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D5000 vs D60

aj thorn , Jun 05, 2009; 08:22 a.m.

Good Morning Everyone!
I am new to the dslr world. Ive mainly shot film on an early 70's Nikon (which I freaking love!!!) but now I feel its time to get with the times. (I also had access to a photo lab where I could devolpe and print my own pictures in their dark room, but no more... :*(
I want to stick w/ Nikon because it's what Ive always known. The lenses I have for my current Nikon are nothing special and should not be considered in your advice on which camera I should go with.
I am looking at the D60 and the D5000. I like the D90 but I think it will be too much $$ as I also need to pick up things like a tripod, bag, SD cards, etc. I want to stay around $1000 when its all said and done.
I usualy shot landscape but I also like to shot pics in the city or when Im out w/ friends, but have mainly used a point and shot in the past.
So I am here asking for advice, thoughts, comments between the two cameras (or even another camera I havent even though of!). Also if you could recomend good places to find good deals, it would be helpful!
Thanks in advance!!!


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Brian Duffy , Jun 05, 2009; 08:44 a.m.

I would lean toward the D5000, it has all the latest technology. I believe it has the D90 image sensor. I am getting it for my wife. I messed around with it at the camera store and found it to be pretty nice camera. I think the swivel screen will make getting some interesting angle to your shots possible. Plus video would be nice for those moments when you don't have your video camera.

Alvin Yap , Jun 05, 2009; 08:50 a.m.

Between the two? Hmm probably D5k, just because of the sensor tech. That said, consider the D90. In the long run, the AF drive and other features may be critical. I've only used the D40x, and honestly I think it's a great camera, but I did outgrow it quite fast.

Robbie Robertson , Jun 05, 2009; 09:59 a.m.

Yesterday someone asked me for a recommendation on a camera with stop-action capability. I confirmed the D60 had this capability and checked prices for the person asking about it. The D60 is cheaper. I also outgrew a D40X, but think this price point is a very good place to start out when you aren't sure if you'll catch the bug for this kind of hobby. If you do, great- I can think of worse things to suffer from than NAS.

Chad Mulcahy , Jun 05, 2009; 11:22 a.m.

D5000's are going for about $850 w/ a lens. D90's are going for about $1200 w/ a better lens. D60's are going for around $550 w/ one lens.

My personal opinion is if you have the $ to get a D5000...then get a D60 w/ two lenses. The lenses will make more of a difference in your photography then the D5000 ever will. A tripod and Flash would also be something to consider. If you have $1K to spend on camera equipment then with out a doubt your best option would be a D60, a couple lenses, and a tripod. The quality of your photography will surpass anyone using a D5000 w/ that 18-50mm kit lens.
I would never buy a D5000 for the simple fact that it can only use AF-S lenses. So I'd spend the extra $ on a D90 over a D5000. Not to mention the D90 has a better Hi Res LCD screen and a 2nd LCD on the top of the camera. (Features that I reall appreciate) To me the D5000 is a consumer camera w/ a bunch of gimmiks to attract the "techy" If Video is really important to you, then yea the D5000 is a good option. If photography is important to you then get the D60 and some quality lenses.
If your budget is closer to $2K then get the D90 kit w/ a second lens.

Brian Duffy , Jun 05, 2009; 11:28 a.m.

Just from the specs alone, the d5k has the upper hand in quite a few areas. 12mp vs 10mp, has 11 point AF system with 3d tracking vs 3 point, 4 fps vs 3 fps, HD video, one button Live view, ISO up to 3200 vs 1600, as well as many other in camera custom settings. And a slightly larger screen 2.7 inches vs 2.5 inches. I would be willing to bet good money that the d5k also has better noise control and image quality. I also forgot the swivle screen which will likely become a standand feature on all DSLRs in the future.

Chad Mulcahy , Jun 05, 2009; 11:31 a.m.

As for where you should buy your camera..... Go to a local camera shop. Make sure they are an authorized Nikon dealer and buy it there. You might spend another $25-50 on that camera at a local store but you'll think nothing of that extra $ if anything goes wrong w/ your camera or you need a little personal assistance on any of the equipment. (like how to use all the features or what ever)

If everyone buys on line - then the local shops will go away..... then good luck being able to find a place were you can actually touch the camera you are thinking of buying.
The big box stores offer ZERO service and if anything goes wrong w/ your camera after the 14 day return policy good luck. That's why I support local guys as much as I can. Plus the $ stays in your community which these days means something to everyone.

I'll use B&H from time to time if I'm looking for something that's hard to find or the local guy can't get. I'd say B&H is the best online dealer. I hear adorama is pretty good to. Don't forget the used market either. Ive bought some great used lenses using EBAY.

Brian Duffy , Jun 05, 2009; 11:32 a.m.

I would agree that the lenses play a huge role in the quality of the pictures, but for the price range difference we are talking about here they won't make that much difference. I would rather have a better body with one cheap lens than a lower quality body and 2 cheap lenses.

Chad Mulcahy , Jun 05, 2009; 11:34 a.m.

Brain all those things are true, but I'm willing to bet if you spent that money on glass rather then the D5K you will see better results w/ a D60.

Chad Mulcahy , Jun 05, 2009; 11:39 a.m.

There are plenty of "cheap" lenses that will blow away any kit lens.
for example:
50mm 1.4
35mm 1.8
17-50mm 2.8 Tamron
10-20mm Sigma
I'm sure the people here could list dozens of GREAT lens options for under $500.

You could probably list 50 different lens options

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