"need your advice on possible camera switch" Tue 27-Apr-10 06:23 PM by robertBBB
I recently bought my d3000 kit and currently happy with it. I'm new to dslr and to photography but very eager in learning (reading tutorials, joining photog gatherings/shoots and as they say, practice..practice..practice)
However, I just read a not so good review (from kenrockwell) re d3000 especially on poor ISO handling so now I’m thinking of switching to d5000, I don’t have the budget but I can save for it so my question is that, is it worth it to replace my current system to the d5000 or can d3000 still do the work(by enhancing my skills in photography ???).
I’m currently saving for a 35mm f1.8 lens (and maybe zoom lens in the future but I don’t know if I should go with the body first.
I’m interested in portraits, events and landscape photogs and wanted to learn IR and HDR
#1. "RE: need your advice on possible camera switch" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! The D5000 does have better high ISO performance than the D3000 and a few more pixels to boot. That said, how important the high ISO capability is depends on what you shoot and the ambient conditions that you will be shooting in.
Landscape images are usually captured at the native ISO with the camera mounted on a tripod. Therefore high ISO performance is of very little benifit.
Portraits are usually captured with decent light or flash. Again high ISO capability is not critical unless you want to shoot in low light.
Events: Depends what you mean. If you will be using flash, no big deal. If you will be shooting in low ambient lighting without flash, High ISO capability would be very helpful.
If you will be shooting indoor sports, you will need both a fast lens and good high ISO performance.
As a general rule, Glass is a much better investment than a new body but there are exceptions to every rule. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#2. "RE: need your advice on possible camera switch" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians, Robert!
Unfortunately, we see quite a few new members here who have been quite unnecessarily scared by reading the rather sensationalised reviews and headlines on the website that you mention. We're quite used to picking up the pieces and reassuring people...
Calling the D3000 "the worst Nikon DSLR ever" (as he did) is a huge exaggeration. In practice, it is a good performer in a range of situations, and should be a great way for you to learn about your hobby. It may be that you'd get slightly better results in some circumstances from a D5000, but I would look towards making your next investment in a lens or two and perhaps some courses.