D5000 or D90


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recently i headed over to funan and got a quote from tk foto. one of the guys quoted me the D90 kit at $1480 and the D5000 kit at $1080..
which kit would u recommend to a newbie? and what are the main differences between the 2 besides the fact that D90 does not require a AF-S lens
 

ZerocoolAstra

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recently i headed over to funan and got a quote from tk foto. one of the guys quoted me the D90 kit at $1480 and the D5000 kit at $1080..
which kit would u recommend to a newbie? and what are the main differences between the 2 besides the fact that D90 does not require a AF-S lens
welcome to Clubsnap!

well, there ARE differences between the 2, which you can easily find in a head-to-head comparison on sites like dpreview.
The point is whether these differences really matter to you, hence justifying the price difference.
BOTH are very capable cameras.

I would personally go for D90 if it was my decision, but that's not really the point.
Also, to confuse you further, you should take a look at other brands as well. Some are priced very competitively.
 

daredevil123

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Get the D5000 FTW!!!!


















But really....

I typed in "D90 vs D5000" in Google. And here are some of the top results. Took me 10 seconds to type. Took me 5 mins to cut and paste.

http://www.digitalreview.ca/content/Nikon-D5000-D90-Compared-to-Canon-Rebel-T1i-500D.shtml

http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d5000-vs-d90

http://www.engadget.com/2009/04/28/nikon-d5000-review-head-to-head-with-d90/

http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikon_D5000/verdict.shtml
 

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csnap

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For the $400 difference, i would recommend D90 for longer range kit lens and better ergonomics of the camera body.
Unless u prefer a smaller and lighter weight camera with a tilt/swivel screen, then D5000 is the choice.
Image should be comparable as both using the same sensor.
Have a feel of the cameras at the shop and u should know your choice.
 

Blur Shadow

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I'd choose the D90. But of course, that's me.
 

torak

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D90 of cos.

More lenses to use
 

VainKid

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D90 due to build in motor. without having to pay premium for lens that has build in af motor
 

bookwormm

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If you have the spare cash, a d90 will be excellent. Otherwise a d5k will do fine too? :bsmilie:
I got myself a d90, no regrets :thumbsup:
 

Raptor2k7

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i faced the same issue, but i decided to go for the d5000

1) the tiltable lcd is very useful for certain angled shots

2) image quality is same as d90

3) i was only planning to use the kit lens, nothing to upgrade/whatsoever

go for d90 if you are planning to go further into photography, if not d5000 + kit lens will suffice
 

wildcat

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If get the D5000, try to get with the other kit lens. The 18-105mm is a really better lens, in my opinion.
 

Ichiowen

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If you willing to pay $400 more, Go for D90.
Dont need to look at D5000.
Except for the tilt screen, size and weight. D90 works better.
Manual and Auto Lens all can auto focus on D90 but Manual Lens cannot auto focus on D5000.
Unless you comparing D3000 and D5000. I will ask you to take D5000.
Me?
I choose my D5000 because of the tilt screen, size, weight and my budget.
 

Reportage

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recently i headed over to funan and got a quote from tk foto. one of the guys quoted me the D90 kit at $1480 and the D5000 kit at $1080..
which kit would u recommend to a newbie? and what are the main differences between the 2 besides the fact that D90 does not require a AF-S lens
it really depends what you want to do with the camera.

Both are fine cameras just that i would say the D90 is better if you need to do split second settings adjustments while for the D5000, better for your back if using for odd angles.

for my usage, both would be out as i would be looking at the D300 and budget willing the D700.

as for which lens, the 18-200mm + 50mm f/1.8 is as good a starter combo as any.
 

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pasay

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It really depends on how much interest you have, and how long will you be interested, in photography.

D5000 is aimed more for entry-level/beginners
- less expensive (good for beginners and those still not sure whether to invest in photography)
- tilt screen for difficult angles
- same sensor as D90
- lighter body (makes it easier to bring)

D90 is a semi-pro (or a stepped down version of it)
- more features translate to being more expensive (you might not need all those bangs and whistles)
- has built-in motor for AF lenses to auto-focus
- built-in flash works as wireless flash commander
- better build and ergonomics
- heavier (but also means more stable when hand-held)

It's not just a question of budget or features. It's what YOU want out of YOUR kind of photography, and finding the right equipment that will help you achieve "the shot".

Just my thoughts.:)
 

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