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Re: Help please, which camera and lens to buy?

Unread post by Switchback » Thu May 27, 2010 7:44 am

Hi Carson,

I assume your talking about the Nikon D90? In that case, my answer is straight forward: Get the D90! Yes, I am biased as I am using one, but I am biased for good reason - it's a magnificent piece of equipment that delivers!

Yes, the D90 has more advanced features than the D5000, but not to an extent that you need a degree to set it up. If you get the D90, I'll help you set it up in a jiffy. The other reason is: You'll kick yourself with the 200mm lens for not having 300mm. 300mm is considered the "minimum" for above average wildlife photograpahy.

At the end of the day, you are using the same sensor, both D5000 and D90 body has the same sensor, the D90 is just more rigid, more pro, better Low Light performance etc.

Have a look here: D5000 vs D90

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Re: Help please, which camera and lens to buy?

Unread post by big5spotter » Thu May 27, 2010 8:56 am

Hi

Try and maybe find a second hand D80 or D80 with a second hand 70-300mm.I got a second hand 70-300 for R1000 not the VR but I am happy.Got the Sigma 150-500 much happier.But try outdoorphoto classifieds section
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Re: Help please, which camera and lens to buy?

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu May 27, 2010 9:15 am

There are a lot of threads discussing this, try searching.
B5S has given the advice I always give. Buy 2nd hand, its cheaper and will let you play. I'd even suggest you look for a D50 or D70 instead of a D80 (though I have seen very few D50s around lately). The D40/60/3000/5000 will not autofocus with the majority of really long lenses you'll want to use for wildlife.

I'd also suggest Gumtree, Kameraz, BidOrBuy and JunkMail.
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Re: Help please, which camera and lens to buy?

Unread post by Dupacc » Thu May 27, 2010 10:53 am

My suggestion would be to buy a good 2nd hand camera AND a good point and shoot like - for example - a Canon SX20is which has 12 megapixels and 20x optical zoom (equivalent to roughly 450mm). I find the Canon easy to use in a car where a long lens is sometimes difficult to maneuver.
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Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by big5spotter » Wed Aug 18, 2010 5:05 pm

Hi all cammers

I have a Nikon D80 and thinking of getting either the D90 or D300s.I was locked on the D90 and then when I went to the camera store he introduced me to the D300s which I would rather want but is their such a big difference in the 2?And is it worth buying a D300s?Should I even upgrade?
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by BushNuts » Fri Aug 20, 2010 3:18 pm

Hey there b5s,

I'm not sure why you feel you need to upgrade, but if it's to take better advantage of the power of DSLRs then read on.

I just upgraded from a D70 to the D300s, and having played around with the D90 before I can safely say this... Yes!

There's a huge difference. The D300s gives you so much more power at your finger tips but only if you're going to use it beyond the snapshot Auto mode offered by most SLRs.

In fact there is no happy green Auto mode. The closest it has is P(rogramme) mode and the ability to create custom profile settings for your own personalised use.

The D300s is definately a superb camera but will it take better pictures than the D80 or D90, not really (okay maybe a little bit), but it will make taking better pictures easier.

Another good reason you should not go for the D90. It's about to become obsolete and will be replaced by a new model in the next month or two at the next Photokina.

I suggest checking carefully why you want to upgrade and what it is you want from the upgrade and then look at the available models (and maybe wait for the D90 replacement to be announced).
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by JustNature » Fri Aug 20, 2010 4:18 pm

B5S, they both seem great very closely matched. Got a D90 and am very happy. Comparasion Chart
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by fazekma » Sat Aug 21, 2010 7:08 am

I use both bodies and am happy with the photographs taken by both - there is no difference here. The the D90 has a motor so is usable with older lenses that don't have the SWM.

I will, however, be trading my D90 in sometime in the future for one main reason - the mode dial does not lock - this means that a small bump / touch or if you brush the body against something can change the setting - THIS DRIVES ME MAD! I keep the bodies on the passenger seat and shoot with a bean bag and if I set the mode on A (Aperture) and I see a subject I simply reach over grab the body and start shooting - I don't have time to check dials but in about 30% of the time my dial has moved to Shutter, Manual or Program mode and I end up with some crazy-looking photos! Wildlife photography is about technique and speed - animals don't often give us a second chance to photograph them so I need my setting to remain stable - the D300S has a lock on the dials.

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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by big5spotter » Sat Aug 21, 2010 10:13 am

Thanks guys.I tested the D300s in the camera store and it just feels right feels like I have power in my hands.The guys in the store went into dpreview and compared all 3 D80 D90 D300s and the D80 and D300s got a 4½star and the D90 4 stars why I dont know.I know about the new D90 my friend works for Nikon.Maybe I should hold onto my D80 for a while?I know I wont get better pics thats not why I want to upgrade.
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Re: Nikon D300s or D90

Unread post by wingman » Sun Aug 22, 2010 8:14 pm

The big difference is the number of shots per second 4 on the D90 against 7.5 in the D300s if you want to do birds in flight or action shots the D300s is the one to get.
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