I sold my D90 when I bought my d700. I love my d700 - but my wife used the automatic setting on the d90 when she used it and doesn't really care to learn to use the d700. We have five kids and she loved the D90 for its light build and ease of use. . She actually prefers my old D50 to the D700. Problem is the D50 performance at indoor events with low lighting. So I am looking to get her own camera. What do you recommend? I have a couple D lenses to use - like my trusty 18-70 and 70-300VR - plus the primes I use with my D700. all the best, Randy
If budget is not an issue, I would recommend getting her a D7100. The next choice would be the D7000. The D7100 has better high ISO performance and a better AF system than the D7000. Both cameras have significantly better high ISO performance and better AF systems than the D90.
If it were me ... I'd buy a D7100 body at Amazon (there's currently a $50 instant rebate) and I'd consider a new prime lens while shopping. A 35mm on the 7100 would be the rough equivalent of full frame 50mm and would be ideal for catching the kids running around or for quick portraits. But, that's just me.
Does it have to be in the D90/7000/7100 range? If she's just using auto mode, why not a D5300, and use the money saved for a slightly better lens. It's lighter, doesn't have all those complicating buttons, takes just as good pictures in auto mode. The built in wifi and the flippy screen may make up for the lack of photo-gearhead features.
>Does it have to be in the D90/7000/7100 range? If she's just >using auto mode, why not a D5300, and use the money saved for >a slightly better lens. It's lighter, doesn't have all those >complicating buttons, takes just as good pictures in auto >mode. The built in wifi and the flippy screen may make up for >the lack of photo-gearhead features.
I have several older primes that I am not sure the D5300 will run? Like my 85mm AF and 135AF-dc F2.
What kind of auto feature that the D90 has but the D700 doesn't? Otherwise buy the best which is the D7100. You can't be cheap with your wife unless you find some reasons why she would like the D90 or D7000 more.
>What kind of auto feature that the D90 has but the D700 >doesn't? Otherwise buy the best which is the D7100. You can't >be cheap with your wife unless you find some reasons why she >would like the D90 or D7000 more.
The D90 has a totally automatic setting the D700 lacks. My question isnt about money - I see lots of folks that say they have to adjust to the D7000 or D7100 and had lots of issues with it exposing their lack of photographic technique... My wife just wants to take the photo of her kids and doesnt want a heavy bag. ...
I'm going to be a little bit of a contrarian compared to some of the other posters, but I think the D90 would be just fine based on the information you have provided about the type of photography she wants to do. For the same cost as a D7100 you could get a D90 and a decent kit lens like the 18-105 VR, which has a great all-purpose zoom range and the benefits of VR. Plus, she's already familiar with the camera.
The image quality of the D90 is more than fine for online viewing and normal sized prints. It gets a little noisy by ISO 1600 in dim light, but not too badly, IMO.
You shouldn't worry too much about exposing lack of photographic technique. The D7100 has pixels to burn when downsampling which is likely what your wife will be doing in almost every case. The technique problem becomes apparent when the subject is small within the viewfinder and the only way to get a usable image is to print at or near 1:1 (or when pixel peeping). This is the same with high-iso concerns. If you can fill the viewfinder with the subject and expose correctly, even the D90 will return quite decent images at 3200. For most folk who will be printing 4x6's for an album from an online service or posting 1200px (long side) images on a web site, downsampling is going to be your friend every time. If you feel the comfort of familiarity will trump everything then get a D90 and some fast glass, which can help partially equalize the high-iso differential. However, if your wife was able to take satisfactory images with the D90, there should be no reason whatsoever she can't do the same with the D7100 if she approaches the task in the same way.
>I have several older primes that I am not sure the D5300 will >run? Like my 85mm AF and 135AF-dc F2.
The D5300 does not have an AF motor built into the camera body and therefore will not support AF with Screwdriver AF lenses like the AF 85mm f/1.8D or any of the Nikkors you have listed in your User Profile. The D7100 Supports AF will All Nikon F mount AF lenses (Nikkor: AF, AF-D, AF-I, and AF-S) including third party lenses with the exception of the Nikkor 80mm f/2.8 and the 200mm f/3.5 made for the F3AF in the 1980's.
As a longstanding DSLR user, I recommend a Coolpix P7800 with a SB-300 AF Speedlight for your wife. Check the specs — it has a 28-200mm lens, shoots RAW, HD movie, PSAM settings, variable screen, and much more, ideal for family and travel use.
I left my D7100 and lenses at home on a recent trip to visit my wife's family in Brazil and took her Coolpix P7100. The photos look great on her Facebook page and my 24" HD monitor. I removed the strap and kept the camera in my pant pocket (no obvious camera bag), and the P7800 would certainly fit in your wife's purse.
My wife loves using a DSLR but really doesn't want the hassle of changing lenses (or indeed carrying them). Whilst she would often relieve me of my D700 and shoot great photos with it she always handed it back for me to carry complaining about the size and weight. We got her a D7000 and a Sigma 18-250 lens a couple of years ago which means that she can cover everything from landscapes to portraits to wildlife with a single lens. She shoots in aperture mode as she likes to control DoF and generally has ISO set to 800 to keep the shutter speed up. I recently bought her a Black Rapid 'Elle' strap designed specifically for women and she is now happy to carry the D7000 / 18-250 combo all day.
I would go with a 3000 or 5000 series camera for your wife. These lower tier cameras are designed for people such as her who want to keep it simple and they will have better automation including simple picture modes for landscape and macro and sunsets and sports which are better than simply using Program mode on a D7000 or similar camera designed for a serious photographer (willing to learn how to use the full capabilities of the camera and its many settings and controls).
The primary drawback to these lesser cameras is less performance in terms of autofocus but with high contrast subjects this will not be a problem.
>I would go with a 3000 or 5000 series camera for your wife. >These lower tier cameras are designed for people such as her >who want to keep it simple and they will have better >automation including simple picture modes...
I don't think that's a big factor here - the D7000/D7100 have basically the same scene modes.
Randy, in our house size, weight and body colour would be just as important as any technical specs. As long as she can capture the grandkids playing without any complications she will be happy. Point and shoot would be the most likely selection. (It also means that I can spend more on glass for myself, but you never heard me say that!)
Oh yeah, DEFINITELY the D90! I have both, upgraded to a d90 from the D50. Similar bodies in size and control layout, if she liked the D50 she'll LOVE the D90. Menus are easy to navigate, it performs very well in low light and as for ISO...
The D50 only goes to 1600. At one point I didn't think that was a big deal. My son recently graduated the academy and in the auditorium I cranked the ISO on my D90 to get the shots I wanted. Couldn't have done that with the D50 so it's already paid off! Even when I went outside (and forgot to reset the ISO for the first few shots) I still got some great pictures if a little grainy. Actually, after I looked at them closely, they came out very nice.
I picked up my lightly used D90 at Adorama. KEH or B&H are also good places to start. Keep checking, they have new stuff every day.