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Currently i have a Nikon D3000 with the 18-55mm VR Kit lens, a 35m f/1.8 prime, and an older 50mm f/1.8 prime. For some time i have wanted to get a longer lens/newer camera.

My current plan is to get a Nikon D5100 with a 55-200mm VR lens. B&H has a combo deal on these, so i can get both for $750, which is the list price for the D5100 by itself

My D3000 is still in excellent condition, so with the two batteries and charger, i should be able to sell it for $250 or so, which will help recoup the cost.

Should i go for it?
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Go for it. Upgrading is always a good thing.
 
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One question needs to be answered: Why upgrade? If it's because you simply want something new, I'd hold off on upgrading until you actually need to. New things always come out, prices for bodies always drop. Chances are if you hold out until you actually need an upgrade, you can get much more for your buck then.
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One question needs to be answered: Why upgrade? If it's because you simply want something new, I'd hold off on upgrading until you actually need to. New things always come out, prices for bodies always drop. Chances are if you hold out until you actually need an upgrade, you can get much more for your buck then.
Well i have several answers.

1. I need something to record HD video. My family has plenty of PaS cameras that should be capable of HD video recording, but it wasn't a big thing when we bought them so they are not capable of doing so. I originally wanted to start off with something a little better than 10MP anyway, and 16 is a nice upgrade there, plus I'm not buying a separate HD video camera.

2. There's always that shot that 55mm just isn't long enough to get. I.E. I was in Glacier national park several weeks ago, and there was much wildlife that I would like to have gotten pictures of, but 55mm just wasn't going to cut it. I want to be prepared next time I'm in that situation.
Plus getting new equipment will open up more options for shooting things I see everyday....

Those good enough for you?
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Well i have several answers.

1. I need something to record HD video. My family has plenty of PaS cameras that should be capable of HD video recording, but it wasn't a big thing when we bought them so they are not capable of doing so. I originally wanted to start off with something a little better than 10MP anyway, and 16 is a nice upgrade there, plus I'm not buying a separate HD video camera.

2. There's always that shot that 55mm just isn't long enough to get. I.E. I was in Glacier national park several weeks ago, and there was much wildlife that I would like to have gotten pictures of, but 55mm just wasn't going to cut it. I want to be prepared next time I'm in that situation.
Plus getting new equipment will open up more options for shooting things I see everyday....

Those good enough for you?
Just a cautionary piece of advice more than anything.

Both pieces of equipment should serve you well. If you want, you can probably find them for cheap on sites that buy/sell used camera equipment, like F&M or KEH.
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Just a cautionary piece of advice more than anything.

Both pieces of equipment should serve you well. If you want, you can probably find them for cheap on sites that buy/sell used camera equipment, like F&M or KEH.
I have the money, so I'd rather buy them new and not have to worry about anything being broken when it gets here. I'll just have to figure out how to recoup the total cost as I'm also trying to save a little for school. Ive got too many things I'm procrastinating on lol. time to get something done!

Ok, I'm gonna bite the so-called "Bullet"!
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If you are going spend that much might as well bite the bullet and get the d7000. The step from a d3000 to d5100 isn't imo worth the price. Also video on dslr isn't like videos on ps or camcorder, af is realistically non-existent for video.
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The D5100 uses the same sensor as the D7000, and can record video at a faster frame-rate than it....... I realise that AF is different on this type of camera, but HD video on a point+shoot camera is still subject to lots of compression (therefore bad IQ)....

Edit: besides, i already put the order in......
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The D5100 uses the same sensor as the D7000, and can record video at a faster frame-rate than it....... I realise that AF is different on this type of camera, but HD video on a point+shoot camera is still subject to lots of compression (therefore bad IQ)....

Edit: besides, i already put the order in......
Not necessarily the same camera though. Both have the same sensor, but the D7k has a larger, pentaprism viewfinder, more AF points, all cross-type AF points IIRC, faster burst rate, weather sealing, better ergonomics/controls, dual card slots, and a built in AF motor. It's a classic comparison of an entry level camera to a semi-pro camera.

Don't get me wrong, the D5100 is a great camera, but mz-n10 is right in suggesting that the D7000 is a superior one.

He's also right in suggesting that AF is nonexistent for DSLR videos. Video on a DSLR is definitely better, esp when paired with a prime lens with a large aperture, but you're going to be manually focusing with a DSLR. It's not that a DSLR has "different" AF than a point and shoot or camcorder; it's practically nonexistent.
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Not necessarily the same camera though. Both have the same sensor, but the D7k has a larger, pentaprism viewfinder, more AF points, all cross-type AF points IIRC, faster burst rate, weather sealing, better ergonomics/controls, dual card slots, and a built in AF motor. It's a classic comparison of an entry level camera to a semi-pro camera.

Don't get me wrong, the D5100 is a great camera, but mz-n10 is right in suggesting that the D7000 is a superior one.

He's also right in suggesting that AF is nonexistent for DSLR videos. Video on a DSLR is definitely better, esp when paired with a prime lens with a large aperture, but you're going to be manually focusing with a DSLR. It's not that a DSLR has "different" AF than a point and shoot or camcorder; it's practically nonexistent.
QFT Nemesis. No point in going from one entry level body to another. Might as well go to the next tier. The D7000 is worth every penny, especially if it's not much more.
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