Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by 3DimesDown, May 26, 2009.
Thinking about looking at this if you guys think its a decent deal...
From someone that shoots Nikons... DON'T get a D60. get a used D80, or spend a little more and get a D90. You'll be happier in the long run.
Yeah skip the D60 and get the D80, at least. I would recommend a cheap D200 even for long-term learning. I got mine for $599 (body only.)
Yeah, I'm a DSLR noob, and dont want to get a D40 because i'm sure i would want to upgrade in no time. I found a D80 with kit lens used for $550
I was just looking at DSLR's...I'd definitely go up to the D80.
Refurb D80 + Tamron 17-50 2.8 (new) from BHPhoto = $970
if you've already ruled out the D40, then you might as well put the D60 in the same bucket. They're essentially the same camera, there is no real noticeable difference between the 2.
Start looking the D90 and look up from there.
Is anyone going to tell him why the D60 is a bad choice? :fly:
Cough.... no autofocus motor in the body.
Yea, the D60 is just a D40 with a few more features.
it's not a "bad" choice persay, it is a beginner camera designed to introduce more people to the world of DSLR photography at a more a more affordable price. It's not designed to knock you over the head with technical shit that a first time user wouldn't understand.
It has 3 AF points, only 1 adjustment wheel for shutter/aperture, and no AF motor. The lack of motor IMO is not nearly so limiting as the 3 AF points. Many lenses are AF-S, and the lenses that a user who purchases this camera is going to use are AF-S anyway, it still can use any other lense in the Nikon arsenal you just have to manually focus some of them. If you're using an AF-S lens the 3 AF points is much more limiting on your ability to take a quality photo IMO. Additionally in full manual mode the thumb wheel only controls the shutter, in order to control the aperture you have to press a button on the top of the body right behind the shutter button and then turn the wheel.
As I said, their purpose is to introduce someone to the world of DSLR photography without breaking the bank. If you were to buy one and then decide you didn't like the DSLR world you haven't invested a shit ton of money into it. If you know you're going to enjoy it, I'd say go for a bigger and more versatile body with more to offer.
If only they did not discontinue the D50... it blows both the D60 and D40 out of the water and it's only 6MP.
D80 is still a good body and relatively cheap in comparison to newer D90's and D300's etc.
Yeah, that's the next step up. Nice camera.