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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Wed 29-Sep-10 10:23 PM
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"Nikon D3100 vs D5000"


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I just got into DSLRS and I'm amazed by how amazing the photos come out to be. I'm currently debating between a D3100 and a D5000. Could anyone give me some advice as to which one I should get, thanks.

  

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 01:12 AM
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#1. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Without a doubt, the D3100. Don't even think twice.

  

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 01:14 AM
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#2. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Thanks,

Could you tell me why the 3100 is better? Maybe list some pros vs cons. I would really appreciate it

  

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 02:17 AM
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#3. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Thu 30-Sep-10 08:24 AM by jpFoto

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Hi

The D3100 is newer technology. My son has the D5000, and it is a very nice camera, but the D3100 is really "state of the art." I just bought that camera for a travel camera and as a backup to my D700, and it is really a quality camera

Wait for a couple of more posts.

  

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Grey lens Registered since 16th Sep 2010Fri 15-Oct-10 12:17 AM
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so, what if the D3100 is newer, has this bell or whistle that the D5000 doesn't? in about 6 months or so we'll probably be having this debate again about D90 replacement (nikon seems to phase out most of their cameras after 2-3 years or so) state of the art doesn't stay state of the art for all that long in this world ATM, anywho, thats just my 2 cents

  

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gwlaw99 Registered since 10th Nov 2010Wed 10-Nov-10 12:02 PM
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#23. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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I just had the same choice and bought the 3100. Bracketing would be nice but you can always bracket manually. If you need to remove all possible shake from pressing the shutter, use the timer. There is no work around for betterlow light performance. Plus amazon.com has a great deal on the 3100 and the 55-200mm lens.

  

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 07:57 AM
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#4. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Thu 30-Sep-10 08:22 AM by jpFoto

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I thought that you would get a few more posts, but I guess that the D3100 is just too new.

As for pros and cons, there really are no cons other than you can purchase the D5000 as a body only as opposed to the bundled (kit) D3100 with at least one lens. In your case, however, I would assume that you probably want to get at least one lens.

The pros are:

1. Nikon has developed and incorporated a new 14 megapixel sensor that gives you far superior low light, low noise, capabilities that rivals the results of some of their, far more expensive, pro and prosumer cameras. I compared images taken with my D700 at high ISO settings (1600-3200)and they were very similar.

2. The D3100 is less expensive than the D5000 and uses the newer technology.

3. Although this was not of much interest to me, the D3100 has advanced 1080 video capabilities. (I haven't really used it yet, so I can't comment on it.)

4. The D3100 is smaller and lighter. The size and weight were important concerns for me, since this was to be my "travel camera," but it may not be of concern to you.

There are other factors that you should consider, so I would suggest that you research this some more. This camera is so new that there are very few reviews thus far. DPReview should have an extensive review soon.

I don't know if you have other Nikon lenses, but you should keep in mind that neither the D5000 nor the D3100 will auto-focus with non AFS lenses, so if you do have other lenses, you may want to look at the more expensive D7000 which is going to be available soon.

Good luck with your research, and feel free to ask any other questions that you might have about the D3100. I really like mine.





  

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 07:57 AM
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#5. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Deleted. This was a duplicate of post #4.

  

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Sat 02-Oct-10 02:30 AM
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#14. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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I was just wondering, would it be hard to create HDR pictures with the 3100. I did a little more research and I realized that the 3100 does not support the wireless remote and exposure bracketing.

Is the D5000 better if I wish to one day create HDR pics

  

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kshapero Gold Member Nikonian since 29th Jan 2006Mon 04-Oct-10 12:57 AM
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#18. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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South Florida, US
          

d3100 all the way
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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 30-Sep-10 01:47 PM
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#6. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Do you plan on any available light shooting? The 5000 is very good but test shots of the little D3100 indicate it is in another league entirely.
I hate to bring up a sore subject for some people but here is a ISO range test between D3100, D40 and D3. Some people, myself included do not pay much attention to K.R. but this link is interesting indeed.
http://kenrockwell.com/nikon/comparisons/2010-09-29-iso/index.htm

Amazing for any camera let along the lowest cost entry level camera in the line up.
If the choice was D3100 and D90 there would be more things to judge like focus motor but still the 3100 leaves the wonderful D90 looking a little wimpy
Stan
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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 08:26 PM
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#8. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Thu 30-Sep-10 08:27 PM by insaneshams

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I'm planning to do daytime and night time shooting. I would probably be using it a little more in the night time.

Anyone know which lens would be good for nighttime shooting?

And which lens would be good to start off with besides the kit lens.

I was thinking of getting a 55mm f/1.8 prime lens and a 55mm-200mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 30-Sep-10 11:16 PM
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#9. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Fri 01-Oct-10 03:36 AM by MEMcD

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Hi Stephen,

Welcome to Nikonians!
If you are referring to the Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G AF-S (there is no 55mm f/1.8 lens in the Nikkor line) it is an excellent choice and is fully supported by the D3100 including AF.
The 50mm f/1.8D has a screwdriver type AF drive and will not AF on a D3100 camera body because the D3100 does not have an AF motor built into the body.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Fri 01-Oct-10 12:12 AM
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#10. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Oh thanks for the heads up

  

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caspar76 Registered since 08th Jan 2010Sun 03-Oct-10 03:58 AM
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#15. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Sun 03-Oct-10 04:21 AM by caspar76

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>I'm planning to do daytime and night time shooting. I would
>probably be using it a little more in the night time.
>
>Anyone know which lens would be good for nighttime shooting?
>
>And which lens would be good to start off with besides the kit
>lens.
>
>I was thinking of getting a 55mm f/1.8 prime lens and a
>55mm-200mm f/4.5-5.6 zoom lens.

For the nighttime shooting, I guess it really depends on what your subject will be. When I go night shooting I like to take pictures of the city since I live in the Tokyo area. For this, I want to capture as much as the area as possible so I use my wide angle lens. In my case I use a Sigma 8-16mm. There are some other good wide angle lens out there as well, but the 8-16mm is currently the widest available for DX format I believe.

Here an example of one I took last month.


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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Thu 30-Sep-10 05:00 PM
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#7. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Here is a link so that you can compare the specs.


http://www.dpreview.com/previews/Nikond3100/

  

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Screeper Registered since 25th Sep 2010Fri 01-Oct-10 08:49 AM
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#11. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Just a con of the D3100 that I picked up on is that is doesn't work with the little wireless remote (ML-L3).
Not a massively serious issue I know but just a heads-up.

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Fri 01-Oct-10 10:30 AM
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#12. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Um, does it work with just that one wireless remote or no wireless remotes at all

  

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Fri 01-Oct-10 10:33 AM
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#13. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Fri 01-Oct-10 10:34 AM by insaneshams

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nvm, that was a dumb question, thanks for the heads up
i was planning to use that little remote for night time shots

  

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caspar76 Registered since 08th Jan 2010Sun 03-Oct-10 04:11 AM
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#16. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Sun 03-Oct-10 04:29 AM by caspar76

JP
          

>nvm, that was a dumb question, thanks for the heads up
>i was planning to use that little remote for night time shots

A remote shutter release is great to have for night shooting. I personally use a wired remote. I just feel it gives me a little more control than the wireless one.

In regards to your original question, as much as I love my D5000 and still do, the newer D3100 may have the edge.

DP Review does a pretty good side by side comparison between the D3100/D3000/D5000.



http://www.dpreview.com/previews/Nikond3100/

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Sun 03-Oct-10 01:14 PM
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#17. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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The only bad thing I can find about the 3100 is the it doesn't support bracketing.

I guess a wireless remote I can just use a wired one, but wouldn't it be kind of annoying to create HDR pictures with no bracketing support from the camera?

  

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caspar76 Registered since 08th Jan 2010Mon 04-Oct-10 08:13 AM
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#19. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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JP
          

>The only bad thing I can find about the 3100 is the it
>doesn't support bracketing.
>
>I guess a wireless remote I can just use a wired one, but
>wouldn't it be kind of annoying to create HDR pictures with no
>bracketing support from the camera?

I'm kind of surprised the D3100 doesn't support bracketing.
I suppose if you went with the D3100 you would just have to take your shot and over/under expose the next two shots manually which could be a minor pain in the butt I suppose.

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#21. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Phoenix, US
          

That's more than a minor pain in the butt.

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insaneshams Registered since 29th Sep 2010Mon 04-Oct-10 10:44 AM
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#20. "RE: Nikon D3100 vs D5000"
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Thank you everyone for their insights and help on this topic.
I really appreciate it.

  

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