I'm brand new to the forum & to DSLR's in general. I finally convinced my wife it was time for a new camera but the question is "which one". I've narrowed it down to the 3100 and the new 5100.
My question is this:
Currently, my local camera shop has a rebate deal with the D3100 ($100 off) plus a rebate on a 200mm zoom lens ($150 off) if you buy both. So the total is around $700.
The D5100's just arrived yesterday with a price of $900. The zoom lens rebate does not apply with this camera, so I would either spend another $250 for the lens, or just wait on the lens for a couple months until I've started to figure things out.
So....do I spend the extra $$ now, get the newer/better camera and wait on the lens, or take the rebate deal on the D3100? Are the bells & whistles on the D5100 worth the price for a newcomer?
Any info would be most appreciated!
#1. "RE: D3100 or D5100?" | In response to Reply # 0
jpFoto Registered since 25th Jun 2010Wed 20-Apr-11 03:52 AM
That's a very tough question and since the D5100 is brand new and not many of us know very much about it makes it even tougher. If money was no object then the answer would be simple, go for the newer better camera.
Since this is your first camera, and also since you do not have any other lenses or equipment, I would probably suggest that you just buy the D3100 with the 18-55 and 55-200. Use it for a year or two and then if you feel the need, upgrade to the D6100 or whatever shows up at that time.
On the other hand, I'm sure that you would not regret buying the D5100 with just one lens.
How's that for a really wishy washy answer? Sorry, but it's really a personal decision and neither would be wrong.
#2. "RE: D3100 or D5100?" | In response to Reply # 1
mikeyjoe97 Registered since 19th Apr 2011Thu 21-Apr-11 03:06 AM
Thanks for the advice! After thinking about it for a few days, I just don't think I can pass up that great deal on the D3100, so I'm going to pick it up tomorrow. I'll play with it for a year or two and if I really start to get into the hobby, I'll consider an update!
#4. "RE: D3100 or D5100?" | In response to Reply # 2
RRRoger Basic MemberTue 26-Apr-11 01:18 AM
>Thanks for the advice! After thinking about it for a few
>days, I just don't think I can pass up that great deal on the
>D3100, so I'm going to pick it up tomorrow. I'll play with it
>for a year or two and if I really start to get into the hobby,
>I'll consider an update!
I was going to suggest a hands on test in the camera shop.
The D3100 is a great little camera but to light for me to hold steady.
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