Advise for beginner looking at the D60

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  1. spinxy

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    Hi all,

    I'm trying to decide which Body to buy first, i understand that the D40 isn't compatible with a lot of good lenses, so uptill now have been looking at going for the D80, however now the D60 is here and at a good price!

    firstly i would like to use the camera for basic photo's in clubs of people for a small event's photography company,
    secondly i have interest's in fashion/glamour photography which i would like to take up as a hobby.

    could you advice me on the best body, lense and flash. i'm willing to up my price for considerable difference but will like to keep it low for now incase none of the above happens.

    Thanks for your help
     
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    Decisions, decisions, decisions...

    First, pretty much ALL Nikon lenses work with the D40 but some will not autofocus. Do you know for fact which lenses you want or is your concern a matter of principle?

    Second, the D60 may have the same limitation. I don't know for certain.

    Third, are you certain about your photographic future? (Do you have any photography background on which to base your decisions?)

    Fourth, I would fully expect another price decrease for the D80 soon. Wait a bit and think about the D80.
     
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    I'd just go with the D80. The D60 is basically the same as the D40x, which was really not any better than and in some ways worse than the D40 which was $200 cheaper. If you think this is going to be more serious and beyond just a hobby, definitely go with the D80. It's a great camera.
     
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    That's the biggie and I pretty much agree with you. Unfortunately, many persons at the beginning stages of any hobby really don't know for certain.
     
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    save your money and get the D40
     
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    I started off with the D50. If you feel that the D40 or the D60 are not going to benifit you then dont waste your money, cause your not going to be happy. Try to find a used D50 or a D80. I have just purchased a D80 and couldnt be happier. These cameras arent cheap so when you make your decision make sure its what you want.
     
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    Buy one of each!

    :D Actually, I've just recently gone through the "which body" decision making stage. I finally decided to go bigger with the D80 or D200 (in the end the D80 was what I could afford). I made my decision based on the fact that I know I'll want to grow in this hobby as my career is soon to be graphic design.

    I think it all depends on how far you think you'll want to go in the hobby (as the other replies have mentioned).
     
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    I agree with others. The D80 is a perfect entry camera - it is quite a bit more functional than the D50/40 but isn't intimidatingly so. It's been out over a year, so being able to get it for 600-700 bucks shouldn't be a problem.
     
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    The D40x and D60 are perfectly capable of Professional results. That said, spending more generally gets you more with Nikon.
     
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    Not the D40???

    Dang, I don't know why I keep browsing these forums :confused:, One moment I know exactly what I'm going to purchase, have a plan laid out, and then read this thread and start second guessing myself... great...
     
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    Personally, given the choice between the D40, D40x and D60 I would take the D40 hands down.

    It has less noise at high ISO than the D40x, a faster sync speed and it is MUCH cheaper.

    The stuff added to the D60 is stuff I don't care about.

    Having said all this, I would 100 times more prefer the D80 for just a few more dollars.
     
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    The D60 is really a bit of a "whee look at me" camera. It has the same body as the D40 and D40x (so the same lens limitations), but has 10 megapixels, vibration reduction, sensor cleaning, and active D-lighting (it has a similar effect to HDR, but not as pronounced).

    Basically, they're all gimmicks. Sure, sensor cleaning and VR is a plus, but so long as you have a tripod and a blower, you'll be fine. D-lighting is avaliable on the other cameras (just not AS you take the photo), and come on... stop motion movies???

    I would personally go for the 2 ends of the range, depending on what you do. Either go for the D40: The noise is very low, image quality is very high, and it's about as cheap as it gets. The 6-megapixel sensor, despite my original worries, can still create fantastic prints up to A3.

    Or, of course, go with the D80. It's much more of a professional camera, so if you're thinking of going somewhere with your photography, this is the one. Yet again, noise and quality are superb, and the starter lenses it comes with are much better.

    Just my 2c.
     

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