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|03-05-2013 12:18 PM|
|sde780||Thumb down for cameta camera...after waiting over a week it turns out they required 21+ signature AND restricted delivery to only me...I have to refuse shipment and they'll resend without 21+ signature. This means the whole ordeal would take close to 3 weeks, what a crappy ordeal. I requested a refund instead, the CSR's I talked to pretty much told me tough luck.|
|02-25-2013 04:39 PM|
|02-25-2013 12:30 PM|
Now, I think in principle we agree more than we disagree, because as you alluded to there are benefits to higher end bodies that even newbies should consider. I think the D5100 is a more versatile body than the D3100 mainly due to the swivel screen, which allows you to shoot video or stills high in crowds or close to the ground with a monopod + remote release. But otherwise besides the slightly better sensor and processing ability (14-bit versus 12-bit) there's not much to talk about.
In any case, it's amazing what a $280 body can do nowadays. If you can't get a good image with the D3100, just remember, it's not the camera's fault.
|02-25-2013 10:35 AM|
|02-25-2013 10:12 AM|
Had this ordered, but then saw a refurb 5100 for around $150 - $200 more (came with lens as well)..This should be a nice upgrade to my d50.
|02-25-2013 10:08 AM|
|sde780||LOL @ camera snobs...this will be perfect for someone looking to get into the photography game. I downgraded from a D80 and look forward to the 1080p video recording and improved features.|
|02-25-2013 07:50 AM|
|WMP9||Man this seems like a good deal, with a year warranty what risks does 1 take buying a refurbished body? Would the warrant come from Nikon or Cameta?|
|02-25-2013 04:22 AM|
|penniewise||The kit 18-55mm is not a low quality lens in IQ. It is very inexpensive with plastic mount and build, but its IQ ranks among Nikon's best. The Nikon Dxxxx line are all "entry level" cameras, get the D7000 it has the most advanced features to grow with in the Nikon entry level camera body lineup.|
|02-25-2013 04:02 AM|
The body can absolutely limit the potential of the glass. In the general consumer lens range, you may not see the limitation. As you go up the range, the same lens will not give you the same image as on a higher end body. Granted, entry level cameras have gotten a lot better over the years and the difference is less noticeable and the gap is smaller, but the issue will still remain. You can take an extreme example like grabbing a high end Nikkor and slapping it on a D3xxx and on a D300. That picture won't look the same in terms of the details captured.
That being said, it's not that the 3xxx series are bad cameras, but I would recommend spending a little extra in getting a 5xxx series for the extra features to grow into, especially if that price difference is small. It's still a fairly new-user friendly camera and gets you in the mode of preparing for something a bit higher end. The 3xxx line will probably do a good job at getting the basics down, however doesn't do much to prepare you for that next body.
|02-25-2013 01:04 AM|
Here's a useful tip that is never mentioned in a spec sheet - go to a store and hold one. The D3100 is a small body, and not very comfortable for people with big hands. You may want to buy a larger body (D5100, D7000, or a used older body) on comfort and handling alone.
|02-24-2013 05:01 PM|
|sde780||In for one...D80 shutter broke at 12,000 actuations, plus I like the 1080p video capabilities of this camera.|
|02-24-2013 04:35 PM|
Awesome advice, what I am going to try to do now is try to find a deal on a 5100. Thanks a lot for all the guys that chimed in too.
|02-24-2013 04:13 PM|
Also, I would not really want to pair a 3xxx camera with anything beyond just the standard kit lenses or lower end consumer grade lenses. Anything more than that and you're getting into the realm where the camera body is limiting the lens.
To be honest though, someone who is just getting into photography should look into getting either an inexpensive used body (can go much higher end for little money) or any of the higher end point and shoots that feature a lot of manual control. I started out with a Canon SX10, moved to a D50 (which was an entry level Nikon that had some carry over "pro" features from the D70), and now a D7000. The SX taught me all of the things I needed to learn about manual adjustments without having to worry about changing lenses, the D50 introduced me a wide range of lenses (it could also AF more lenses than the 3xxx/5xxx can), and the D7000 is what I use on a regular basis.
The D3xxx camera is a good buy for anyone who wants a good entry level DSLR for taking casual pictures. However, if you are getting into photography and are serious about it, I'd start one step up. You'll likely wind up there anyway, so grab a mid-range consumer body, stay with it for longer, and use it to work towards the more expensive (and higher end) bodies.
Cameta is also a reputable retailer, so you should be just fine.
|02-24-2013 01:39 PM|
|Gonzo122||I have a d40 that has a sticky shutter button, and is basically falling apart will my stock lens and zoom lens work with this body? Also is this a grey item, with a murky warranty?|
|02-24-2013 11:55 AM|
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