D90 or D5000

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  1. califlipinfornia

    califlipinfornia TPF Noob!

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    Now yes, I understand, the two are not in the same price range and it is clear the d90 is a better camera than the d5000. My question is, is it worth the extra 200? I'm planning on upgrading from a d40 and am only going to buy a new body. I currently have a 18-55 VR and a 10.5 fisheye. From the small bits and pieces I've read, it seems that the differences between the two cameras are: Body structure, and internal motors. I'm sure there are many other important differences so if someone could explain them, that would be phenomenal.

    Now the internal motors arn't really all that big of a deal to me. The 18-55 dosn't need them and AF isn't all that important to me on the fisheye. However, if internal motors do make a large difference in the future, someone let me know.

    It seems as though the only thing the d5000 has over the d90 is the flip out screen. From first glance it seems like a cool gadget but I'm contemplating on how much it will help. If some d5000 users could help me out here, it'd be much appreciated.

    I'm guessing If I went with the d5000, I'd have an extra say 200 to pick up a SB-600. However, I've also heard the movie function on the d5000 is a reduced form of the d90's. That's a little dishearting to hear as I will be using the D-Movie quite a bit.

    Thanks in advanced

    -Brandon Baik
     
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    Well if your upgrading from the D90, i dont think the d90 would be the best idea
     
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    califlipinfornia TPF Noob!

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    :lol: Just caught that. Meant d40
     
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    eric-holmes No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    D90

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    But seriously, I decided on it and I am glad I did. Well worth the extra $$$.
     
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    D90!
     
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    D90....I couldn't do half of what I do with photography with a D5000 unless I spent the difference in price on an SU-800 for the D5000. Commander mode for the flash is in itself enough for me to go D90.
     
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    Get the D90. little things like longer battery life, separate aperture and shutter dials, ability to control external flashes, I think the d90 can do mirror lockup. Its alot of small stuff but if you are used to a SLR you'll probably be happier with the D90.
     
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    I was in the same situation with you, honestly spend some extra dough and go for the D90. I dont regret I made that decision.

    The Two major decision points that made me choose the D90 over the D5000 are:

    1. The D5000 does not have an internal autofocus motor, this limits the range of lenses you can autofocus with and basically you can't autofocus many older lenses on the body. If you ever want the Nikon 50mm 1.8D for 100$ it cant autofocus on your D5000, if you really dont need the internal autofocus motor then go with the D5000.

    2. External Buttons- I picked up the D90 and the external buttons really changed it for me, you can really switch settings quicker and easier.

    Honestly, I dont care about the "flip around" screen. Its a marketing ploy to get to your average consumer that will say "COOL I WANT ONE!". I would rarley use it but then again its all preference.

    The SB-600 is a good investment though, if you pick up the D5000 you might be happy you had the cash for a SB-600.

    Good Luck. :D
     
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    I like the flip screen for no other reason than I can close it with the screen in and totally off. IMO its safer and uses less battery.
     
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    Any camera without a focus motor is not worth your time UNLESS you have budgetary constraints. The sub-bodies (even the D90) can be quite limiting, but the D90 level is a good compromise and an excellent camera overall.
     

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