have to pay a visit to the shops tomorrow, see what they have!