I just purchased a D5000 and 18-55mm VR kit, refurbished from Adorama. Seemed like a good deal. While I wait for it I thought I would pose a couple questions.
First, when it shows, what should I check out to make sure all is good? Being Nikon and from Adorama I didn't worry to much about it being refurbished. I know there was a recall on early production D5000 as well, so I'll check the serial# just in case, but I'm betting it's been long enought that won't be an issue. What other issues or anything should I check to make sure I got a good copy?
I'm not really new to DSLR's in general. Used a Olympus E-1 and E-330 for a few years. Also use Nikon film SLR's. This being my first Nikon DSLR though, are there any particular tips for starting out with this one?
Welcome to Nikonians! Congratulations on your new D5000 kit! Just charge the battery and take some test shots to make sure everything is working properly. Review the images on your computer to check the IQ. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Little flustered, UPS tracking says the cam has been in town since 7am, but no show. Tracking says "Emergancy situation beyong UPS control", not sure what that means? Weather has been little odd the last couple of days, but today was clean and clear. Doesn't say where I can pick it up either.
Peter As MEMcd said just power her up and shoot. Other than the recall there shouldn't have been much that needed refurb. The recall was a short fix, got mine back in 10 days. D5000 is a very good camera and should provide you with alot of shooting pleasure. Go on to YouTube and querey D5000...there arre tons of videos that will teach you many ricks as well as everyday stuff for this camera.
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Thanks all, got the D5000 yesterday. All looks and operates well as far as I can tell. Really impressive with the high ISO shots I've been trying around the house! Especially coming from past cameras, G10, OLY E1 and 330. All of them had been great cameras with specific strengths, but low light shooting is more likely these days for me.
I see a few threads here about people thinking about getting a D5000, I would say go for it. Adorama's deal for it with a 18-55mm VR lens for $525.00 and free shipping made the decision to go this route over a D3000 easy for me. It's a refurbished by nikon package, but I've always had good luck with refurbished. In my experience refurbished from a manufacture, like Nikon, means like new with better inspection procedures to make sure everything is what it should be. Less likely to get a lemo
I don't remember all the differences between the two, but I really like flipping the LCD so it isn't visible for a few reasons. First, to protect the LCD. Second, to hide it from my 19 month old daughter. She always wants to see the pictures as soon as she notices a camera. With the screen flipped away, she thinks this camera doesn't have one, so I get shots I couldn't before. I also like hiding it on myself. I use it as a way of stopping myself from chimping after every shot. I actually annoy myself doing it. All I have to do once the camera is set up is make an adjustment using the info in the view finder, or pull the screen back quick to take a peak at the info. (One reason I like the hinge at the bottom instead of the side)
Above all this sensor is great in low light (in regaurds to my personal expectations). I wanted to go with this or a D40 for shooting natural light. From looking at reviews and photos I figured either would do nicely up to ISO 1600. What really impressed me with the D5000 is most of my pics at home of my daughter, no flash and ISO on Auto, are at 3200. They look great!