I am thinking of buying one of these cameras as a back up and city walk around/street camera. I use the D300 with various lenses, so I am just after body only.
What do you suggest?
#1. "RE: Which Camera?" | In response to Reply # 0jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Tue 23-Nov-10 02:04 PM | edited Tue 23-Nov-10 04:13 PM by jpFoto
I bought the D3100 as a backup to my D700 and as a light weight travel camera. My main objectives were to get "small and light," so the D3100 really filled the bill. I really like the camera, but it may not be for you. As far as I know, it only comes as a kit, so you would have to buy at least the 18-55 VR. However, the price supposedly has dropped from $700 to $600 which makes the kit extremely inexpensive.
The big drawback for the D3100 and the D5000 is that they will only autofocus with AF-S lenses. I notice that you have the 55mm and 50mm 1.4 lenses, but you don't indicate which models they are. Unless the 50mm is a G, it won't autofocus, and if the 55mm is the AIS, it won't autofocus or meter on the D3100 - I'm not sure about metering on the D5000, but I would suspect that it's the same. These drawbacks were not deal breakers for me since I have enough AF-S lenses, and it was my point and shoot alternative.
I am very pleased with the IQ and the low light capabilities. It's a lot of camera for the money.
Edited: I didn't address the D3000 since the D3100 replaces it, and the technology advancements are like night and day.