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    Hello,

    Currently I am using a Nikon D60. Finally its limitation is getting to me.
    I am thinking of upgrading my DSLR. I am also thinking of getting one with video function.

    Any suggestion or should I even need a DSLR with a video function?


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    what limitation you're facing ?
    3 af-points or lack of motor for AF-D lens ?

    http://www.bythom.com/upgradepath.htm

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    Quote Originally Posted by serenade View Post
    Hello,

    Currently I am using a Nikon D60. Finally its limitation is getting to me.
    I am thinking of upgrading my DSLR. I am also thinking of getting one with video function.

    Any suggestion or should I even need a DSLR with a video function?

    You're supposed to ANSWER these questions yourself. What's holding you back? Which newer better cameras can offer you something which you need?

    Is it within your budget? If so, then go ahead and buy it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Simon_84 View Post
    what limitation you're facing ?
    3 af-points or lack of motor for AF-D lens ?

    http://www.bythom.com/upgradepath.htm
    Both....wanted to get a 50mm lens but realise I cant..

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    get the 35mm f/1.8 then, or get the 50mm f/1.4 AF-S.

    people usually neglect these two lenses, they're great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    You're supposed to ANSWER these questions yourself. What's holding you back? Which newer better cameras can offer you something which you need?

    Is it within your budget? If so, then go ahead and buy it.
    D90 is within my budget but D300s is slight above...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    get the 35mm f/1.8 then, or get the 50mm f/1.4 AF-S.

    people usually neglect these two lenses, they're great.
    hmmm thanks... will check it out

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    if you insist on the 50mm f/1.8, you'll have to pay about 600 bucks for an upgrade,

    whereas if you buy the 35mm f/1.8, you only pay 200 odd dollars more for the lens (as compared to the original price of $100 odd you'd be paying for the 50mm f/1.8)

    and besides, with the 35mm f/1.8 lens, you'll get a 50mm FOV on your crop body, isn't that what you would like?
    imo 75mm (50mm's FOV on a crop body) is abit tight
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    Quote Originally Posted by serenade View Post
    D90 is within my budget but D300s is slight above...
    Then ask yourself. Are you thinking of moving further up along the line later on? If so, then take the plunge now and change to a semi-pro model. Then you'd have to invest in CF cards as well.

    Also, considered getting D300 instead of D300s, esp. if you do not need the video functions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    if you insist on the 50mm f/1.8, you'll have to pay about 600 bucks for an upgrade,

    whereas if you buy the 35mm f/1.8, you only pay 200 odd dollars more for the lens (as compared to the original price of $100 odd you'd be paying for the 50mm f/1.8)

    and besides, with the 35mm f/1.8 lens, you'll get a 50mm FOV on your crop body, isn't that what you would like?
    imo 75mm (50mm's FOV on a crop body) is abit tight
    Thanks for the info.. will check out 35mm..

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    no worries, just check it out, you won't regret it.

    for a rough gauge on the price, check out the nikon price guide here
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Then ask yourself. Are you thinking of moving further up along the line later on? If so, then take the plunge now and change to a semi-pro model. Then you'd have to invest in CF cards as well.

    Also, considered getting D300 instead of D300s, esp. if you do not need the video functions.
    I am thinking of moving up the line... thats why I am thinking of an upgrade...

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    while i agree with lomographer regarding the upgrade of the lens , consider this too :

    are you OR will you be using commander mode for CLS soon ?
    is the 11point VS 3 point af of any concern to you ?
    is video that important ?
    is 2.5 or 3fps VS 4.5fps worth the upgrade ?

    if you answered yes to all then an upgrade is for sure. sell the d60 and jump to d90 or d300s

    else, i would save up and get my arsenal of lens and speedlight first
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    Quote Originally Posted by serenade View Post
    I am thinking of moving up the line... thats why I am thinking of an upgrade...
    Ok, what lens line-up do you have so far?

    Coz once you start buying, you'll just keep buying more. Lenses, flashes, etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeTHaCk View Post
    while i agree with lomographer regarding the upgrade of the lens , consider this too :

    are you OR will you be using commander mode for CLS soon ?
    is the 11point VS 3 point af of any concern to you ?
    is video that important ?
    is 2.5 or 3fps VS 4.5fps worth the upgrade ?

    if you answered yes to all then an upgrade is for sure. sell the d60 and jump to d90 or d300s

    else, i would save up and get my arsenal of lens and speedlight first
    i think she's probably looking more into the AF-Motor,

    and also of course some ISO improvement, and the LCD screen is nice too...

    i am guessing the features you mentioned are important but not the main ones

    i will only get more lenses, but not speedlights or flashes...

    never bought one, cos i'll never use it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lomographer View Post
    i think she's probably looking more into the AF-Motor,

    and also of course some ISO improvement, and the LCD screen is nice too...

    i am guessing the features you mentioned are important but not the main ones

    i will only get more lenses, but not speedlights or flashes...

    never bought one, cos i'll never use it...
    Wait till you see what it does to certain light conditions and the images.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zac08 View Post
    Wait till you see what it does to certain light conditions and the images.
    To me, I think is more about exploring the creativity with flashes which is another area of depth in photography . I haven bought any external flashes yet too

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    Quote Originally Posted by serenade View Post
    Both....wanted to get a 50mm lens but realise I cant..
    Can... You just have to manually focus... and it's not difficult with the rangefinder display on the D60. How did photographers shoot before AF was invented?

    In fact, some photographers said manual focusing allow them to think and wait before they release the shutter rather than "beep, beep" SNAP..... I tend to agree but I also agree that AF has helped me a lot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Can... You just have to manually focus... and it's not difficult with the rangefinder display on the D60. How did photographers shoot before AF was invented?

    In fact, some photographers said manual focusing allow them to think and wait before they release the shutter rather than "beep, beep" SNAP..... I tend to agree but I also agree that AF has helped me a lot.
    Know what you mean. When I used my dad's old Cosina film cam with MF, i got maybe 25/36 good shots. (i lost 9 trying to photograph the stars >.<)

    But now with AF DSLR, I throw maybe 250/550 photos each time... it's too easy to fall into the habit of taking snapshots.

    Esp with a low light prime like 35mm or 50mm, might not be worth spending the money to get a camera that can AF-D. As portrait or low-light lenses (night, stage), the need for careful composition or the poor lighting will make the AF less useful anyway.

    WRT video, I've found (with compacts, since my DSLR doesnt support vid) that if you're trying to decide between video or photo, you tend to miss good moments in either format, cos you won't be focusing on getting your best in it...

    That's just my (very) humble opinion, though. Cos i'm using an even worse D40. With awful low light D: my only bugbear with it lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsisaxon View Post
    Can... You just have to manually focus... and it's not difficult with the rangefinder display on the D60. How did photographers shoot before AF was invented?

    In fact, some photographers said manual focusing allow them to think and wait before they release the shutter rather than "beep, beep" SNAP..... I tend to agree but I also agree that AF has helped me a lot.
    i'm beginning to loose touch of manual focusing ... time to buy back manual films again

    actually its true what you said. thanks to digital enhancement we tend to snap snap more instead of wait wait .. compose... recompose... refocus... then snap.

    gone were the days where every shot = money + time .now you just shoot shoot .. not nice delete.

    Hmmm....
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