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#1 purple5ive

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Posted 18 December 2011 - 07:44 PM

Guys
looking to upgrade from my D3000.
im not sure which one of the above to go for,
i only need it for you average joe photos, landscape, scenery, the occasionaly wedding, cars, parties etc
so its going to be ameature stuff.
i will be going for the 18-105MM lens with either of the bodies. and eventually get a 50MM to add to the collection
so price does make a big difference, what i want to know is does the extra 300-500 or so $$ make the D7000 any better in my situation.
the cheapest ive found the D7000 is for $1600 at jb hifi. and $1300 for the D90 at Teds.
i do realise the D7000 is also good for movies with 20mins or so of 1080p so its a bonus compared to 5mins of video in 720p on the D90.
apart from that im stumped...
any help is much appreciated.
cheers

#2 .Ryan.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 09:06 AM

Upgrade lens quality before you upgrade body. No point using a better body with the same cheap glass, you'll notice more improvement with a decent lense on you current camera.

#3 green_pea

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 10:11 AM

i think the only reason to upgrade to the d7000 is for the ISO performance. in low light situations the D7000 will poo on the D90, otherwise as .Ryan said, just get some new glass instead and keep the D3000.

I have the D7000 and i still use my old D40x alot more than i would have thought

#4 purple5ive

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:06 PM

Thanks fellas i thought about the lense but the D3000 doesnt have the inbuilt motor in the body so have to buy the more expensive lenses
was hoping that the other two will have that problem sorted out .
plus they come with the 18-105 zoom as a kit save me changing over lenses a bit
was going to use the 18-105 and gt another 50mm later on..

if i was to keep the D3000 im not really sure what lenses i can use with it.
cheers

#5 greens14

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 01:08 PM

Keep what u got and get a better lense. I have a D80 and although it is getting to be am old camera I love it. I got some new glass and it makes a massive difference to the poo lenses u get in the kit.

#6 .Ryan.

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:33 PM

Virtually all of nikons current line of lenses are af-s anyway so they will work fine with your camera

#7 green_pea

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 02:47 PM

yeah the only issue is the AF-D lenses will not auto focus on the D3000. and yeah the AF-S lenses are all double the price!! cant win my friend

also what focal length are you after??

Edited by green_pea, 19 December 2011 - 02:48 PM.


#8 purple5ive

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Posted 19 December 2011 - 03:15 PM

yeah thats the problem im facing lol ill have to pay double pretty much. so i though might as well bite the bullet and get a better body that can do a bit more low light, focus a bit faster(lense problem i guess) and can take just that much better looking pics. plus i have the chance to buy some of the older lenses(cheaper) that will be able to autofocus on the new cameras (or am i dreaming about that option????, i will be getting the 50mm lense, the ones without the motor is $200 and the other $400 and up the cameras come already with a 18-105mm zoom which i think is much more usable than my 18-55, if i buy the body only its $300 cheaper but i dont think there a better lense out there with similar zoom and price that will beat the nikon 18-105 atm. so it hought id get the lense for the extra $300 and just add a 50mm ($200 one) later on. thats way ive got a reasonable coverage for what i want the camera for.

Edited by purple5ive, 19 December 2011 - 03:46 PM.


#9 green_pea

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 12:27 PM

you can get a 50mm 1.8 for like $130 bucks! definitly by the body from a reputable store here in aus, for the lens just ebay it.

50mm on a crop body is a little too zoomed i think, it ends up at 75mm. you might want to think about the 35mm f/1.8, and just keep your D3000.

keep us posted :thumbsup:

Edited by green_pea, 20 December 2011 - 12:27 PM.


#10 purple5ive

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Posted 20 December 2011 - 03:25 PM

the 50mm non motorised version , D lense is $199 at j.b
the 35MM is more but i dont know if its got the built in motor.
i will go and have a decent look todaya nd figure out the pricing
might just stick with the d3000 and get a 35mm or 50mm thats works with it, so in future it will still work with other cameras.
cheers

#11 green_pea

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 10:19 AM

the 35mm is AF-S, it will def work on your D3000, mine is basically glued to my D40X :hug:

ebay link (bought the exact same one)

Edited by green_pea, 21 December 2011 - 10:20 AM.


#12 .Ryan.

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Posted 21 December 2011 - 01:25 PM

yeah 35mm f/1.8 is my favourite lens, never came off my old D60 and its basically the only lens I use on my D7000 as well

#13 purple5ive

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 07:39 AM

So you guys reckon getting a 35mm is better than the 50mm
i figure by the time the 35 goes on a DX lense its a 50mm so would that be the only reason to get a 35mm or are there any other benefits
im still learning so sorry about the dumb questions.
i keep changing my mind on getting the D7000 or sticking with the D3000. after havibg a play with the D7000 its def much faster camera and if i got it id be using it for a while so have to make up my mind about it
another problem, almost every store has sold out lol

cheers fellas

#14 green_pea

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 08:02 AM

the 35mm is actually a DX lens so it is the equivelent of have a full frame camera with a 50mm lens. its pretty confusing at first but when you get your head around the 1.5 crop factor, it all becomes clear.

Just remember sigma DC lenses are meant for crop sensored cameras and DG lenses are for full frame. when looking at a DG lens, you times the focal length by 1.5 (eg 200mm lens becomes a 300mm lens on a d3000)

same goes for DX and FX with nikon (also nikon dont mark lenses FX, they only mark the DX lenses)

have i confused you.... :wacko:

#15 purple5ive

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 11:19 AM

hahaha sort of
so now the sigma or any full frame lense should still work on a DX camera yes???
so get the 35mm then if i want the eqaul of a 50mm full frame FX,
cheers

#16 greens14

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 11:24 AM

Yea get the 35mm. I use my 50mm lens heaps, but it is a little too zoomed for low light indoors etc. Great lenses and cheap too.
Def go through ebay. I got mine from overseas for just over $100.

#17 green_pea

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Posted 22 December 2011 - 11:50 AM

View Postpurple5ive, on 22 December 2011 - 11:19 AM, said:

hahaha sort of
so now the sigma or any full frame lense should still work on a DX camera yes???
so get the 35mm then if i want the eqaul of a 50mm full frame FX,
cheers

yes any full frame lens will work but will be zoomed by a factor of 1.5

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#18 purple5ive

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Posted 23 December 2011 - 09:59 AM

ahh thanks man.
got the D7000 last night as well so have to start figuring out how to use it, any tips please share

cheers

#19 MADGT4

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Posted 16 January 2012 - 11:08 PM

Just picked up a 50mm 1.8 for my D7000 and have been shooting it like crazy!

Looking to pick up another lense soon.

Enjoying the 50mm at the moment as you really need to use your feet alot more!

#20 Clubmanmc

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Posted 24 January 2012 - 03:55 PM

The 50mm also makes you a better photographer... as you do all the work setting the shot up and framing it and THEN you take it..

zooms make you lazy!!!

the D7000 is quite a camera, and would be my choice over the D90... as good as the D90 is, its almost 5 yeras old now...

Enjoy!!

M





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