I would suggest D5000 haha, flip screen rocks =)
I just got into DSLRs recently .. crazy about it now. I took my decision on the 500d because I was always a Canon compact user (last one was the G9 which was a good cam). Loved the 50d but I wanted to leanr with a basic set first ... upgrade later when I am better. My main driver was that I wanted something with familiar controls. I guess adjusting to new controls would only be a matter of time but I didn't want to stumble with the controls especially because I look for photographs more often than wait for the photographs to find me.
Last edited by raymansg; 2nd August 2009 at 07:24 PM.
I've read tons of reviews on the cameras I'm keen on, until someone in a review thread said this,"Stop reading the reviews! Go to a shop and try the cameras yourself." I think that's one of the most helpful suggestions I've ever read although it doesn't tell me anything about the cameras.
As for me, I was looking at Canon 50D, Nikon D90 and D300. Alas! When I went to the Canon dealer, he asked,"For who? For you ah? I think you better get Canon 500D. 50D too big and heavy for you." When I went to a Nikon dealer, he asked,"For who? For you ah? I think you better get Nikon D60. D90 and D300 too big and heavy for you."
I must admit I like the light-weight and simple menu of D60, and can foresee myself carrying it around, out and about. But its reviews are not so fantastic.
So I'm still thinking.
Last edited by rains; 3rd August 2009 at 08:38 AM.
The weight will matter when you first hold it. After a few trip out with your new camera, you will probably get use to the extra weight.
DxO Camera rankings for comparing sensor performance (Select "Nikon" and "APS-C"; do read the fine print about data interpretation!). D60 is not that bad finally, considering that a difference of 5 points in the overall marks is barely visible.
But for D60 I'd rather look at the limitations in terms of lenses. Certain lenses will not work (no metering, no Autofocus) which could be a limitation. Read more at kenrockwell.com and see whether it would affect you. On the same website you can also read a review of D60 - KRW is not really amused. But take his views with a good pinch of salt, it's just his personal opinion. Wouldn't be the first time that he stands alone with his view.
Last edited by Octarine; 3rd August 2009 at 10:39 AM.
seems like u are serious and keen to get started.
Personal advise, get the D90...not heavy and easy enough to use and good review.
Picture quality aside, u must be able to feel the challenge just by holding a dslr compare to pns camera.
Nikon D700, N24-70 f2.8, N70-200 f2.8, Sigma 50mm f1.4.
Just to update, I went ahead to get a D90.
Thanks for all the contribution.
I'm glad that I read up a little on D90 and took someone with me to buy it. The set that first came to me took quite a long time to focus. My sister tried both Canon 500D and Nikon D90 and commented that 500D was a lot faster in focusing. It occurred to me that someone in this forum mentioned something about a salesperson saying that '1 in 5 D90 has focusing problem' and I asked for a 2nd set to try. It turned out that the 2nd set was faster in focusing, altho it's still slower than Canon.
Thanks again for all the suggestions and comments.
congrats on your purchase. D90 is indeed a good camera.
I think D90 and 500D might use slightly different focusing algorithm, hence one might be slower than the other in some situation, but faster in others.
It really depends on how you aim your camera, which focusing mode you choose, etc etc.
I would have thought that a the difference in focusing speed would be negligible to anyone but a serious amateur or professional.
For example, my ultra-wide lens is claimed to be SLOOOOW in focusing, but I've had no issues with it for the kinds of photos I take.
btw, how come the TS (alvinleo) has gone all quiet since his first post....? Post question than vanish?
Is it really negligible? I'm going to use it for taking pics of kids. My sister commented that by the time you finish focusing, the 'kodak moment' would have been gone.
Perhaps Alvin has forgotten the thread he's started. Nevermind. It benefits me instead. Or maybe he's reading it quietly.
Too many sellers here sell 2nd hand stuff for higher than the price of a brand new unit. Do your homework carefully.