Time for an upgrade

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  1. biancarose

    biancarose TPF Noob!

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    I got a really nice grant at school this coming semester, and I want to upgrade my camera. I currently
    have a Nikon D40. I would really like some advice on what camera to upgrade too. I would probably
    like to get a lense as well. I have about 1000 to spend.
    Any suggestions?
    I was thinking about getting the D90. I have heard that it is a great camera. Any thoughts on that?
    I really want to research this, and make sure I am getting a camera that I can hold on to for
    atleast a couple years while I grow more as a photographer.
    Just for a bit of info on my photography, I take mostly concert pictures, low lights or sometimes a lot
    of pyro action (yea pyro) lol. A lot of the bands I shoot are like crazy animals on the stage, they
    dont stand still and they rock out, so I need something to keep up.
     
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    PhotoXopher TPF Noob!

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    The D90 would be an excellent choice in my opinion since it's within your budget and has excellent high ISO performance not to mention all the control you'd need (plus video and Live View).

    Maybe pick up a Nikon 35-70 f/2.8 or 50mm f/1.8 to shoot with indoors since since the D90 will auto focus those lenses.
     
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    biancarose TPF Noob!

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    I see on Adorama, I can get a refurbished by Nikon D90 for 769.95

    NE thoughts on the whole refurbished thing? I would assume it is a good working camera as well.
     
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    Refurbs are great. Never heard anything go wrong with one.
     
  5. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    As long as you get a warranty and such with it in case the refurbrishing didn't work properly, then its all good :)

    I've purchased non-photo refurbrished electronics and never had an issue
     
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    Refurbs have a lower chance of being problematic since each one is individually gone through and checked out.
     
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    I'd just spend the money on lenses. Later on you can upgrade, but lenses come before bodies (as long as you have one camera, at least).

    Are you ever going to go full frame? Otherwise, the 35mm f/1.8 is a great lens for the D40. What are your current lenses?
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    A factory refurb should not be too much of a concern. They have gone through all the 29 point inspections (isn't that what CarMax advertises?) You should still get the one year warranty. If purchased through Adorama, B&H or other reputable dealers, then it should be fine.
     
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    The D90 is a great choice and I've purchased factory refurbs before and will do so again in the future. They're as good as new and the price simply can't be beat.
     
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    biancarose TPF Noob!

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    I of course want to get more lenses, but right now if I buy a lense, I have to get an AFS lense because of the D40 situation. I figured in the long run it would be cheaper to upgrade.

    The lenses I have at the moment are the Nikon 18-55 and the Nikon 55-200
     
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    You can still get non AF-S lenses, you'll just need to manually focus them.

    But... I still say upgrade the body, it's what I did and I couldn't be happier - I just took the long road (D40-D80-D200-D90).
     

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