Your thoughts? 2 days left to return D3000 for D5000
I am a 57 year old guy with a love of the visual arts and a bit of a techie side. For some reason, I have only just found photography as a potential rich hobby.
I just bought a Nikon D3000, believing the GUIDE mode would outweigh certain of its limitations -- that the D5000 offered. I have a day or two to return the camera. I have just enrolled in a very small and rich photography class and now feel fairly certain, I will be in this hobby for the longer haul.
Question: knowing this, am I unnecessarily worrying about differences in these cameras? I am somewhat leaning to returning the D3000 for the D5000, to get easier access to ISO adjustment, many more scene modes and auto-exposure bracketing, etc. (I don't think the movie featureset is very important.) I was also thinking of getting the D5000 with a 18 -105 VR lens, instead of the kit 18 - 55 VR lens of the stock D3000.
I have taken a few instructional courses online and now understand the basics of exposure and the professional v. scene modes and am not so sure I need the GUIDE mode. Originally I was drawn to the D3000 because I thought this tool would absolutely insure my learning the camera. Now I suspect my commitment to that is certain and I already have a grasp of the basics the GUIDE mode offers help with.
What do folks with some experience and judgment think? Am I just doing the beginner's "I need better equipment" dance when the D3000 is plenty of equipment? Or, while I have the chance, does it make sense to upgrade for a few hundred dollars - if I am already worrying about these features and the more versatile single lens?
Sincere, sincere thanks so much for anyone's ideas, comments, thoughts and judgment!!!
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WD4MLA Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002Thu 24-Sep-09 08:16 PM
While I have not compared the two cameras, I would not make my decision based on the scene modes or the guide mode. I think you will outgrow these pretty quickly if you are serious about learning photography.
I would feel sure that the D5000 would be ther better camera to have and learn with.
Good luck with your decision
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Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Sat 26-Sep-09 02:42 AM
I'd say, stick with the D3000 -- the less expensive camera -- until you have a better idea of what you want to do with photography, and what equipment you want to own to do it.
The D3000 will take great photos, and if you are really getting into photography, you will never want to use the scene modes. Nikon's higher-end cameras (D300s, D3) don't even have scene modes.
The 18-55 is a good lens, and a versatile one. Of coure, the 18-105 is more versatile, but if you're really getting into photography you might prefer the highly-regarded 16-85, or the 17-55 f2.8.
I'd wait to buy a better camera and lenses until you have a better idea of what the camera and lenses you have won't do that you'd like to be able to do.
One last thought on upgrading the camera: If someone told me they really wanted to get into photography seriously as a hobby, I'd recommend the D90 over either the D3000 or the D5000, because it has a built-in focusing motor that both these cameras lack, so you would have a wider choice of lenses down the road.
If you asked whether you should get a D90 over a D3000 for someone who is looking at this as a serious hobby, that would be a harder question. But I think you'd do just as well starting with the D3000 as the D5000.
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William Symonds Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Thu 01-Oct-09 07:12 AM
The D5000 has a fabulous sensor - IMVHO that alone is worth the upgrade....
I am a bit underwhelmed by the D3000.
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phantomsailor Registered since 03rd Oct 2009Sat 03-Oct-09 06:20 PM | edited Sat 03-Oct-09 06:24 PM by phantomsailor
I know what its like to have to decide whether or not to invest more $$. After reading your statements and knowing you seem to be committed to the art of Photography, I'd advise you to take the jump to the 5000. You will out grow the 3000 and want something more in a couple years. Rather than trying to sell off the 3000 then, you will be less likely to out grow the 5000 in the foreseeable future. Let us know what u decide.
If u miss the deadline by a couple days most dealers would extend it in todays economy.
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LightstarXIII Registered since 01st Oct 2009Sat 03-Oct-09 07:58 PM
Well I happen to own a Nikon D3000, and yes it does underwhelm only do to the fact that I thought it would be more powerful than the D40X/D60 I once owned. But I can get the same look from all the cameras, and the images are good. Plus for low light photo the D3000 lags a bit behind when it comes to noise.
The D3000 isn't much of an upgrade from the D40X/D60 and you are well suited to get the more visually and technically advanced Nikon D5000. But in my true opinion once the techniques of photography are learned you can get good images from any camera. Yes the GUIDE MODE is too basic (School stuff already learned), and instead they should have (If possible) an in camera Users Guide instead of the CD Manual.
Plus with the D5000 you get more flexalbe software, especially if you want to upload a customcurve to the camera, or use custom settings in the camera. The D3000s software capabilities are slight, and there are no real customizable controls or software, save just uploaing your pictures to ViweNX or Nikon Capture for RAW.