I have only had my D5000 for a short time and I must say that I love it. However I may be in a position to upgrade soon and wondered what Nikon Ishould look at. I would be looking to make this upgrade the last camera purchase for quite a while - well my wife would!!
#1. "RE: Where to from a D5000" In response to Reply # 0
What features are you looking for that you D5000 does not have? Is it falling short of any present needs, or are you just wanting to upgrade because of NAS?
I am just trying to determine if you can outperform your present camera or not. If not, you could be disappointed in an upgrade. Buying a better camera or lens will not make you a better photographer. But on the other hand, if you want or need features the D5000 doesn't have, that is a different story.
Good luck on your decision.
Jerry Jaynes Great Smoky Mountains of North Carolina
#2. "RE: Where to from a D5000" In response to Reply # 0
Welcome to Nikonians! As stated above, what doesn't the D5000 do that you need? I assume you have one of the kit lenses. Have you considered adding a new lens? The largest investment most of us have is in "Glass"! Bodies come and go, but glass lasts a lifetime. I am still using 30 year old lenses with my newest camera bodies. Something to think about! Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
#4. "RE: Where to from a D5000" In response to Reply # 0
As the others have said, wait until you need an upgrade and buy the current model then. A D300s (say) may have some toys the D5000 doesn't but the image quality will be almost identical. Better glass is probably the way to go at the moment.
#5. "RE: Where to from a D5000" In response to Reply # 0
I agree with the other posters. The way to go is to invest in lenses. Camera bodies are disposable; lenses outlive digital cameras.
I just sold my D300 and got the D5000. I cannot tell the difference between the two when it comes to photos. In fact, the D5000 might be cleaner (less noise) at high ISOs than the D300 – newer and improved Xpeed chip, I guess. My other camera is the D700, but that is a $2,400 without counting the FX lenses, which are more expensive than the DX ones.
The only issue I have with the D5000 is that under a bright sunlight, it is very hard for me to see the numbers in the viewfinder. That might me because I’m using the DK-21 magnifying eye-piece. I have to try other eyepieces, which I have, to see if the problem persists. Besides that, it is a fantastic little camera.
I got the D5000 for street shooting and just finished uploading the photos I took, today, in Venice Beach (south of Los Angeles and very famous for its bohemian crowd – to put it mildly.) I used the D5000 and the 16-85 VR. One thing, though. I always use the first three to four photos for information purposes of the place I shoot. My D700 would not have done better under the sun: