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I really love this feature of this website, but it would be awesome if you could include some price range options :)
Ravin, that’s coming up very soon! :) Thank you for the feedback!
There’s a flaw in your questionnaire, lol. I own both Canon and Nikon. Tired of waiting for Nikon’s release of their second generation amateur FX, I purchased a 5D2 and a whole array of great L lenses. Now I got the D800 instead of the overpriced mk3 (the difference between the mk2 and mk3 reminds me of the D300 vs D300s). By using both I get the best of both worlds. Canon has better choice of more affordable lenses and Nikon came up with a breakthough. I will save the 50k$ premium for the Leica S2. Medium format beware ;). In my opinion Nikon is too small a player compared to Canon. Canon gets more praise because more own a Canon. Goliath really shot itself in the foot here. Now waiting for the mk4 ah ah ah.
thank you for your great site!
Hi Francois – which 1 of the 2 would you prefer for shooting kids moving around? I currently own a 5d2 but heard Nikon has more accurate AF for tracking moving subject? Would you find this true or the difference is not huge? The main driver for me to own a dSLR is my kids. While I like the look & handling of Canon better, I’m happy to switch if the difference in that respect is significant. View from Nasim and others are also much appreciated. Thanks in advance for your advice.
Hello Deline thank you for asking my opinion and thank you to the Mansurovs to give me the opportunity to express it.
The D800 is more recent (D600 as well) of course but I dont think you need to switch. I dont always use AI servo for close subjects (mostly at wide angle and good depth of field). I point, focus and frame. I tend to save my shots mainly to save work (post processing from raw).. The 5D2 with a fast focussing lens does it for me. It’s my body for outdoor shooting. I prefer the D800 for still subjects (my cars lloll), interior, macro. IMHO 9 point, 39 point, 51 point and 61 point AF dont matter much. All I know is that with 5D2 and 24-70 f2.8, I take shots that 99% of the time are properly exposed with superb colors and in focus. The D800 does track it’s subject in movie mode but you should hear the noise lenses make when tracking (toc toc toc…), not speaking of focus breathing . I dont really like it (unless the sound is dubbed) and use a manual focus wide prime with good results on both. Yes after four months I changed my opinion I will get a mkIII (FPS, AF and ISO). The 6D is too small for my big ends and the D800 satisfied my ego lloll.
Thanks you Francois for your opinion. I see your view is quite honest and from practical usage. This does give me a lot more clarity and assurance. I had a chance to play quickly with the 5d3 and first thing I noticed was speed, and also the lovely big screen compared to my 5d2. Wish you all the best with your new gear and photography. Also thank you to Mansurovs for this wonderful site for opinion sharing.
Hello Nasim, Good and useful post once again. But i did not get the result. I chose my current camera as Nikon D5100 still it suggest me 5100 and 7000..! why ?
Saurabh, that just means that you already have an excellent camera and if you want to move up to something better, then the D7000 is what you want :)
ok. As i have dslr with cropped sensor and related lenses so if i want to buy an improved dslr then i have only D7000 in my option or even other higher version nikon dslr with full sensor will also work ? By the way section Gear guide seems to be very useful. Waiting for it to be completed including other accessories. Thanks for sharing everything.
Saurabh, yes, you can move up to a full-frame DSLR like the Nikon D800 or Nikon D4, but the cost increase in rather substantial…
ok Nasim thank you. Always eager to watch and read your articles tips and photographs. Being a Nikonian this is very helpful site for me. Hope to see more articles and photographs soon.
You are most welcome!
One more thing Nashim. I have been looking for use of F numbers in your site that what f number one should use for different types of photography. Some say more than F11 (f16-f22) for landscapes and some say never use more than F9 or 10 at the max. It is very confusing. I have no problem with close up shots like portrait and others and i have sold some pix as well but when it comes landscape they always come blurred. So hope you guide us regarding use of F number soon. Thanks a lot.
Saurabh, you definitely do not want to use very high f numbers (small aperture), because anything above f/8 on DX and f/11 on FX will result in diffraction, which will certainly affect the sharpness of the image. I try to avoid shooting at anything above f/11, but will go higher when I need to do it for whatever reason (depth of field or to slow down shutter speed, etc).
As a rule of thumb, try to stay below f/11 if you want the best results.
Thanks a lot Nashim for your suggestions. I am trying to get clear landscape shots with my nikon D5100 and 35mm nikkor lens. Hope to see more landscape tips and photographs soon. Thanks once again.
Nice feature and nicely implemented. Just one comment – I entered Sony as my existing camera and got recommendations for Sony. while I understand that many people will buy within their current system I think it might be useful to also include some secondary suggestions from other brands as well.
Good point Olli, I will add other suggestions as well!
Olli, I went back and tried to add camera suggestions from other brands and I ended up removing them – the page looked massive in size with too many choices. I think it would be confusing for many readers to see so many different choices…
Thanks, Nasim, for all your support to us. Your guide is just another one example of it. As it is not completed yet, I would like to mention here one discrepancy.
I currently own a Nikon F-series (35mm Film SLR). In the next step I have chosen landscape photography and such. Then I got the following recommendation:
Since your current camera is a high-end Nikon FX DSLR, it is best that you pick an FX camera with the most resolution.
Yet, my current camera in not a DSLR.
Andre, thank you for your feedback, I am fixing the issue now :)
OK, the issue is fixed – thank you for letting me know! In summary, if you are switching from a film camera, it is all about your budget!
Alas, you are right! :))
… actually, I do have an entry level DX-type DSLR of Panasonic (which I could not choose from the menu). It is very handy for my mountain hikes. But the image quality is not as good as I would like to get. I am actually waiting till some Nikon FX-camera becomes reachable for my budget, buy it and start using my lensen (from Nikon F90X) which have been lying there for several years now.
… if I only have lenses but no camera, I still have to choose the camera…
Andre, good point, I fixed the issue as well :)
Interesting. I entered that I have a D700, and it recommended that I buy a D3100 or D5100 instead. :)
Ha Ha, yes those were my options for ‘upgrading’ my D300. Excellent idea though. I hope that with development it becomes a very useable tool.
Rob, thanks for catching that – I fixed the issue!
I was wondering why it would recommend a 60d over a 7d for sports and wildlife? Was the recommendation made because I currently own a t3i?
David, no, you are right – for some reason the form had an error and failed to show the 7D. It is fixed now :)
Are you going to stick to upgraded dslr’s? I would like to see the equipment guide extend to the new and endless list of point and shoots… for instance I am battling with my self over which of the newest enthusiast point and shoots to buy for carry around when I’m not hauling my gear. No one has done an extensive side by side “what’s your purpose” type of thing like this for POS.
Lisa, for now I only have a DSLR guide, but will have a separate guide for mirrorless and point and shoot cameras in the future!
It was nice to see that I didn’t really have to upgrade my camera body right now. I have the D7000.
Sir, I have read so many adverse comments against Nikon D7000 that it has some problems as shown below. Hence I am confused as to whether to purchase Nikon D5100 or Nikon D7000 though i am much interested in D7000. What to do?… Kindly guide me. The paragraph below is “cut and pasted” Sending my Nikon D7000 back to Nikon.” on January 17, 2012 by FstopOne (2 reviews)
Pros: Its hard to have any good opinion about the Nikon D7000 when it does not focus correctly, I think that it should preform this basic function flawlessly, without it its not worth a dime.
Cons: Back focus issues, soft focus problems, (It won’t focus on subject, but just behind the subject) out of focus.
Summary: I have been shooting photographs for over 25 year and have been paid to do so, all of my cameras have been Nikon, this is my fifth Nikon, and if I had to do it all over again I would not get the Nikon D7000 camera, and maybe not even a Nikon ever again, there is an epidemic of out of focus Nikon D7000 out there, Nikon should do the right thing and begin a recall.
See my Nikon D7000 Review and post-review comments on this particular issue. There are thousands of happy D7000 owners. Just like any other product (especially a popular one like the D7000), it is expected that some units will have problems out there.
Sir, whether Canon 7D is better than Nikon D7000, if so, in what way? I am much interested in purchase of the excellent camera in the range of rupees 1 to 1.3 lakh. Kindly guide.
Please see my Nikon vs Canon vs Sony article. I won’t be providing feature differences between cameras here. Brand doesn’t matter, just pick one and you won’t go wrong.
I really love your detailed reviews and writing style on your website. I wanted to know your view on a dilemma i am having, i am going to buy my 1st DSLR, and my budget is around D3100 ! Recently i saw that the Canon t2i (550D) is just a few bucks costlier and even has no Autofocus motor issues! So, i wanted to ask, is there anything that i’ll lose on my D3100 if i select Canon T2i or vice versa!
Or would it be advisable that i look for a budget for D5100, which would probably serve for me for more number of years as it is an Upper Entry level DSLR!
I know i sound very confused, but the thing is that ,it has taken a huge amount of convincing my Dad to let me buy a DSLR, so it might be THE dslr for some years. I do have plans to buy a 50mm F1.8g ASAP as i love clicking pics wid beautiful Bokeh n Self-Portrait etc!
So plzz advice me what to do :)
Just go with the Nikon D5100.
Hi Nasim. I think your website is great and your idea to build this guide has great promise. I’m sure it takes a lot of time to program the different options and results. Here is an idea for what it is worth. You mentioned yesterday that you tried changing your code so that it also brought up options for other camera brands, but then reversed it as it became confusing with too many choices. What if you added another button that said “Show me other brands as well”. You could then either let visitors tick off only the brands they are interested in to pare the results down and you could add a warning that the volume of results might be confusing for some. I can see that this will be a work in progress that constantly improves over time. Thanks for your hard work on developing this awesome site.
Thank you Rick, that’s a good idea. Tried it today and just could not get it to work…it gets very complex if I wanted to dynamically add other brands :(
Many thanks Nasim! You hit the nail on the head. You recommended the D7000 or D800. Presently I own a D80 and love it, except for the ISO limitations. I am drooling over the D800, but own a few Dx lenses, nothing extravagant though, a nifty fifty, a cheap sigma 70-300, and a kit 18-135. My question is thus, will the D800 use the Dx lenses in a cropped fashion? What exactly does this mean in photographic use terms. Many thanks for your site, your videos, your expertise and your guidance…..
Marc, the Nikon D800 will work with DX lenses in DX mode, which means that you will get a little less than half the resolution (15 MP). It is still more than what you have currently with the D80 :)
Sir kindly reply on item 29 & 30 pleeeeease.
Sooooooooooo… I need to replace my d300 as quickly as possible (was stolen!) School pictures and Family shoots in the park start up in about 2 weeks, so i can’t really wait for reviews once the d800 comes out, kind of need to decide now. I’m torn between the d700 and the d800 because of the 12.1 mp vs the 36.3. Can you dial down how big your file is going to be before you take the picture? What exactly do you mean by down-sampling? There are days that i will have to upload over 300 images to the lab. Will a camera shooting 36.3 make files so big that it will take forever to upload? Please advise.
Thanks for all the great articles and time spent to help the undeserved. Paolo (aka desperate….)
Paolo, if budget is not an issue, go with the Nikon D800. If 36MP files are too big, you can use smaller JPEG files (option within the camera) that will reduce the files size and reduce noise. If you shoot RAW, then just exporting out of Lightroom in smaller size will also achieve the same result. Down-sampling simply means making the images smaller (resizing).
Though budget is part of the issue, I want to be prepared for the future, so I may be willing to spend more. My 2 issues now are, do i spend the extra to get the d800 for the Face Recognition Focusing (i do mostly child photography, studio and outside), or save some money and get the d700? And if when i get either one, how do i know which lens is FX and therefore compatible to the FX sensors in those camera’s? Thanks for caring. Paolo
Paolo, I would get the latest and greatest Nikon D800 – why spend money on an old technology, especially because budget is not an issue for you?
As for lenses, if a lens does not have the “DX” letters in its name, then it will work on full-frame.
Nasim, I am really confused.The more I read, the more I am getting confused and unable to decide. Right now I am using Nikon D90 and nikon 300mmf4 with 1.4TC. I am mainly interested in wildlife and bird photography.I want to upgrade my gears. I am confused between Nikon D7000 and Nikon D700. I read very good review about D7000, but sometimes I feel let me save some more money and invest in FX camera once and for all. Please let me know which is better for my purpose, D7000 or D700 or even newer D800.I am ready to wait,save and invest. Regards, Dr.Salanke.
One thing to keep in mind is that you will lose the 1.5x crop factor with a full-frame D700 or D800. If the birds you photograph are very shy and do not let you come close, then I would stay with the Nikon D7000. If you can get very close, then the D700/D800 is what you want…
Thank you Nasim, I am going with Nikon D7000.Getting it in another 2 days. Thanks for your comments and info on your website. It was of tremendous help in making decision. Regard, Dr.Salanke
Respected Dr Ravi kumar Salanke, I am also most interested in Nikon D7000 but it is not available in Indian market. Where are you getting it from?
Dear Shashikant, I got my new Nikon D7000 from bangalore, India. It was available at Whizz showroom in Mantri Square.The kit cost me Rs 72500. It is wonderful camera to own. Please let me know if you need any assitance.
Sir, Can you send me the photos you have clicked to my email address?. email@example.com I too have purchased the same camera with 4 lenses. If you like it, we may exchange photos clicked.
Thank you very much sir, I too purchased the Nikon D7000 bare body & two lenses–> 50mm f/1.8G & 70-300 Vr nikkor lens at Bangalore G.K.Vale stores in Jayanagar 3 rd block. Clicked 434 images with both lenses & found images excellent.
Nazim, it is a great site. The reviews are pretty good. Well done!
I owned an old Canon EOS10QD between 1990 and 2003 with powerful Canon prime, zoom lenses and a pretty good TTL flash. I sold them off (!) and got a simple powershot A620; I usually use AV/TV mode. I have an old Sony Digital Camera. I am increasingly frustrated with both of them. I am once again looking for a decent DSLR.
I am not a pro. I want to use it mainly for vacation, family, and social with landscapes, where appropriate. I do not think that I will ever print wall size photos. The purposes are stills and videos. I am looking for a two-in-one therefore I do not have to carry my old Sony digital camcorder anymore.
I have narrowed down my choice to D7000 and D800. I know both are excellent DSLRS, while D800 comes on top with price inclusive.
I am still a learner as far as photography is concerned. I do not intend turning pro as my profession is some where else.
My issues are: (1) I need to build good-fast lens kit as I do not have one; (2) If I am taking D800, I would rather buy a full frame lens than DX lenses (nothing wrong with them though) as I do not see any point in using DX on D800 (this is my personal opinon); (3) unless the specs of a still or video are precise, the 36 MP would magnify the focusing problems, be it aperture or shutter speed issues, etc; (4) I live in UK. the D800 with lens kit (Nikon D800 + AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8G & AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikkor Kit) would put me back by £5000, while D7000 with Nikon 16-85 AF-S and Nikon 50mm f/1.8 would be less than £2000; (5) I understand video in D800 (is the video AF?) is fantastic than D7000; and finally (6) I am not a pro!
I am not sure if D800 worth it considering the issues listed above, although it is pretty tempting.
This is just a test. I am not sure this calculator really does the job. I think you need finer divisions than the three you have. I have a Nikon D700 and my ‘modes’ are landscapes, abstracts, low light, night. I never work at events (weddings, festivals, etc), and cannot afford to spend time and money on studio style portraits. Further, video is not an option at my current or projected development. I entered the D700, and the D800 came up as a choice. If I am that into the modes I suggested, then the D800E is the choice I would think. I then re-tried using the Sports etc group. The ‘calculator’ suggested a D700 (huh?) and a D4. The latter is too expensive. Again, I think that finer divisions would help. I personally lean to the D800E if I could justify it. Lenses are the better route without becoming too afflicted by Photographer diseases!
Nazim, very interesting site!
My question: I have a D300s but want to upgrade to FX; I have a 17-55 2.8 Nikkor which, according to Nikon, is for DX use only. Can I still use it on either a D700 or D800 or do I have to sell it?
Your DSLR Purchase Guide is a very helpful tool… thanks for sharing! I am currently using a D5000 and know it’s time to upgrade… I’m hoping to have a D700 in the very near future. Your site is an awesome resource! I’m always researching and learning… many thanks for taking time to share your knowledge, reviews, images, advice, etc.
Hi! I really enjoy this website! It has helped me with making many decisions that I have been happy with! I have a Nikon d7000…I use it mainly for portraits of people. The main lenses I use are the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. I would LOVE to have a Nikon d800, but I was wondering…is it REALLY that much better than the d7000? This is a matter of WANT, not NEED! I don’t want to put out such a great amount of money and find out that the quality of portraits doesn’t justify buying a $3000 camera! Thanks! :)
Hi Nasim, this is wonderful option.I own D60 and waiting for D7000 from last 3months, no stock here in India. I am more into Bird photography Is it a good Idea to buy D300s or wait for D7000 ?
Regards, Srikanth K Iyengar.
It would really be nice if you included Olympus or one of the other smaller vendors. I have been using Olympus products for over 30 years with very good results. Otherwise I really like the information provided by your site.
Hi there Have been trying to decide on whether to buy a D7000 or the D800. Am currently using an Olympus E300 which I am very happy with and get quite good results from. But I feel that the camera is limiting what I can do. The D 7000 looks like it would do nicely but it is coming up to 2years old and will probably be replaced in the next 12months, so this makes the D800 more tempting but I am concerned that it may be to much camera for me. The main photos that I take are either landscapes or architectural and some motor sport. As to lens this will depend on which body that I purchase but will be buying FX lens. Can you help me?
I am having one Nikon D5000 with 18-55mm nikor(VR) and 70-300mm Tamron(non-VR) lenses, clicking mostly birds and general family trips. What other lenses would you suggest to improve my Bird Photography in general, I am not a pro.
Is there a valid reason that you are all conducting a Nikon Glee Club on a Sony/Minolta area? Please leave your garbage on your own doorstep…..
Hi, I just wanted to know if you could do a review of the Nikon D90, thanks! Love your page its excellent and very informative, i go to it all the time!
Hi, Nasim I already own a D7000, but I would like to revert back to the D300s. Would like to have your on the subject. Thanks Rahoul
Im interested in purchasing the D7000, but Im a little concerned that it might no be such a good Idea considering the fact that it has been out for 2 years Like Boyd mentions. I would hate to buy it and a replacement come out months later. Do you suggest I wait?? I really like the D800 but its completely out of my budget at the moment. I cant seem to find a DSLR model that can match price, quality and technology. Its either step it to a higher end or come down to a lower end DSLR.
Let me know what you guys think. Thanks!!
Dear sir, Thanks a lot for your kind guidance through this site. After so many thoughts at last I purchased just yesterday the Nikon D7000 bare body with lenses–50mm f/1.8G and AF-s VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED lenses. immediately went on safari tour in Bangalore Bannerghatta National Park, and took so many tigers, white tigers, elephants, lions photographs through 70-300 mm lens. Though I am new to this DSLR field I could take really breath taking beautiful pictures. Absolutely knowing nothing in this field I could purchase beautiful but very costly gears only on account of your definite and assuring reviews on these gears. Tbanks once again a ton. KUDOS TO YOUR SERVICE.
I actually own a D5100 and two of the prime lense 50mm 1.4g and 85mm 1.8g. I would like to focus more toward portrait, fashion and event.
My question is, should I invest more toward lenses or consider to buy a new camera with all the rumours of new D400 and D600 or go for a D700. Anything above $1,700 is above my budget.
Thank you so very much for your many great articles! I am going to purchase my first DSLR. I am a photography novice with the exception of my Canon point-n-shoot. But I have always had a passion for it. Currently I’m still torn between the T3i or the d5100 though!! I plan to be very serious with photography and I’m a quick learner and a perfectionist. With that said would goon with either one be better in your professionial opinion?? Thanks again
To add to you comment. I was in your shoes at one moment in time. It was a constant debate, extensive research and comparison and in conclusion I went for the T3i. To be Honest, both of them are great entry-level camaras with the exception that the Canon T3i has a sharper image because of the 18 mps but the 5100 has a little bit better colors. From my extensive research, The T3i has better video quality if you do decide to do some video. Visit your local shop and get a good feel on both. That will also help you on your final decision.
Thanks jerry for your input, you’re right I have done so much research and comparing. I am leaning towards the Canon T3i. Tomorrow I’m headed back to the store to do a little more hands on comparing. I must say I can’t wait to actually own one!!
I have recently upgraded from the Sony A380 to the Sony A57. I have the Sony 18-250 telephoto lens as well as just purchasing the Sigma 150-500 telephoto lens. I read with interest the Nikon lenses you recommended for wildlife/bird photography. Is the Sigma lens also good to take bird pictures and should I have a monopod or tripod for it as I do find it a bit heavy. Have taken some pictures but need to get used to focasing it as the focus ring is very stiff. Does this ring eventually become easier to focus? Thanks in advance for your feedback. Love your site, lots of great information for beginners.
Congratulations on your recent purchase, Bev, I hope the camera serves you very well!
For bird photography, the Sigma is a decent budget alternative to the expensive brand lenses, of course. It is rather slow at the long end, so try to avoid dark environments. Remember to push that ISO as high as you need to – a grainy image is better than not having one at all.
Also, Sigma is known to have focus issues, so be careful with that – try to refocus a few times before taking the picture if you have the opportunity. Also check your lens for any front/back focus issues – you can find some tips on how to do it by following this link: http://photographylife.com/how-to-quickly-test-your-dslr-for-autofocus-issues
Finally, read an article Nasim has on Bird Photography if you haven’t yet: http://photographylife.com/how-to-photograph-birds
As for the tripod/monopod, I would strongly suggest one. Which one is best for you depends on how you shoot – if you prefer to camp and wait for birds to come to you and, say, use a special tent, then a tripod is the way to go. If you prefer to move around in search for your subjects, a monopod will be more versatile.
The focus ring might loosen up a little with time if you use it enough. If it really is too stiff, you may want to try another lens sample.
Hope you find my thoughts useful – good luck!
Thanks Roman for the advice. Will check out the links you included.
Hi Nasim, I am a beginner in Photography, and I won a sony DSC H-7. Now I think it is time to move on to a DSLR camera. Initially I thought to buy Nikon D3200 which is fairly in to my budget, but suddenly my eyes went on to D7000. I am very much impressed by its 39 auto focus points and its dual manual modes. Please suggest which would be the best for me as a first time SLR user.
The Nikon D3200 is probably going to be a good choice to start off with considering its an entry-level camera and more user friendly. The D7000 is also a good choice that includes presets for beginners but also allows you to use more professional level options. One thing you must consider is ” What purpose will you be using you camera and the seriousness you want to get into. There are rumors that the D7000 will be replaced very soon with an upgrade if you want to consider waiting. I have a Canon T3i and recently purchased the D7000 and dont regret it.
Hi Jerry, thanks a lot. I am not in to full time profession of Photography, I am doing it as a passion. So as you said D3200 would be a good choice. But now I am really confused that which lens should I go for? My intention is to have only one lens which covers all the situations. I will be doing a lot of landscape, wild life and bird Photography, very rarely portrait. So please suggest me one which.
I’m a nature and wildlife photographer. I own Nikon D300S which is a DX format camera. I’m planning to buy a FX format camera. I used your questionnaire and it suggested me D700 and D4. D4 is very expensive for me as of now, so I wanted to choose between the new D800 and D700. I would like to go for D800 as its new and it is replacing D700. Can you please suggest me on which FX camera should I buy considering Wildlife photography.
Thanks a lot.
Sir, the nikon has launched the d3200. is this better than the a65 sony. As per ur site i am being advised to go for Sony A65 according to my price range which has been declared good becos of the 24.3 mp sensor. now the Nikon has the same in D3200. so should i consider the d3200instead of the A65. i personaly do not like the color depth of sony
Hi Nasim, I have been going through your website for photography and your articles has given me immense idea about various aspects about photography. Your articles are very informative and a good learning space.
I have a question around using lens Hood. Will using lens Hood affect lighting in any way, why is a lens hood actually used? is it to prevent some sort of light shade in the pictures while light is coming at an angle? can you please share your thoughts on this
Sir, I have Nikon D7000 with two lenses- AF-S Nikkor 50mm F/1.8G for portrait, & AF-S VR Zoom -Nikkor70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED ,Now for Landscape photography I am intending to purchase AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR and for Micro photography– Tokina 100mm f/2.8D AT-X Pro 1 :1. I very humbly request you to guide me whether my selection is good or otherwise if it is not good choice, kindly intimate the correct lenses.
Thank you for the information you provide for people like me looking for understandable tips. I live primarily in Panama and began shooting tropical birds three years ago. I started with a D 300 and 70-200 F2.8 , 12 -24 F 2.8 and 105 F 2.8 . Soon realized the need for distance and bought 5oo f4 the longest i could hand hold and then 300 F 2.8 for lower light situations in the jungle. All are VR , purchased in the USA had the money and I wanted the best glass I could get. The DX factor of the D 300 helps with birds . I wanted a back up camera which would be better for night macro work and landscapes so I bought a D 700 , it has been in Panama with me for over a year. With Macro shots the camera is fantastic and I am trying my hand at Landscapes , but I always find myself hunting for different birds to shoot. After many days of using both cameras side by side I finally have given up on the D 700 on my 500 and 300 mm, it just does not produce as many photos in sharp focus that the D 300 does. I have tried to find a reason and after reading your tutorials thought maybe I had a Rear or front focus issue. Since the camera is now over one year old and I reside most of the time in Panama , I need to try and remedy this myself , if I can. I read your info on auto focus issues and your suggestion to ship camera and lenses back , this is not very practical from where I am. My D 300 will need to be updated soon and was hoping to buy something this year, not sure if a D 400, 800 or 4 is right for me but I am now leery of buying another Nikon camera which may not work. Is there something I can try to do by myself with the D 700 , I hear such great reviews for the camera and would like to fix it if possible. Please help if you can, Thanks,
I am new to cameras as of about three years ago. I own a D40 and the only reason I need to upgrade is to support my lenses. Otherwise, I could be happy with that camera’s features for many, many years. So, I’m looking to upgrade but when I did the quiz, I was led to D700 and D800, and those are too much camera for me. I’m interested in the D90, but, is that model discontinued? I have read great things about that one and even though that may be too much camera for me as well, it has the built in motor for focus that I need, and I seem to be finding that other upper/entry level models have been discontinued. If it’s really not around anymore, what models might be good to look at?
The D90 is a great option but the D7000 is an even better Deal. Both can be found at places such as Best Buy. I recommend you check out the D7000 considering its under $1000 right now for the body. It will definitely open a whole new world for you.
Thank you, I will check that one out!! I’m guessing the D7000 is the D90, but improved? Thanks again for the quick reply, much appreciated.
D7000 is actually a bit higher on the food chain than the D90. The D7000 body is part plastic and part magnesium, while the D90 is all plastic. Meanwhile the D300s is all magnesium. The D600 is similar to the D7000 in construction, but full frame.
I own a nikon-d5000 with a 18-105mm f/3.5.
Im pretty confudent about takin up street photography and wana equip myself.
The Lens which I have in mind is a tamaron 17-50 mm f/2.8 . Would you prescribe this lens?
Please give me some alternate options ?
Also i wana start wedding photography . Now that i have a 18-105 i thought just a 40mm f/2.8 or 50mm f/2.8 would be a better option , though 70-200 f2.8 may be handy on candids.
Please give me your valuable inputs.
Dear Nasim Congratulations – very friendly and helpful website indeed ! I am a semi-pro who specialises in internal architectural views for real estate agencies, with occasional external shots of gardens and landscaping. My Nikon D5100 has finally supplanted the D300 as chief workhorse, thanks to its excellent sensor and especially the moveable monitor. This helps for shooting in very tight corners like bathrooms etc. I set the tripod up right in the corner of the room and flip the monitor around 45° to compose – job done ! I use a Sigma 8-16 superwide on this camera which is a superb lens and the combination is deadly. But for my outside work I need to purchase a camera with a good bright viewfinder (can’t work with the monitor in bright sublight and the D5100 viewfinder sucks) so am pondering either D7000 (I have many old AIS lenses) or D90 which is older but still has great resolution like my D300. I’m limited for budget, so it’s either a new D90 0r 2nd hand D7000. QUESTION: I like the exposure meter of the D5100 but hear that the D7000 ain’t so great. So if I used centre-weighted instead of matrix mode, would that resolve the over-exposure problem you highlight in your review of the D7000 ?
I currently own a Nikon D90, Nikkor 50mm f1.8D, Tamron 60mm f.2 1:1 Macro and a Nikkor 55-200mm VR. What would you suggest on buying now? I do all sorts of photos but it’s just a hooby. On my website you can see what sorts of photos I take. Should i invest in a d7000 or some lenses? If yes, what lenses would you suggest?
Thank you, Ciubotaru Catalin http://myphotographywithjoy.com/
Hi Ciubo I did the entry above yours and am patiently awaiting a response from Nasim. Meanwhile I have gone ahead and purchased a new D90 just like you. I don’t think the D7000 is any much better, except for the AI manual lens aperture ring contact, and I don’t like the exposure meter. I have a load of lenses, old AIS manual telephotos, some AF-D lenses as well as three DX lenses (35mm f1.8, a 18-55 zoom and an 18-70 zoom) and the superb Sigma 8-16 superwide. You also have a great little set of excellent lenses, so rather than buy a new camera (the D90 is excellent), I would suggest purchasing a wideangle zoom lens such as the Tokina 12-24 which is a very good quality and well made lens, or maybe if you can afford the extra cash, the original Nikon 10-24 DX lens. Let us know what you decide !
Thank you very much Rupert. That’s what I was thinking, the main reason I would like d7000 is because of the best sensor there as they say and the much more focus points. But yea, I really need some wide-angle lens because a lot of times the 50mm is not enough. Also because I have a 50 and a 60 I was thinking of selling the 50mm. So you think the Tokina 12-24 is a good lens? I’m not one to pay alot for lenses since it’s all a hobby there there are no money coming from photography for me. Thank you for your advice :)
Catalin – you should be able to pick up a Tokina 12-24 f4 second hand for about 380 euros on eBay, but make sure it’s in good condition. Your website photos are beautiful ! I see much of your shots were made with the Nikkor 50mm f1.8 and the Tamron 60mm. Very nice indeed. You should keep these sharp prime lenses at all costs, but ADD a superwideangle to your set when you find the money. You’ll never find anything sharper than your 50mmm and 60mm primes.
Again, thank you very much Rupert. Yes, probably I would love having a super wide lens added to the collection, but since I am from România, there is no ebay here and equipment prices is way higher over here. Of course I can raise money for the Tokina in some time but is it really worth it? Does it have a offer a nice quality? Are there any cheaper alternatives? Thank you very much for your advice and for your time. Cătălin http://myphotographywithjoy.com
Ciao Catalin Tell me your budget and I’ll suggest the best alternative for a good wideangle lens. I see you have a Nikon D 3000 camera which you have made very good use of. Do you still have this camera as well as the D90 ? The D3000 needs a lens which has an inbuilt autofocus motor, while the D90 has its own AF motor so it can use the older Nikkkor AFD type lenses (which are VERY good quality indeed !). I think you can register on any eBay website from any country you choose. It doesn’t matter if Rumania hasn’t got a National eBay website server. All you need is a a credit card or debit card to register with PayPal and then you can bid on any lens you fancy and pay for it instantly with PayPal.
Yellow, I don’t have the D3000 anymore because I traded it for the D90. My budget would be maximum 300 euros. As for getting something from ebay it has a lot of taxes once it gets here. We have some biding sites here as well but with not that many products.
Thank you again! Cătălin http://myphotographywithjoy.com
It’s a pleasure to help you Catalin ! I’m in my mid sixties and at this age that’s where pleasure mostly comes from……ha ha ! I’ve checked eBay UK and you have these 2 choices (both lenses are VERY good quality) and the prices are the lowest you can find from reputable sellers :
Sigma EX 10-20mm f/4.0-5.6 HSM DC €341,59 + shipping
Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II 12-24mm f/4.0 €341,64 + shipping I guess shipping would cost between 20 to 30 euros to Rumania. It would be hard to find a superwide zoom any cheaper than that AND in good condition. I could help you make the purchase if you like. Think about it. I could do the bidding and initial purchase then have the lens delivered to you in Bucharest and then you reimburse me.
I also checked here and the price for that lens SecondHand is around 450 euro or so. Pretty expensive. From those 2 which one is better? And yes, it would be amazingly perfect(if that exists) if you could help me like that, that would save me some time and money and nerves as well :).
Again, and again, Thank you very much for all your help. Catalin http://myphotographywithjoy.com
Ok, all that is left now is to raise money, and then I will let you know so you can help me get some lens. Now how can we keep in touch besides comments here? :) There is a contact form on my website if you want where you can leave me an email.
Have a nice day, Ciubotaru Catalin http://myphotographywithjoy.com
Dear Catalin On second thoughts I prefer not to get involved in what could turn out to be a tricky and expensive operation for me ! So your best bet is to bid directly for the Tokina lens. I have found a pretty good deal for you on eBay Deutsch, a seller who I know is reliable from past experience, and the shipping cost of 10 euros is v.good. You don’t have to bid as it’s a BUY IT NOW sale, often the best way to purchase on eBay if you know the seller is reliable. Here’s the direct link to the lens on eBay: http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/380455737594
Good luck ! Rupert
I am in a funny situation. After clicking pictures from my cellphone :P I finally decided to buy an entry level DSLR. I researched on the net based on my budget ( unfortunately I had not discovered your site till then ) and came up with two options within my budget range:
1) Nikon 5100 2) Canon 550D
I read a lot of positive stuff about Nikon 5100 and went to the shop to buy it. But somehow the sales guy convinced me to buy a Canon 550D (silly of me).
Now I often find great professional photographers like you, with a Nikon, and I wonder, have I made a mistake?
Should I not buy any gear and think of changing ?
Should I stick with Canon and go ahead and buy gear?
I still think it’s the photographer not the camera that takes the photo. The Canon 550D is a good camera and since you bought it now, it’s not worth to sell it and change it for a Nikon. There will always be “fights” between canon and nikon fans but there still is no feature, no nothing that says one is better than the other. It only depends on what you feel more comfortable with. If you like to work with Canon (grip, menu etc) then stick to that and buy gear. If this was any help :).
First of let me tell you that I went through your website. Your work is amazing, and then, the reassurance coming from you about my camera certainly helps. Thank you :) Since I just leaped into photography, I am hoping that more dumb questions would occur in my mind. I will seek your help again. Thank you once again.
hello, thanks for yr guide of buying camera.. i own a nikon d5100 and want to upgrade one.. but i am confused between nikon d7000 and other semi-pro camera body… i am not a full time photographer but i have lot of interest and hobby of photography… i regularly read your website.. my budget is same around the price of d7000.. so kindly suggest me for the same…and i want to purchase macro lens for d5100… so please suggest this lens also with the budget around 550$.. thanks once again
I am looking to buy a camera basically for landscape,sports,wildlife and telephotos. Planning to go for a trip to Himalayas soon.I am planning to keep this camera at least for next 15 years. What is your recommended model.Also is full frame or APS-C better for my requirements.My budget is under $1500 although I would like to keep it under $1000.
Currently I have a Fujifilm FinePix S9600.I used to stitch photos to get better panoramic photos.Portraits are also better with this model.But I am limited with respect to night photography with this model if a moving object is involved.Can you please advice me.
Hello, you are right. It is better for you not to get involved. I saw that link but it doesn’t ship to România. Anyway I will get the lens from here probably after some time :-). Thank you very much for all your help. If you ever visit România let me know. Have a nice evening! http://myphotographywithjoy.com/
For my birthday I was offered a 10-day trip to Thailand next year. However, I am not yet sure about what gear to take with me. I don’t want to carry my entire bag (D700, 24-70mm f2.8G, 50mm f1.8G, SB-700 speedlight, tripod, vertical grip). For that trip to Thailand i was thinking about getting then Nikkon 70-300 f4.5-5.6 and take my 50mm for low light. I thought I would leave the 24-70mm at home (because of the weight). Do you think those two lenses would be a good combination? If not, what kind of lenses would you take ?
Thank you in advance for your help.
If you have the means, you could pick up the Nikkon FX 28-300 1:3.5-5.6 G. In my opinion, the perfect lens for travel, no switching, compact, and always ready for near or far (it’s always on my D700)
Thanks a lot Paolo, I’ll have a closer look at that lens
Looks like the optical quality of the 28-300 is not really up to my expectations.
I have one other question. What should I choose between Tokina 12-24 First batch at 300Euros, Tokina 12-24 f/4 at-x124 pro dx II at 450 euros or Tokina 11-16mm at 580 euros?
Thank you :D Catalin http://myphotographywithjoy.com
Hi Catalin From what I have read and heard, the Tokina 11-16 (first version) is THE top zoom lens for DX format – better even than the Nikon zooms. You don’t need the new version with inbuilt AF motor for your D90 – and first version costs less. Otherwise, for general photography, the lens I used was excellent (Tokina 12-24 first version) The newer versions of these lenses are exactly the same quality and resolution, but have inbuilt AF motors for Nikon D40-D5000 etc. So go for either of the first versions, depending on what your budget is. You won’t be disappointed !
The thing is that the money difference is pretty big. The 11-16 is twice the value of 12-24 first version. Does it worth that money or should I settle for the cheaper one?
Hello again Rupert,
After all I got the Tokina 11-16mm lens. I have to say it’s amazing. The new angle I have available is simply amazing. Not regreting buying it :D. It was 480 Euros Second Hand. Here are some photos if you want to see: http://myphotographywithjoy.com/
Have a nice day! Catalin
Hi Catalin – that’s great news ! You have the best wideangle for DX format now. I’ll check out your photo site to see the new pics Ciao Rupert
Hi Catalin Both lenses are very good quality. The 11-16 has a shorter zoom range, but opens up to f2.8 (brighter in the viewfinder and lower ISO), while the 12-24 is not so bright at f4 – but still constant throughout the zoom range. I was very happy with my 12-24, but for my work photographing tiny rooms I needed a much wider zoom and the Sigma 8- 16 was my only choice. But for general photography and landscapes, the 12-24 is ideal. Some might prefer the wider coverage of the Nikkor 10-24, but the cost is way too high and it doesn’t have a constant aperture range like the Tokina f4. It may be cheaper, but you still get superb quality for your money – and the feel of a solid Tokina lens gives you confidence that you are dealing with a serious pro lens. If you knock it or drop it (as I did once !) it will survive. Mine suffered no damage or misalignment whatsoever.
I have a D 300 which has been very reliable for my bird photography in Panama low light situations. I also own a D 700 and have used the camera for birds and the results are great for close situation with my 500 f4 and 300 f2.8 however with small birds under the canopy I need to crop pretty drastically at times. The crop mode of the d 700 hundred seems to lose alot of detail , possible because of pixels available in dx . My d 300 is getting a little beat up after three years in the jungle and I need a new horse which can shot in dx mode and have the ability to crop down images of some very small birds. I thought the d 800 would work with the high pixel count even in dx mode. Does this sound logical my use or should I wait for a D 400 or get another D 300 while they are available.? Your thoughts please. Speed is secondary to low light , cropping ability with fast autofocus. Thanks,
I own a Nikon d5100 with the kit lense. I want to get a new lense but I’m unsure what to get. I travel around a lot, and I can be anywhere from Rome to the middle of a rainforest in Thailand. I tend to be very active when abroad (hiking, kayaking, camping) and come upon spectacular views and animals or interesting colors. I don’t shoot a lot in low-light, so that’s not a factor in my decision. What I need is a good all-purpose lense that isn’t too expensive. $800 would be my limit. What would you recommend? Thanks, Kay
Thx for this wonderful website. This really helps. After a thorough research, I am thinking of purchasing a D5100 Nikon with the two lenses that comes as a bundle, but would appreciate your feedback. I am a first time DSLR user.
Can you tell me if $675 including all of these is a good deal: Nikon D5100 18-55 mm lens 55-200 mm lens 8 GB card bag
Also, is it better to go with a 55-300 mm lens instead of 55-200?
I would appreciate if you and others can reply to your earliest, as I have to decide by tomorrow as my coupon at staples expires tomorrow. Thank you very much
Also, how about a D5100 Nikon body only + Tamron 18-270 mm PZD lens
This is a wonderful website. I would appreciate some guidance here. I am planning to purchase my very first DSLR as Nikon D5100. I am confused in regards to the lenses. I want to have a lens that covers till the 300mm range, wondering if I should buy 2 (one that is 18 to ___ and the other that is __ to 300 or 270)….any suggestions pls?
Hello, just bought the Nikon D5100 + 18-55 mm lens for $440 including taxes from Staples last night. I think it is a great deal but want to see what others think of it. I am very new to DSLR, first DSLR that is….
I came across this article in my research and quite informative. i have been researching on the camera to purchase and i hope to take become professional but i am really just starting. i observe that some new cameras have been released after this article was first published. would this affect your recommendation? Also, i will love to be able to take 1080p video which the D7000 cannot, what will be a good nikon alternative?
i have D300S SLR CAMERA AND lenses
(1) 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
(2) 300mm f/4D IF-ED
(3) AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III.
recommend me good lens for short distance wide angle lens and super telephoto lens.
r u recommend to change my camera.
Hi Nasim, I am confused with Nikon D5100 With Sony A37….being a entry level guy i am totally confused to choose one among them….please help me out in suggesting……as far as my view is concerned i felt sony A 37 is good but ur reviews says Nikon D 5100 is good…
i currently own a Nikon D5000 and a variety of DX lens. I have been considering upgrading. My options are to either buy a D7000 or it’s replacement that is hopefully due out soon. This would make all of my lenses total compatible. Or Purchasing a D600 that would get me to an FX level sensor. Unfortunately I can not afford to upgrade lenses at this time. Do you think that using a D600 with DX lenses until i can afford new lenses is a good option or should I Just stick with the DX level until I can afford a total upgrade?
Hi Nasim, I want to upgrade my gear for wildlife & bird photography. Now I am using Canon 60D with Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 & Canon EF 70-200 f/4L lens. As I know, my gears are not sufficient for that kind of photography. Now, I am confused between two camera i.e, Canon EOS 7D & Nikon D600. You may be ask to me why Nikon ? as I already own a 60D & 70-200 f/4L & why choose the 2nd one is full frame. Because, 7D for it’s great focusing system, crop factor & higher frame rate & D600 for it’s low light performance & nice focusing system ( After read your review). Although, I am also familiar with Nikon because my first camera was Nikon D70s & my many friends are also using Nikon. So, Nikon lens are not bothering me initially. So, Nasim please help me to short out form this confusion, if Nikon is the answer then I have no problem switch back to Nikon.
I want to buy a DSLR somewhere in the range of 45,ooo-60,ooo INR.Canon looks to be the hot sell these days as it is there on about most of the site & discussion forums.My particular interest lies in doing portraits shoot.I searched through few blogs & sites for comparison purpose.I am slightly confused between Canon D550 & Canon D60,both from EOS module.Apart from fast shutter speed maximum shutter speed & avg speed (5.3 fps vs 3.7 fps) 60D is more alike same as 550D.What would be your choice for above said requirement ???
One more question about the lenses. Whether 18-55 IS is enough for portraits or it is 18-135 ???
Thank you for all of your info- I really appreciate the help, newsletters, etc. Only issue with the Purchase Guide- it has my brain’s camera-dreams on drool. Now if I can only hit the lotto…
Very informative advices. As a owner of a Nikon D2xs I feel it is time to opgrade. Even if I have used hours to collect information on this website, I am still not sure which camera would be best for me.I am considering D600 and D7100. My interest is photograping often small bird i rainforests where light i low. Another problem is, that it is not easy to come close to birds. So shall I choose D 600 FX for better ISO quality og D7100 DX with the crop factor. What is your recomendation? Thank you in advance for your reply. Per.
I am back in Panama and after giving up on my D 700 last year , I have brought my new D 800 and it is amazing me with the quality of my shots of small birds in dark areas. I would highly recommend this camera as long as your glass can do it justice. I have been shooting in the Darien area and now headed to mountains in western Panama. My D 300 is a back up but will never be used again . The cropping which is possible and the color that I can recover in lightroom is truly a joy to play with. I have 500mm F4 , and 300mm F2.8 with vr and only wish the lenses could weigh less. I do not use flash , so when I say dark areas , trust me. Only a monopod to help hold up the lens when waiting to shoot and when shooting when possible at slow shutter speed requirements. Good luck with your choice , I was in the rain all day with no problems , weather proofing is consideration with whatever choice you make. Best, Rick
Thank you Rick for your kind reply. However, there are a few things I have to consider. The first is a question of money. The second is my DX lenses. If I go for a full frame I can’t use my relative new DX lenses. Also the price for pro lenses that you have is too much for my budget right now. I have two middle class lenses that I use a lot.
Tamron AF 17-50mm 1:2.8 (IF) Aspherical LD XR Dill SP and Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD
The latter is easy to carry but an F4 would be better. I like these lenses.
Consequently, I am looking for the D600 FX, D800 FX or maybe I can settle with the new D7100 DX and the crop factor?
I don’t know if this is enough for crisp and detailed bird photography in low light?
I can see what your point is when you say you can crop a photo taken with the D800 without loosing much of the details (Small birds in low light).
Have a good time birding in Panama.
Best regards, Per Denmark
I like your website because you give correct information about cameras and lenses without any biased. I have Nikon D5100 from past 1 year. Now i have to take videos also for my professional work (Corporate profile video) which DSLR you suggest me. canon eos 6d and mark 2 & 3 are out my budget. Which one is good for movie shooting Canon t4i or sony nex 6 ? Please suggest me.
I have canon550D. In taking pictures in Aperture control mode for normal daylight photography, how much Fno. should I set?
one more thing Nasim…… in terms of histogram, for a good quality or a ideal picture, what should be the histogram? and if you please elaborate in this regard, like what is histogram and what use of it we can make in photography? how does tones corelate with a histogram? etc.
What do you think of the Canon D6 ?
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