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Choosing the Right Camera...

TiffTheMetalhead

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TiffTheMetalhead Registered since 22nd Feb 2012
Wed 22-Feb-12 10:27 PM

Hello everyone

I'm hoping to get some experienced advice in a certain matter. I will be attending the Illinois Institute of Art for a B.F.A. in Digital Photography soon. I've been researching my camera options - both in stores and online. I have obtained opinions from instructors, employees at camera stores and many online reviews, rants, raves, etc. And yet, I still can't narrow down which camera to purchase. I am stuck between the D5100 and the D3100.

I was just in a camera store, and the employee explained to me I am better off buying the D3100 because the body is cheaper, and he would suggest putting money toward lenses instead of a more expensive body. He also said the differences between the D5100 and the D3100 are minimal and, in my case, won't make a real difference.

While trying to balance cost and quality - I'm finding it very difficult to find a middle ground. I don't plan on using video, so there's that. Just as I think I know which one or the other that I'm going to buy, I read something that puts me off for another few days. I don't claim to be an expert photographer yet, but I am quite skilled with a point and shoot. I know the basic differences of the D5100 and the D3100 (fps, etc) but I cannot tell if one or the other is impractical to last me 2 years of photography classes? Could anyone offer me solid evidence to make my choice?

Thank you so much in advance!!

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