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D90 or D5000 - opinions please?

ccbassgirl

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ccbassgirl Registered since 01st Oct 2010
Mon 04-Oct-10 02:33 AM

The obvious benefit to me is that the D90 will auto focus my two 35mm lenses, which are compatible (thanks to info from users on this site). The lenses are compatible to the D5000 but will not auto focus.
Is that the only advantage?

I'm not so sure that is a huge advantage if VR is all that everyone says it is. VR seems like a big deal on the newer Nikon digitals.

Plus, I got what seems like a great buy on a D5000 with 2 VR lenses (18-55mm VR and a AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens), free shipping, no tax - $769 from B&H.
It hasn't arrived yet, so if something is glaringly wrong with this buy, tell me so I can send it back.

All weekend I've been stewing on this comparison, trying to weigh if the D90 would be worth the extra few hundred dollars.

I don't believe I'll uset he video portion much, so that is not really a consideration. I mainly want to take quality family photos, mainly my 4 yr old who will hold still for about one breath. (the need for prompt shutter response)

So, what am I missing by not sending the D5000 back, or reselling the new-in-box body and getting a D90?
Isn't the screen larger? Does it make THAT much difference?
Thanks for the advice - everyone on here is so helpful!
Many smiles - Callie

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