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Hello everyone,
I am getting back into photography and thought that I would inquire on here and try to get some opinions. I have been reading around the internet and have narrowed my choices a bit but would like further input. If you have any suggestions other then the ones I listed then please share! So currently I have a Nikon D40, with the 15-55mm AF-S lens and the 55-200 VR lens; I don't really want to switch brands and have to get re-buy lens's. I am leaning towards the D5100 but was curious if there are any real world advantages to the D5200. I can get the D5100 for around 750 with a 18-55 VR and a 55-200VR. The price breakdown seems like it will be a relatively cheap upgrade if I sell the new 55-200 VR lens, and the D40 with the old 18-55 non VR lens. Possibly I could only have to pay around $300.

I don't know if this really matters but the things the I like to take photos of are intercity night photos, stars, Shadows, and some macro. I know I'll need to take portraits but I'm not particularly concerned with that.

I know that really anything I buy will be a great improvement over my D40 but I was wondering if anyone has experience and has had any shortcomings with this camera. If you think that another camera is a better deal or think that I should consider something else then please let me know. Thanks!

Thomas
post #2 of 14
What do you find your D40 can't do that you would like? The D5100 is a good step-up option, but remember D7000s are also getting blown out of the water with price reductions because the D7100 has been released.
post #3 of 14
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What started my wanting a new camera was I took it out to shoot my buddy doing some snowboard tricks and was pretty disappointed in the FPS burst mode was able to achieve. I know the 5100 doesn't have a really fast burst mode but its much faster then the 2.5 my d40 gets. I like the idea of liveview but I'm not sure if it will just be a cheeky idea once I use it more. I've shot some macro and found that it helped out quite a lot. I would like to have the ability to shoot movies, but I don't really want to spend a whole lot of money for this feature because I don't think it will be used very much.

I think the d7000 will be a little bit out of budget, what does it have that the d5100 doesn't and would it be worth saving for a little while to get the features?
post #4 of 14
If you're looking for burst framerate, you might even want to have a look into the D300 with a grip. 8fps is about as good as you'll get in DX, and the D7000 has a small buffer and slower framerate. That being said, the D7000/D5100 have better sensors, but the D300 is more sports-oriented.
post #5 of 14
Hohoho, the 5200 is huge upgrade from 5100. 5fps up from 4fps
Caches even on the 3100 is large enough to burst many shots so i'm confident the 5200 has a huge cache
Although if you don't need 24.1mpixels and certainly dont need the stupid rotating screen (Me and my dad are huge haters of rotating screens) and can afford the D7000 after the recent price cuts, get it. 16.2mpixels is godly enough tongue.gif
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I wouldn't call the buffer in the D5200 huge (8 RAW, 35 JPEG).
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Everything that I have read comparing the d5100 and d5200 says that there is no real 'huge' upgrade from one to the other. There is a 25% increase in frames/sec in burst mode, but the extra megapixels is not really a real world gain from what I have seen. I would like a faster burst mode but I don't know if it is worth the extra $200 it would cost. I do like the flip out screen for macro, but I could probably do without. I think I will probably get the d5100 and start saving a little extra money for a nicer f1.8 or f1.4 lens if I find the kit lens is not enough.
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Honestly fast burst is overated. Very few pro sports photogs i know use the burst except at the end of a game and im yet to see a single photojournalist use high speed burst. There was a photog at my last job covering politics in GA and he shot on two 1DX and never once used higj speed burst more than a few sets if three on rare ocassions.

When it comes to shooting sports a camera and lenses servo performance for tracking moving subjects is by far without contest more important.
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Honestly fast burst is overated. Very few pro sports photogs i know use the burst except at the end of a game and im yet to see a single photojournalist use high speed burst. There was a photog at my last job covering politics in GA and he shot on two 1DX and never once used higj speed burst more than a few sets if three on rare ocassions.

When it comes to shooting sports a camera and lenses servo performance for tracking moving subjects is by far without contest more important.

Skateboard and Snowboard photographers use burst for sequences more than anyone I have ever seen.
post #10 of 14
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I guess I was under the impression, though it is very well the case its because I don't know a whole lot, that burst was a good way for am. photographers to capture 'the moment' more frequently. I've used it on nicer cameras when things are moving and its hard to determine the right moment.

Edit: The burst mode is not the main feature that I want to improve on my camera though. I like the live view for macro and if possible a better sensor for low light conditions. The low light might also be user related but that's the input I'm trying to get.
Edited by blkdoutgsxr - 3/30/13 at 6:26pm
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