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    Default backup body: D5100 or D90?

    I am looking for a backup body, currently narrow down to these two bodies:

    D5100, what I like:
    articulated LCD
    HD video mode
    smaller size

    D90, what I like:
    have built in AF motor
    larger viewfinder
    top panel LCD
    lesser megapixel

    additional info:
    1) all my lenses have no AF motor with them
    2) I will use this backup body mostly for casual use
    3) don't really need higher megapixel as I don't print large or crop often

    any comments?

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    Do you shoot often manually focusing the lens?
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    Default Re: backup body: D5100 or D90?

    Since none of your lenses have built-in AF, go for the D90

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    Its much convenient for you to have the d90 because of the built in motor.

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    mmm just curious y will u need a backup camera for casual cant u just use whatever u using currently

    buying another DX camera if ur camera is DX does not make sense to me. might as well go smaller or Bigger

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    Quote Originally Posted by dardar View Post
    mmm just curious y will u need a backup camera for casual cant u just use whatever u using currently

    buying another DX camera if ur camera is DX does not make sense to me. might as well go smaller or Bigger
    it good to have a backup if you are a serious photographer. Provided your wallet can tahan
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    Default Re: backup body: D5100 or D90?

    what do you shoot and what lenses do you use? it would help with the recommendations. sometimes might make more sense to invest in new glass than a 2nd body.
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    TS, if you use the camera for casual (i.e. non-critical) use, having a spare body seems superfluous. Of course there's no rule saying you can't carry a spare cam body

    Between the 2, my choice would be the D90.
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    Default Re: backup body: D5100 or D90?

    Quote Originally Posted by All Hail Lowballer View Post
    I am looking for a backup body, currently narrow down to these two bodies:

    D5100, what I like:
    articulated LCD
    HD video mode
    smaller size

    D90, what I like:
    have built in AF motor
    larger viewfinder
    top panel LCD
    lesser megapixel

    additional info:
    1) all my lenses have no AF motor with them
    2) I will use this backup body mostly for casual use
    3) don't really need higher megapixel as I don't print large or crop often

    any comments?
    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    TS, if you use the camera for casual (i.e. non-critical) use, having a spare body seems superfluous. Of course there's no rule saying you can't carry a spare cam body

    Between the 2, my choice would be the D90.
    Plus me...one more = D90 partly the reasons why I dumped my D5000 recently (...as the other partly is my son now prefer to use at least D90-alike, when I asked...bcos of 'Two-Dials, View-Finder's=much brighter & bigger to see/look thru and Original-Vertical-Grip' liao ever since he tried my D90+Org-grip, but not the weight of my D700 he said maybe when he turns teenage...arghhhhh...haha...!!!!!!
    Anything that can take pictures...happy already lor...(..but...Hasselblad_H5D-50 as my Workhorse)

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