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!!
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
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!
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.
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: