I am a very happy owner of the Nikon D800E which I use with a few prime lenses. However, my wife is not so happy ever since I replaced the Nikon D7000 (and a 18-200mm DX zoom lens) with the D800E. She misses using the Auto and Program functions on the D7000 along with the zoom to take candid shots of the kids, family, and friends without any fuss. I have no complaints with the D800E especially since it is really my toy.
So now I am thinking whether it might not be such a bad idea to purchase another (cheaper) Nikon DSLR along with a zoom lens that my wife and family can use for casual photography. I would prefer to buy full frame vs. APS-C (that could serve as a backup body to my D800E) but unfortunately I fear that will be out of my budget of below $1000.
As always, I turn to all of you for good advice and suggestions on what to buy. Looking forward to your feedback.
-------------------------------------------------------- Usman Malik in New York
AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
Hello Usman, I am by no means an expert here but I will offer my thoughts for you. I understand your desires on keeping it in the full frame line to use it as a backup. I also agree it will be difficult to fit within your budget a full frame and lens. Have you thought about a used body? I have purchased a used lens and I am quite happy with it.
That said, I have a D5100 and it is a remarkable camera. Again I am a beginner with only 1 year experience with the D5100 (and DSLRs for that matter) but this camera has quite a bit to it. With the exception of not meeting your full frame requirements I think your wife would like the camera. Also, I believe you can use your full frame lens with the DX body.
I have a D3200 and love it. 24Mp really let's you crop, still has all the auto functions and a guide mode that she could use if and when she ever decides to learn to shoot manual. All in all I love this camera and think it will be my only one for a long time! I will admit to having never used the guide mode so I really don know how well that works but the videos of guide mode look very promising. Good luck and Merry Christmas! Bertotti
As one that uses multiple bodies I think adding a second body is a great idea. The D5100 should fit your needs very well. You can even use it for more serious shooting. The only downside to the D_000 series bodies is they don't have AF motors built into the body, don't have a sub-command dial, and they don't have dedicated buttons to quickly change settings. If you won't be using it as a second body when you are under the gun, there isn't a downside. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!