What camera should I get?

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I know there's an obvious answer I just don't know much about cameras. I'm a family photographer the company I work for provides us with Nikon 3100's and they seem to do the job just fine. I purchased a 35mm lens which definitely made my pictures look a whole lot better but I want to upgrade. I'm looking at a used D90 because I can get it for $300 but then I can also get a used D7000 for about $450. Is there really a huge difference in image quality for what I'm doing between those two? All my photos are on the beach and we do anything from 1-40 people shoots.
 
The d7000 is probably a bit better, I've used it and like it, but the d90 is nearly as good and if you are using it in good light probably you won't see a difference between both. However in poor light the d7000 is better. Get what you can afford, you won't be disappointed with either
 
Sounds good. Thank you! I also have a 50mm 1.8d. Will that auto focus on the D90?
 
D7000 has better AF system and better low light performance, I would recommend getting the D7000 over the D90.
 
Sounds good. Thank you! I also have a 50mm 1.8d. Will that auto focus on the D90?

The 50 1.8D requires a body with an AF motor such as a D90 or D7000. D3xxx and d5xxx do not have a built in AF motor, it will mount and work like any other lens but it will be manual focus only.
 
Thank you for all the answers it helps a ton. Last question. Will the D90 peform as well or better than the 3100 in low light? I usually never shoot in low light just some nights I get conpletely booked up and I have to shoot after sunset and if there's an overcast it gets pretty dark.
 
Well I just said screw it and spent the extra $100 to get the 7000. Got it on Amazon for $425 with two day shipping. I hope it's real. Lol
 
Good price for a nice camera. Enjoy
 
Well I just said screw it and spent the extra $100 to get the 7000. Got it on Amazon for $425 with two day shipping. I hope it's real. Lol
Excellent choice, good luck and enjoy your new camera!
 
How necessary are external flashes?

Only necessary if you use them.
So true :)
In some situations Flash is worth its weight in gold but you might not be in such situation and also you need to know how to use a flash because using it wrong and it can make for even worst results then not using it in the first place.
 
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If you work mostly on the beach, with lots of sand in the air, durability becomes an important factor. I am not a specialist in this field, but I have read that tiny particles of sand, that we do not even notice on the beach, can kill some cameras in no time. You should research this before committing.
 

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