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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Sat 13-Jul-13 08:46 PM
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"d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"


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Right now, on Amazon, a number of d5100 and d3200 are being sold at approximately the same price. Actually within $100 of the pawn shop price for the d5000 I was looking at.

The dpreview.com side by side comparison shows that, the d5100 has an articulated screen, while the d3200 does 33% more megapixels. Aside from that, they both have nearly identicle stats.

I see from this forum, there are many owners of either.

Opinions? After owning it 6 months, do you still like it? Etc.

  

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Sun 14-Jul-13 12:18 AM
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#1. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Found this

http://snapsort.com/compare/Nikon-D3200-vs-Nikon-D5100

See the discussions at the bottom. Once you get past the spelling, grammar, and ESL issues, has a lot of good info.

A deciding point for me was HDR. d5100 wins.

  

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thomg Registered since 20th Aug 2013Wed 21-Aug-13 08:33 PM
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#34. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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not exactly D5100 VS D3200, but close :
Nikon D5200 vs D3200 - maybe it will help : http://www.d3200-nikon.com/versus/d3200vsd5200/

  

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Lolrogge Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Apr 2012Sun 14-Jul-13 01:53 AM
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#2. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Ayden, US
          

It is true the D3200 has more MP than the D5100. The 33% figure can be misleading. The D5100 sensor is 6016 x 3264, while D3200 is 6016 x 4000. The D3200 has an approximately 22% advantage in both the vertical and horizontal.
I chose the D5100 and have never regretted that decision.

Laverne

  

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Sun 14-Jul-13 12:35 PM
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#3. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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I think the 5100 does almost all I could ever think of asking it to do. I am more or less locking in on the 5100 as what I'm going to buy two months from now.

That is, unless the midsize cameras start crashing in price. Weatherproofing would be nice, but then, there are camera rain shields available.

When I go fer my bundle, I'm gonna ask either for the Sigma 18-250 with Macro, or the Tamron 18-270 PZD. Add to that a Chinese knockoff of a Nikon bag, a UV filter, and lens cleaners, and that's the kit I want. Wonder what they'd want for that...

(sigh) If I had endless money ... but I don't.

  

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Leonard62 Gold Member Awarded for excellent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community, especially of Nikkor Lenses Nikonian since 15th Mar 2009Wed 17-Jul-13 01:04 PM
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#15. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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> The D5100 sensor is 6016 x 3264,
>while D3200 is 6016 x 4000. The D3200 has an approximately
>22% advantage in both the vertical and horizontal.

This is probably a typo. The D5100 sensor is 4928 x 3264.

But back to the original question. I have both the D5100 and D3200. While I like both I think the D5100 is more useful with the articulating LCD. I don't think the resolution difference is a big deal as both can produce stunning photos. If I were to buy a used body I would prefer to get a Nikon refurbished body from Adorama or KEH. You would be assured of getting a good working unit along with the strap, manual and software in addition to only the battery and charger you get with a used body from KEH.

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Lolrogge Silver Member Nikonian since 13th Apr 2012Wed 17-Jul-13 07:38 PM
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#16. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Ayden, US
          

Yes, it is a typo. Your number is correct.

Laverne

  

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Sun 14-Jul-13 03:28 PM
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#4. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Sun 14-Jul-13 03:54 PM by Vlad_IT

New Tampa, US
          

Hey. I picked D5100 for my daughter and never regret it. Megapixels aside D5100 is a higher level camera and will allow you to go beyond P&S camera while supporting a lot of creativity.

I sold my D7000 just a day ago and went for a function last night with my daughter's D5100. it did not disappointed me for a second. Let me pick few pictures to prove it. will add few pictures in a few minutes.

Best regards,
Vlad

















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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Sun 14-Jul-13 07:09 PM
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#5. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Vlad, what lens?

  

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Sun 14-Jul-13 11:10 PM
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#6. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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>Vlad, what lens?


John,

funny that you asked. last night I joined a group of photographers for "50mm" project. we allowed to use a prime 50mm for FX or in my case 35mm f1/8 for Dx.
only natural light and in my case for the sampled pictures I had ISO between 200 and 1600.


John,


Given that "Florida" most of the time require extra reach I suggest you to skip 18-105 and go directly for 18-200, or, if money an issue - pick 18-135. But I strongly believe that beginners should pick a lens with VR.

Best regards,
Vlad

  

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Mon 15-Jul-13 12:59 AM
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#7. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Yes, going for the Sigma 18-250 "Macro" or the Tamron 18-270 PZD. Both have stabilization. Both are within range, economically. About $350 used. Twice that new. If the one I get with the 5100 is on the same receipt, I can get damage insurance on it.

A second lens will be a 50mm f/1.8. Nikon, Sigma, and Tamron all offer these. Can't afford "L". Regular should be ok.

That should do me for lenses, for awhile.

  

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Mon 15-Jul-13 01:05 AM
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#8. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Mon 15-Jul-13 01:12 AM by Vlad_IT

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John,

I bought Nikon 18-200 VR for $400 and Nikon 18-200 VRII for $450.

Please spend some time on this forum: http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=157

most advanced photographers say that are about 50/50 happy with non-Nikon 18-2xx lenses. I had very bad experience with Tamrons, but Nikon 18-200 VR or VRII it's just point and shot - sharp enough every time. I hate Tamron's VC system. I suggest you to try one of the lenses you are planning to buy used.

here is a snapshot of my daughter taken tonight with D5100 and original Nikon 18-200 @24mm , ISO 800, 1/40s, f/5.0




Best regards,
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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Mon 15-Jul-13 05:40 PM
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#10. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Mon 15-Jul-13 05:41 PM by buffumjr

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>John,
>
>I bought Nikon 18-200 VR for $400 and Nikon 18-200 VRII for
>$450.
>
>Please spend some time on this forum:
>http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topics&forum=157
>
>most advanced photographers say that are about 50/50 happy
>with non-Nikon 18-2xx lenses. I had very bad experience with
>Tamrons, but Nikon 18-200 VR or VRII it's just point and shot
>- sharp enough every time. I hate Tamron's VC system. I
>suggest you to try one of the lenses you are planning to buy
>used.
>Best regards,
>Vlad

As to my choices, yes, I've read the articles slamming non-Nikon lenses. Same on the Canon forums for the non-Canon lenses. I imagine, if there was a Kabashigawa forum ...

It will be a stretch to cough up $750 for the entire kit. At that, I'll have to wait and save for my next lens, a 50. A $100 to $150 bump upward is a deal killer. I reach for the rung, but my arm's too short, and that's how it is. NO BORROWING!

The Nikon is probably a better lens. Yet, those who own the Tamron, who are NOT bashing it, claim it's marvelous. I guess it's like the carnival barker sez, "Ya pays ya money and ya takes ya chance!" The ONE note from all the reading was to be sure to buy the PZD Tamron or the "macro" version of the Sigma. The QA and the performance, according to the forums, is better on those later versions than the previous versions. The non-PZD Tamron had numerous QA problems. That generated a LOT of anti-Tamron forum traffic.

Believe me, I've read, talked to, and listened.

Unfortunately, the lens rental places don't carry these! They are mostly into lenses that START at $500. Of course they are. Their primary customers are pros. I checked. Nikon and Canon only.

This decision may still change, if I find someone who has the Tamron AND the Nikon, and compare them. But I don't have that, right now.

  

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#9. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Mon 15-Jul-13 01:41 PM by pjonesCET

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I have the 3200 have had since Jan this year (had 3000 for two years before that).

here is a sample using a 10-24mm lens @ 11mm



I had to down sample from 300 DPI to 150 DPI and limit size to 5 x 7 in order to fit on "My Gallery" so the picture doesn't show as sharp as it really should.

Also I had to do Keystoning (Perspective correction) in post processing because of the Position I took photo in, in relation to position of the church.

The camera has one glaring fault (for me) that was I believe a design decision. The tick marks that show the focus points are so faint if you wear glasses like I do you can't get them focused, using the Diopter adjustment for eye-piece. On the D3000 they were very dark and obvious and you could easily adjust the eye piece for proper focus of eye piece. Other people may not have that issue.

Otherwise takes super pictures. In the hands of a Pro, I think pictures could be taken that rival those that use a high end DX format camera, or possibly a FX camera at ISO up to 1600. I'm sure when there is a need for 3200, 6400, 128000 the FX would win hands down.




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#11. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Well, I read the area suggested by Vlad. Carefully. Very Carefully.

I noticed something.

On compact DSLR, the Tamron's performance was stellar. Strong approval. On midsize or full frame DSLR, performance was mediocre to poor, with softness and autofocus problems.

Those that loved it, loved it. Those that hated it, hated it, and we had one fence-sitter.

One camera, mentioned several times as being a winner when coupled with the 18-270 was the d5100.

Checking Amazon, the Nikon costs, today, USED, about $100 more than the Tamron, USED. Nikon NEW about $850. Tamron NEW about $450.

Ahhhhh. If I were made o' money...

The reason it's taking me so long to decide is once I buy, that's it. I keep it, I learn it, I use it, whatever its warts.

DigitalRev did a couple of videos with long time camera pros using cheapo, lousy cameras. It was amazing the pictures they took.

I may buy a 50, and, later, something extravagant. But my initial purchase is to last a year.

I really appreciate all your advice, and I am listening, closely.

  

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#12. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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One more remark that keeps cropping up no matter where you read such, is that in trying to do everything, it succeeds, but, in each segment of that everything, a specialized, dedicated, "L" quality lens produces better images. OK. That is accepted. It is just the Tamron or the Sigma takes the place of, but doesn't replace, three to five high quality lenses. Most serious photographers, taking pictures for pay, art, or bragging rights, would not use them. They'd use primes, or "L" glass, or Zeiss.

Maybe later, when I can save more money, I'll get serious glass. Start with a 10-24?

  

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#13. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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New Tampa, US
          

can I suggest a refurbished camera with buying extended warranty right with the camera. cameta dot com is a nice store to start with. BH and adorama as reputable as it can be.
Best regards,
Vlad

  

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#17. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Wed 17-Jul-13 07:41 PM by pjonesCET

Martinsville, US
          

10-24mm is a Great lens. Its not cheap. Most expensive lens I've bought so far. But worth every penny. Great Contrast and sharpness. The photo show was taken using it. I had to perspective correction in Lightroom 4 because I was at a position below the church.

Other pictures that were shot straight on I didn't have to do anything. (They are in the same album as the one I posted) all the ones which have the excellent focus and sharpness and contrast were taken with this lens. The others with the Focus not as sharp and sort of bright are taken with another lens.

As for myself I'm sure the the 5100/5200 is a Great camera. But I see the articulating LCD screen as being something more delicate and more apt to damage. or to go bad. With all the wires going from camera to screen, having to flex and twist. As Former Electronics Technician. Anything that has flex an twist is more like to need period repair.

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#20. "Please Pardon My Ignorance..."
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... but what is "L" glase?

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#21. "RE: Please Pardon My Ignorance..."
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>... but what is "L" glase?
>

Canon's top lenses are marked as L.

Len

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#22. "RE: Please Pardon My Ignorance..."
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I don't yet own dslr lenses, perhaps another should chime in, here. All this is from reading ads and forums.

There are consumer lenses, usually like your "kit" lens. Adequate, perhaps does some things well. $85 - $150

A step up lenses. Sharper, but also more specialized. Still, not "professional" glass. $150 - $400. A lot of semi-serious hobbyists talk about these.

"Professional" lenses. If you go to your camera rental houses, these are the lenses they rent to the pros for contract shoots. They include "L" lenses. Customers like magazines, advertising, etc, demand crispness and good composition. These lenses, so the forums state, deliver. $500 and up.

"L" glass is another class of pro lenses. Usually, from what I see of the ads, specialized. Something about the chemistry of the glass helps the predictability of the refraction, aids in clarity, and cuts down on chromatic aberration. Like aviation gasoline doesn't make a motor more powerful, but it allows engineers to tweak the motor to get a better power to weight out of it.

(big grin) Also, think of the "L" standing for (L)ow bank account, or (L)ess savings.

There are lenses whose ads claim to be as good as "L". Maybe they are. I probably will never know. Way outta my price range.

A sign in a speed shop in Brooklyn, MD in 1976, "Speed costs money, son. Just how fast do you want to go?" Just how crisp, clear and sharp do you need your photos to be? If you are doing 12' x 30' murals from your photos ...

  

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#23. "RE: Please Pardon My Ignorance..."
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>
>"L" glass is another class of pro lenses. Usually,
>from what I see of the ads, specialized. Something about the
>chemistry of the glass helps the predictability of the
>refraction, aids in clarity, and cuts down on chromatic
>aberration. Like aviation gasoline doesn't make a motor more
>powerful, but it allows engineers to tweak the motor to get a
>better power to weight out of it.
>

John, The "L" lenses you see are only a designation used by Canon. It is a designation they use as part of the lens description for their best lenses. They are not specialized lenses. It is the same as Nikon using the gold ring for their best lenses. Canon also adds a red ring on their L lenses.

Len




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#24. "RE: Please Pardon My Ignorance..."
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Pretty much all of Canon's pro lenses are designated "L" - and as Len says, that designation is not used by any other brand.

Brian
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#25. "RE: Please Pardon My Ignorance..."
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Thanks, guys. As I said, I keep learning.

  

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#14. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Check out keh.com for some good deals on DX lenses, and possibly the camera body. KEH is highly reputable and many people on this site buy from them.

working on it in Middle TN
Nikon D3100

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pjonesCET Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Sun 21-Jul-13 12:13 AM
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#30. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Sun 21-Jul-13 12:40 AM by pjonesCET

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If just starting out:
the 18-55
I'm not crazy about the 55-200 I have one and it disappointing
I don't know how the 55-300 is made, might be better. I lean to recommending the 55-300.

Have absolutely no idea about Sigma or other third party lens for Nikon camera.

From what I've been reading on Nikonian forum some swear by them some swear at them.

Now I have several third party screw-in lens for my Chinnon Film Cameras but my manual camera they no longer make a battery for and the automatic version needs work to tighten up the film winder. (Doesn't hold the film tight enough.) at least one or two are Vivitar (but back when they rivaled Top quality lens. Not today's Vivitar).

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Wed 17-Jul-13 08:41 PM
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#18. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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New Tampa, US
          

>Well, I read the area suggested by Vlad. Carefully. Very
>Carefully.
>
>I noticed something.
>
>On compact DSLR, the Tamron's performance was stellar. Strong
>approval. On midsize or full frame DSLR, performance was
>mediocre to poor, with softness and autofocus problems.
>
>Those that loved it, loved it. Those that hated it, hated it,
>and we had one fence-sitter.
>
>One camera, mentioned several times as being a winner when
>coupled with the 18-270 was the d5100.
>
>Checking Amazon, the Nikon costs, today, USED, about $100 more
>than the Tamron, USED. Nikon NEW about $850. Tamron NEW about
>$450.
>
>Ahhhhh. If I were made o' money...
>
>The reason it's taking me so long to decide is once I buy,
>that's it. I keep it, I learn it, I use it, whatever its
>warts.
>
>DigitalRev did a couple of videos with long time camera pros
>using cheapo, lousy cameras. It was amazing the pictures they
>took.
>
>I may buy a 50, and, later, something extravagant. But my
>initial purchase is to last a year.
>
>I really appreciate all your advice, and I am listening,
>closely.


John,
i'm not an expert of any kind in dslr cameras, but please make sure you are comparing apples to apples. i'm afraid there is no such thing as small DSLR.

i'll speculate that what you had read, applies to lower resolution sensors 6, 10 and 12MPix. those sensors are more forgiven to slight out of focus and motion blur situations. That's why people with higher resolution sensors did not like non-Nikon lenses

Best regards,
Vlad

  

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Thu 18-Jul-13 04:37 PM
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#19. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Thu 18-Jul-13 05:16 PM by buffumjr

US
          

Ah. Important info that.

Have noticed that Sigma offers an 18-200 with stabilization. For some reason, it is more in my price range, new. The Nikon 18-200 is not, even used. Never noticed it until I saw it mentioned in a review of another lens. It's not 250mm, but it's half that price, too. I'm getting it.

Good I haven't run right out and bought. As more info comes in, the choice evolves.

I'm sure, once I have bot, I'll find fault with the Sigma, too. BUT, I'll live with it. Besides, the d5100 does RAW. Maybe I'll be able to correct any faults in post.

Right now, to learn, I'm doing walkarounds with a Canon sx1610 point and shoot. Good things and bad things about it, but it does, under limited circumstance, take good pictures. Distance photos have a little softness, and the manual focus feature is a pain to use. What I'm using it for is to learn totally manual shooting. Can't wait to get the d5100.

http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/buffumjr/media/Walk%20Arounds/Plants%20and%20Formations/IMG_0621_zpsd1dd37aa.jpg.html
http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/buffumjr/media/Walk%20Arounds/Plants%20and%20Formations/IMG_0600_zpsd7c468a4.jpg.html
http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/buffumjr/media/Walk%20Arounds/Plants%20and%20Formations/IMG_0607_zpsb2850776.jpg.html
http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/buffumjr/media/Walk%20Arounds/Skies/IMG_0615_zps3a5bae07.jpg.html
http://s1272.photobucket.com/user/buffumjr/media/Walk%20Arounds/Skies/IMG_0617_zps8b2a773e.jpg.html

The sx1610 has a manual mode that lets you control ISO, aperture, speed, white balance, and do manual focus. In a "point and shoot" camera. All this and zoom, too. Great $150 tool for learning.

But I want my Nikon!

Then, next YEAR, start accumulating quality glass. By then, I'll know what I need.

  

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buffumjr Registered since 05th Jun 2013Fri 19-Jul-13 07:10 PM
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#26. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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US
          

Just saw a professional photographer's display of her works at the Farmers Market. Stunning. Canon t3i, WITH THE 18-55 KIT LENS!

I guess, in the end, it IS the skill of the photographer.

Any one want to comment on the 18-55 kit lens?

  

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Fri 19-Jul-13 07:25 PM
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#27. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Fri 19-Jul-13 07:34 PM by Vlad_IT

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practice, practice, practice...


even advanced photographers use only small potential of any modern camera or lens

an excellent examples of that are many posts by Brian (blw) about non common used of lenses to fulfill your needs.

Take a look at the gallery of coolmom42 (she posted several time in this thread). I remember couple of years ago she had only D3100 and 18-55 and 55-200 combo. It never stopped her from creating some stunning images).

another example was my posting above where I took a challenge and used only 35mm prime - i had to put on my thinking cap and do some leg work but it was a good chellenge.

18-55mm lens is as good as it gets among any kit lenses. Most people just want to cover greater range with one lens and buying 18-105 or 18-200/300 lenses.

My point here is if money is an issue and you do not mind to do some leg work to get closer to your subject – then 18-55 is a great first lens to learn photography and most important to become more creative and less “couch-potato” photographer. Settle on something and start taking pictures. In 3 months you either get a second job to support your NAS or your dSLR camera will be collecting dust someplace.....

  

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pjonesCET Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Sat 20-Jul-13 05:03 PM
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#29. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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I take umbrage 18-55mm as a Couch potato Lens. Many Nikon DX series cameras come with a 18-55 lens. It’s a Great "starter" lens and takes great Pictures.

My D3000 my first Nikon took Great pictures considering its focal Range. My current D3200 it also takes great photos. Takes much better photos than my 55-200mm though it doesn't take closeups, like the 55-200mm.

Odd thing is the the 55-200 took better photos on the 3000 than on my current 3200.

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John Bertotti Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Jul 2012Wed 21-Aug-13 09:11 PM
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#35. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Garretson, US
          

I do not know but I have had my D3200 within months of it being released. I love it. I have no regrets, I do wish it had a few more hands on controls but that is a minor issue. I use the 18-55, 55-200 and 35mm prime. 35 is hands down the best I have the 18-55 and 55-200 do great shots and I have had no issues with either. Clear sharp and good contrast. That being said I will buy fx glass at some point. I had the chance for the 5100 but picked the 3200 for the ability to crop.

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briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Fri 19-Jul-13 07:49 PM
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#28. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Paignton, GB
          

>Any one want to comment on the 18-55 kit lens?

Check out our Nikkor Lenses Forum, where you'll get lots of good opinions

Brian
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pjonesCET Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Sun 21-Jul-13 12:44 AM
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#31. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Martinsville, US
          

What are the Nikon 1 Series camera's? they use removable lens. Is That a small DSLR or a souped up Point and Shoot?

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briantilley Moderator Deep knowledge of bodies and lens; high level photography skills Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sun 21-Jul-13 08:13 AM
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#32. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Paignton, GB
          

We're straying again - check our Nikon 1 Cameras Forum

Brian
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pjonesCET Gold Member Nikonian since 11th Jul 2011Sun 21-Jul-13 04:18 PM
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#33. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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Interesting I read the First post looks like the Nikon1 actually takes better pictures.

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#36. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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US
          

My d5100 just arrived. I've taken my first pictures with it.

I've finished "Understanding Exposure" by Bryan Peterson, and am in "Camera and Lens" by Ansel Adams. These two photographers agree that it isn't as much the equipment* as it is the experience, talent, and (according to Adams) the soul for art. A camera can take sharper pictures than another, but, if it is in the hands of a vacationing office worker who just points and shoots in auto mode, the lesser camera, in the hands of an experienced artist photographer will take better pictures. You GOTTA read Adams' book.

* The equipment is important so far as it enables the artistic expression of the artist. It's more important to chase composition and expression than pixels and ISO. But the camera still has to deliver sufficient image quality to implement the artist's vision.

That having been said, I go out tomorrow to test distance shots with my new camera. That's where the point & shoot (P&S) fell short. Manual focus with the 18-55 kit lens is easy. It was agony with the P&S, and unreliable. The DSLR lens manual focus rocks!

It'll take me a week to work into this thing! Sooo many options!

  

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Vlad_IT Silver Member Nikonian since 21st Sep 2011Sun 25-Aug-13 12:03 AM
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#37. "RE: d3200 vs d5100 Opinion?"
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good for you. D5100 is a great camera, allows RAW and the swivel screen is just great for creativity.

Best regards,
Vlad

  

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