My youngest son wants to buy a DSLR, and cost is an important factor.
I've put my 2 cents into a lot of these posts, but my son has told me that he wants to buy a Nikon DSLR for general use and that he doesn't want to spend a lot of money. I don't know anything about DX lenses and the kit lenses that come with some of these cameras. They might be fine, but I just do not know. Does anyone know which package deals are the best. I suggested that he purchase a D90, but he says that that it is not within his budget.
If cost is a factor, the D3000 is a good place to start. (For me, I think the D5000 is worth the extra money, but the D3000 will be less expensive and will take great photos. I'd also agree with you that the D90 would be an even better choice, if it's within the budget.)
The 18-55 kit lens is a really nice lens and also a good place to start. So, to keep cost to a minimum, get the D3000 with the 18-55. He'll get great photos at as low a cost as you can get for a DSLR.
What does he want to shoot? If he wants to shoot indoor sports or at high ISO settings, the D5000 would be a much better choice! If he will be shooting in decent light or can use flash, the D3000 should be fine. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Thanks Marty - That's a good point about the higher ISO settings. Nikon has a rebate that ends tomorrow, January 16, so I think that I am going to recommend that he buy the D5000 with the 18-55 VR and 55-200 NON VR for $744.95 shipped from B&H. Or with the 55-200 VR for another $105.
Any thoughts on whether or not the VR on this particular lens is worth the extra $105?
As for his shooting preferences, I think that he just wants to have a camera for general, all around shooting. He's single and travels alot, so indoor sports is probably not on the top of his list.
If he will be shooting handheld at 200mm with a shutter speed below 1/300th sec. VR can be the difference between capturing a sharp image or a blurry one. VR becomes more important as the focal length increases. Darrell's recommendation of the 18-105mm should work out to a price similar to the two lens kit with the 55-200mm non VR. He will loose range but gain convenience! Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
The D5000 is very close to the D90 in power, has the cool swivel screen, and includes D-Movie mode. For the money, it's one of the best values around. Good choice!
The longer the lens, the more VR is needed. You might consider the 18-105mm Nikkor. My wife uses it, and it's very sharp, has VR, and is a wide-angle to short telephoto. Not quite as long as the second lens, but a lot more convenient. You can buy DEMO (usually refurb) versions for less than $300 USD. I bought one for my wife for merely $274 and it is excellent for the price.
Oh, also check out Mastering the Nikon D5000 for your son. This NikoniansPress book will help him through the steeper learning curve for the full-featured camera.
============================================== Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) www.pictureandpen.com "Better too many words than not enough understanding." ==============================================
Umm'd and Aaah'd between both the D3000 and D5000 myself, previously owning a D40x. Have to say, I've just returned from the shops with a D5000 and awaiting the charge of the new battery before proceeding with a few test shots... I'm happier with my choice after buying, although the cost did make me think carefully.
The things that made my decision easier, were the live view and viewer. Aside from the obvious 12MP to the D3000' 10MP too, the ISO achievementwas important to me, making the D5000 the better choice. However, in the UK, I only gained the basic 18-55 without the VR and there was no rebate info either. Guessing you get more in other areas of the world!
If he's like me, I'd urge him to consider how he wishes to use the camera.. being able to take photo's without needing to place the camera to your eye is a help. We're not all fit and able these days..
Fri 22-Jan-10 05:03 PM | edited Fri 22-Jan-10 05:09 PM by Larry E30
Hi , you made a good choice.I know this is a late post...
I don't know much about the D3000,but I have the D5000. I am totally amazed at the high ISO low noise ! .
Overall , I find this to be the #1 feature/best thing of this camera.And great image quality 2nd.Overall - VERY happy.
I did a ton of testing when I first got the camera,modes,ISO,checked for dust/dead pixels(returned two copies for dead pixels)...
ISO alone - is worth this camera .I was slightly disappointed with useing swivel(full-time),but it was not ment to use full-time. (I should have bought Panasonic GH1 ... , it is ment to use full time live).
Well, I wanted to include an ISO 6400 back yard test image.!I did have a 3200 ISO car show photo that I could see a little noise under the head-light.So it may depend... .
Good day , Larry
6400 ISO ! ! . ; Oh, D5000,w/Nikon 55-200VR@102mm,f/25,60th,ISO 6400,though Exif info did not record ISO.