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caspar76 Registered since 08th Jan 2010Fri 08-Jan-10 01:06 PM
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"D3000 or D5000"


JP
          

Well, I have decided to take the giant leap and purchase my first DSLR camera. I have had many digital point and shoots in the past, and to be honest, just really haven't been happy with the quality of pictures they take.
After much research, I have narrowed my choices down to the Nikon D3000 and D5000.

I want a DSLR that will take quality pictures, not to hard to use, and won't break the bank. (I know that's probably a tall order)
I want to be able to take good pictures in low lighting situation. (something I have yet to find in a point and shoot)

From what I can see, the D5000 will take better quality pictures, comes with the active view finder and neat swivle screen, but obviously is going to cost me more than the D3000.
I am a little worried about the fact that it recently went through a major recall. Have the issue been resolved?

I like the price and the features of the D3000, but should I just spend the extra money and get the D5000. If I have the chance to get a D5000, but decide to get a D3000 to save money, would I regret it down the line?

Thanks for any advise (This is my first post here too )

  

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot
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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Fri 08-Jan-10 04:46 PM
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#1. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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East Frisia, DE
          

Welcome to Nikonians, Stephen

Tough question. It depends on your need.

The D5000 has a better High-ISO performance.

If you don't need the high-ISO performance, because you'll be shooting in good light, using a flash, etc. the D3000 would be fine.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Fri 08-Jan-10 05:48 PM
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US
          

Hi Stephen,

Welcome to Nikonians!

>I have narrowed my choices down to the Nikon D3000 and D5000.
>
>I want a DSLR that will take quality pictures, not to hard to
>use, and won't break the bank. (I know that's probably a tall
>order)
>I want to be able to take good pictures in low lighting
>situation. (something I have yet to find in a point and
>shoot)

Shooting in low light the D5000 will perform significantly better than the D3000. The D5000 (ISO 3200 (HI(ISO 6400))) provides a full stop more high ISO capability than the D3000 (ISO 1600 (HI(ISO 3200))), and a cleaner image.

>From what I can see, the D5000 will take better quality
>pictures, comes with the active view finder and neat swivle
>screen, but obviously is going to cost me more than the D3000.

Yes!

>I am a little worried about the fact that it recently went
>through a major recall. Have the issue been resolved?

Yes! The issue has been resolved!

>I like the price and the features of the D3000, but should I
>just spend the extra money and get the D5000. If I have the
>chance to get a D5000, but decide to get a D3000 to save
>money, would I regret it down the line?

If you shoot in low light without flash, you will regret not getting the D5000!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Fri 08-Jan-10 09:43 PM
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#3. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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Tallahassee, Florida, US
          

I think the D5000 is worth the extra money. That's what I'd get in your position.

Randy

  

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caspar76 Registered since 08th Jan 2010Mon 11-Jan-10 09:13 AM
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#4. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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JP
          

Thanks for all the replies. I think out of the two, the D5000 has it.
I just have one more question.
I notice that even the D5000 does not have an AF motor inside the body. I know that if I spend about $300 more, I can get the D90 which has a built in AF motor.
My question is that if I get a D5000 and I want to get some more lenses down the road will I have any trouble finding lenses for it? How much of a hinderance, if any, is not having the AF motor in the body?

Thanks

  

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Mon 11-Jan-10 04:05 PM
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#5. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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East Frisia, DE
          

Stephen,

here is a list of lenses you can use:

http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=312&topic_id=37&mesg_id=37&page=

Speaking for Nikon, all lenses without AF-S, you can´t use with AF.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
Eala Freya Fresena

  

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Mon 11-Jan-10 11:26 PM
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#7. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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Tallahassee, Florida, US
          

>My question is that if I get a D5000 and I want to get some
>more lenses down the road will I have any trouble finding
>lenses for it? How much of a hinderance, if any, is not
>having the AF motor in the body?

You won't have trouble finding lenses, but it will exclude some lenses from consideration (assuming you want them to autofocus; you can use manual focus). And often the lenses you give up are more affordable, so you may save more money by buying the D90.

For example, the highly-regarded and inexpensive 50mm f1.8 will not autofocus with the D5000. You can get the (even better) 50mm f1.4G, but for a lot more money. The f1.8 is $124, and the 1.4G is $439, so there's a bit more than a $300 price difference. So, if you were interested in a 50mm lens, you could get the D5000 and 50mm f1.4G for about the same price as the D90 and 50mm f1.8. If you got the D90, though, you could also buy other lenses without focusing motors in them.

As another example, I use the 80-200 f2.8 lens, which does not have a motor, but is much less expensive than the 70-200 f2.8VR. I give up VR, and have a slower-focusing lens, but in this case the price difference is over $1000. You can buy an 80-200 f2.8 and a D90 for less than just the price of the 70-200 f2.8VR lens alone.

If you are thinking of getting a collection of lenses down the road, the extra $300 for a D90 would be money well-spent, I think. If you just want the camera, and maybe another lens or two sometime in the future, the D5000 should be OK.

It's the older lenses that don't have the built-in motors, so the issue will be less and less relevant as time goes on. But as you can see from the examples I gave, sometimes you can save a lot of money (and, perhaps, give up some functionality) by getting a lens without the motor.

Randy

  

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NJ_Jesse Registered since 11th Jan 2010Mon 11-Jan-10 10:54 PM
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#6. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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US
          

D5000. Same sensor and pic quality of the D90. After that its licking out the best lenses for your needs.

  

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km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009Thu 14-Jan-10 12:38 PM
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St Petersburg, RU
          

Since the same spec sensor is used most people say the image quality is the same for the D5000 and D90. But from personal experience, and looking at measurements and posted samples taken under the same conditions, they perform differently and the D90 is clearly superior in IQ and low light performance.
If someone was interested in getting seriously into photography, the $300 difference would give a camera that would not be replaced or upgraded from for quite some time. In the DX format, despite being a year and a half old, there still isn't a camera that works better for taking photos. There are some with heavier bodies, more pixels, with metering on more old lenses and with AF fine tuning but none that just take better photos, with wider dynamic range.
Here is a "snap-shot" taken last night in a dimly lit pub from 15 feet away with ISO 1600 1/60sec f/2.8 135mm with a D90. Is is a small low res version to fit under the 150kb limit.
Stan
St Petersburg Russia

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caspar76 Registered since 08th Jan 2010Sun 17-Jan-10 09:27 AM
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#9. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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JP
          

Well, after much deliberation and based of the advice and recommendation from both my friends and the post here, I have decided to purchase the D5000. I just picked it up today from Yodobashi Camera with a few other goodies.
Thanks for all the advice.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 18-Jan-10 11:44 PM
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#10. "RE: D3000 or D5000"
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US
          

Hi Stephen,

Congratulations on your new D5000!
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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