Fri 18-Sep-09 08:28 AM | edited Fri 18-Sep-09 08:29 AM by Ramesses
As you know from another forum and thread, I am in the same boat. Three times, I took everything out and set everything to take pictures of the D300 to put it up for sale; three times I changed my mind.
I really like the D5000 and it is the camera I would get. DXO Mark, a division of DXO Labs, ranked the D5000 #16, just behind the D90 (#15) and ahead of the D300 (#21.)
I do not how reliable those rankings are, but we can conclude that the D5000 is a pretty good camera. In other words, you cannot go wrong with it. However, this D5000 I would get through my local dealer. As soon as I unbox it, I walk over to their computer and check the serial Number with Nikon to verify it is not on their recall list.
Here is my situation. I have the D700 and D300. My ten lenses are all FX except for three DX lenses: 10.5 Fisheye, 16-85 VR, and 55-200 VR. Most of the times, when going out on a shoot, I opt for the D700. Therefore, what does the D300 gain me? I’m also getting fed up with all the weight I’m carrying. One viable alternative is to go light. Therefore, I would use the D5000 as the light alternative, walk-around camera, and street photography (If I get the D5000, I would also get the DX 35mm f/1.8 – light - and wait for the DX 24mm f/1.8, maybe.) All other type of shooting, the D700 with the one ton lenses.
It makes lots of sense to me; I just cannot pull the trigger. However, if I did not have the D700, the D5000 would not be an option.