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  1. Bram

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    Alright first off i'd like to apologize to the readers of this thread. I myself know how frustrating it can be when a newbie comes on the forum and starts a thread: "Which camera should I get? I have no budget blah blah blah".
    Sorry, i'm no longer a newbie I believe i'm just in a pickle! Alright so I have looked at both the D90 and the D200, now I am having some trouble deciding which one I would like to be the successor to my D40x. Don't get me wrong I love my D40x, I would like to upgrade because I will be going to school full time and i'm taking a few photography courses on the side. Now, I have looked up both on craigslist and I found both for under $800.00 considering the D90 body only deal here in Canada is $849.00 I think it's a decent price. Now for what i'll be shooting: sports, portraits, a little close up persay so ISO levels would be nice, i'd like the FPS to exceed my D40x by at least 1.5 more frames. I know the D90 has 4.5 which is nice while the D200 has 5.0, is it really that big of a difference. I would just like opinions from people who have had experience with either camera or even both, I would definately appreciate input from some of my fav supporters (the guys that comment on my threads the most, don't worry I don't have fans).

    Thanks in advance
     
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    Do you have a car you can sell? That might help you raise some funds, and you could get some great street shots while riding public transit. :D
     
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    And this comment is supposed to be in relation to..?
     
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    Scatterbrained Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Just ribbin ya. You know, sell the car, buy a pro body and be done with it. :D
     
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    Then what? How will I get to work? Public transit?

    Come one man I was looking for some input and advice on the cameras not about selling my car and getting a pro body.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How about getting a new 80-200mm f/2.8 instead of a different body? Sell the telephoto zoom lens you have + the amount of money you set aside for the new body may equal to that fast telephoto lens.

    or maybe a used one.
     
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    I can't sell that lens it was a gift. So I went to the next best thing and that was body, I just wanted to see which one would be the better successor to my D40x.
     
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    wow....seems like some tension in here.

    I say buy the D90. A friend had a D90, bought a D200. He shot more with the D90 than with the D200. There were a few features he preferred in the D200 (I'm thinking wider range in bracket?), but for everday stuff, he stuck with his D90.

    If you were going for a D300 or D300s, it would be a different story

    He has since bought a D700 and sold his D90, no looking back.

    Either one will be an upgrade for you, so pick one and go with it.
     
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    Thanks bigtwinky, you're the first one to actually have some input and advice, thanks alot. As of right now I can't afford to spend over $1000.00 on anything rigth now except maybe save for a new car, the car I got now wil get me from A to B but barely so, the passion I have for photography is driving me to upgrae and put more money into that then my car. :lol: Oh well!
     
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    Question for you, are you looking for better photo quality for Sports and Portrait photography?

    I strongly believe you may not see much different if you just upgrade the camera body with your existing lenses.

    When I upgraded my camera body from Canon XTi to 40D, I was going after the spot meter, camera size, top display with buttons and dual wheels. Not image quality because I know it is going to be the same (most of the time).


    So think about what is the main purpose for the upgrade. I am not saying camera upgrade is a bad idea, but sometimes lens is also important.

    D300 + kit zoom lens
    D40x + 80-200mm f/2.8 lens

    If I am going after the image quality, I think I will choose the D40X setup.
    Hope that make sense.
     
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    Tell the person that bought it for you to buy you a better lens next time, then. That way, when you do have a 70-200 f/2.8, you won't have the old lens as a paper weight because some one bought it as a gift. :meh:
     
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    That definately puts everything into a better perspective. Thanks Dao, i'm looking for that sports photo that says: wow!~, that's a nice photo you know? I mean people say that about some of the ones I got but I mean that's just timing with the crop and the zoom range of the 200mm lens I got now just isn't sharp or close enough for the photos, I mean if i'm shootign a football game under soft light and low light conditions I agree the 2.8 glass would solve that issue alone, I would also need a 300mm or higher to get that good shot.
     

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