Nikon D90 VS D5000

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  1. BOOSTED

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    Well since my last thread went to the crap shack I had to make another. I am looking at the 18-105mm lens kits. Just wanted to know is the D90 worth the $300 difference. Or perhaps is their a Canon model I should look into
     
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    D90 and don't look back.
     
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    I had that same question, and it lasted only about a day.
    The D90 is the superior camera and I knew I would kick myself for not shelling out the couple extra bills to get it, and then try and upgrade later on.
     
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    Your other thread did go downhill quickly! :lol: Good thing you narrowed it down and started another thread. I didn't like the swivel screen on the D5000, reminded me of a Sony Handycam too much. Others have recommended it and so will I...Get the D90 if you can afford it. Try to find a used or buy refurbished. New retail after taxes will set you back $1200+ with the 18-105 kit lens. As I said in the other thread, I got mine from Adorama and I have to say the gentleman named "Fred" who helped me was very nice. Good luck man.
     
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    D90 all the way!
     
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    To be completely informed, I tried to read your other post. Gave up. Too much.

    I have a D40. I am so happy with it. The only gripes I have is that there is no in-body focus motor and pretty poor high ISO performance. Ok, by high ISO, I mean 800 and above. So, in reference to your choice, the main difference (I realize there are many) is the lack of in-body focus motor in the D5000(if I'm not mistaken). Granted, not a big deal when you are just starting out, but once you start seeing some people's pictures with a 50mm 1.8 (which could be a very easy 2nd lens @ $100) you'll be wishing you had a motor in your camera body. Just another point to consider.
     
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    As my first DSLR I purchased the D5000 with the 18-200 lens. I figured the D90 was much more advanced and I didn't need the added features.

    I love my camera, and I have taken many pictures that I am very happy with. I still have a lot to learn and grow though..... However, I wish I would have understood the in-body focus motor. As others have said, there are many lenses you will want that don't have the AF-S. You will be forced to spend much more money for a lens that has a built in motor.

    I find the tilting LCD helpful at times, but most of the time, I frame with the viewfinder. From what I understand, they both have a version of the same sensor, so picture quality is similar.

    The D90 has more focus points, and should focus faster with all types of lenses. I believe it may also have a commander mode for off camera flashes (something I am going to look into next). There is also a depth of field preview button and more direct control of camera settings with dedicated buttons, switches, etc.

    Overall, I am not looking to upgrade my body at this time. I can still grow with what I have. I am no professional, just like to have fun on the weekends with my camera. The D5000 is a great camera, but if I had to do it all over again, I would probably get the D90. Hope this helps. Both are great cameras. Get something and start shooting and enjoy the sport, and worry less about the equipment.

    -Andy
     
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    D90 is a superior camera, and the monitor on the top is a huge help for on the go changes to the setting!!!!! go with the D90, its a far better camera
     
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    +1 on the "monitor on top".
     
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    No I searched went through 14 pages of results nothing about these 2 cameras in one thread.

    On a local forum a person told me the only differences are:

    -No top LCD display on D5000.
    -No secondary (front) scroll wheel on D5000.
    -no articulating LCD screen on D90.


    True?
     

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