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thelense Registered since 08th Apr 2011Fri 08-Apr-11 10:16 AM
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"between D3100, D5000, and D5100"


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Hi Nikonians
I'm new member and even new to DSLR things

I plan to buy SLR camera, my choices are D3100, D5000, and D5100.
For those who is using one of these cameras, I need your recommendation of which one I should buy..

Thanks )

  

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jpFoto
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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Fri 08-Apr-11 12:45 PM
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#1. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Sat 09-Apr-11 03:06 AM by jpFoto

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Welcome to Nikonians.

I use a D3100. If I were you, I would rule out the D5000 entirely since it is being discontinued and is "old technology." Both the D5100 and the D3100 have new state of the art sensors and would be the far better choices. Between the two, the D5100 will most likely give you the best image quality and low light capabilities. As I understand it, the D5100 has the same sensor as its big, and far more expensive brother, the D7000, so it should be an outstanding camera.

If size and money are of concern then I don't think that you would be disappointed with the D3100.

Keep in mind that these are the only new Nikon camera bodies that do NOT have autofocus motors so you must buy AF-S lenses if you want to be able to autofocus with your camera. The good news is that there are many, many, AF-S lenses to choose from. You can take a look at the list at the top of this forum, and unless it was updated recently there are even more available now.

Good luck with your decision.

jP

  

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thelense Registered since 08th Apr 2011Sat 09-Apr-11 10:13 AM
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#2. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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>I use a D3100. If I were you, I would rule out the D5000
>entirely since it is being discontinued and is "old
>technology." Both the D5100 and the D3100 have new state
>of the art sensors and would be the far better choices.
>Between the two, the D5100 will most likely give you the best
>image quality and low light capabilities. As I understand it,
>the D5100 has the same sensor as its big, and far more
>expensive brother, the D7000, so it should be an outstanding
>camera.
>
>If size and money are of concern then I don't think that you
>would be disappointed with the D3100.






Thanks for the review, but if I could add 1 more choice which D90, which one is recommended between D5100 and D90?

Thanks

Thelense AZ

  

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Sat 09-Apr-11 12:13 PM
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#3. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Hi

I don't know very much about the D90 except that it is older technology and was announced in August of 2008. It has a built-in autofocus motor, so you would not be limited to AF-S lenses if that is one of your concerns. I believe that it has the same sensor as the far more expensive D300 which is also older technology but still a very capable camera. The D300 is also discontinued and was replaced by the D300S. I don't know if video is important to you, as it is not at all important to me, but the D90 only takes 720p.

If you can afford it, you should purchase the D7000 instead. It is probably the best DX body that Nikon has made, to date. On the other hand, I have seen some pretty good deals on the the D90 now that the D7000 is on the scene.

If you are truly considering a D90 or a D7000, you should probably post your question in the D7000 forum so that you can get some feedback from those who have used both.

jP

  

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adcam Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Dec 2007Sun 10-Apr-11 02:50 AM
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#4. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Between a D90 and D3100, I would go for the D90. Between the D5100 and D90, I would go for the D5100.

  

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jw32003 Registered since 21st Jan 2006Mon 11-Apr-11 03:11 AM
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Hopefully the D5100 is the best choice between the cameras you mention. I've been shooting with D200 for several years and just orderd the D5100 for the higer MP count and the higher uesable ISO.

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jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Mon 11-Apr-11 06:54 AM
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#6. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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James

I looked at the equipment in your profile and you do realize that your 50mm 1.8 will not autofocus on the D5100, right? I don't know anything about Tamron lenses, but hopefully they have autofocus motors so that they will autofocus for you.

jP

  

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jw32003 Registered since 21st Jan 2006Mon 11-Apr-11 10:47 PM
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Thanks for the information. I am aware the Nikon 50mm is af and not af-s. I will probably shoot it mostly on my D200. The Tamron lenses are all af-s. I really wanted the D5100 as an inexpensive high mp low light camera. I really don't care about the movie aspect of. There is some speculation it will be able to produce images comparable to the D7000. We'll see!
Jim

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thelense Registered since 08th Apr 2011Wed 13-Apr-11 02:03 AM
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#8. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Guys, thank you so much for your explanation and suggestion..
I really appreciate it..
can't wait to have my own camera..

by the way, I love this forum, the response and people here are great..


Thanks

  

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BillS52 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2011Sun 24-Apr-11 01:31 AM
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#9. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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I have been using my new D5100 for two days and I am very impressed. Good camera!

First Nikon I have ever owned, and I love the camera.

The kit 18-55mm vr lens is nice too.

Still learning all the settings, but in auto jpeg, the photos are very nice.



Bill

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sun 24-Apr-11 02:32 AM
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#10. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Hi Bill,

Welcome to Nikonians!
Congratulations on your new D5100.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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BillS52 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2011Sun 24-Apr-11 03:09 AM
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#11. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Thanks Marty....Question...

Is this list good for the D5100 as well?

"D5000 / D3000 - Fully Compatible AF-Lenses"


Bill

  

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nikonhdslrfan Registered since 24th Apr 2011Wed 27-Apr-11 01:53 AM
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I love my D5100 as well, excellent camera!

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BillS52 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Apr 2011Sun 24-Apr-11 03:17 AM
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#12. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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Test Post - learning how to post.
Here I tried Portriat Mode.
My new D5100 produces great photos.




  

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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberFri 29-Apr-11 01:16 AM
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#14. "RE: between D3100, D5000, and D5100"
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I suggest that you get some "hands on" down at your camera store.
It is quite a revelation to have a D3100, D5100, and D7000 in front of you.

I've owned all three and can say you get what you pay for.

I took the D3100 back and got the D7000
When I went to get a second D7000 this last Friday, they had a D5100.
The articulating screen is much sturdier than I expected.
The camera handles well and is not too light for me to hold steady like the D3100 was.
The main reason I bought it is that it is better for HD Video and I already have a D7000.
I also have many AF-S lens.
But if I could only have one it would be the D7000.

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