A&P Nikonians

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  1. FlashhslaF

    FlashhslaF New Member

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    I don't know much about Nikons so I have a friend who wants to buy a Nikon and it has to be a dslr.

    He doesn't know much about dslrs so hes doing his research. He also doesn't have the full interest in learning how to use one fully so he'll most likely going to use it in Auto mode and/or in Av at most.

    What he basically wants to know is that is there a Nikon dslr that in Auto mode will give him better pictures than a point and shoot. I basically told him that's like buying a Ferrari to get groceries.

    What about the Kit lenses, are they any better than the Canon kit lenses.

    Can anyone here suggest a Nikon DSLR that is great in Auto Mode w/ a decent Kit Lens or the equivalent replacement of a Tamron 17-50 for the Canon.
     
  2. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    d90 with the Tamron 17-50. (they make it for Nikon too...)
     
  3. FlashhslaF

    FlashhslaF New Member

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    To answer his question about the DSLR in Auto mode, would he get better pictures in the sense quality (exposure & sharpness) w/ a DSLR in Auto than a P&S in Auto.

    The P&S he was looking at was the Lumix LX3 and the Canon G10. He wanted HD video so he was leaning towards the LX3.
     
  4. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    yes. The sensor is larger and the glass is better. Larger sensors work wonders when it comes to detail, sharpness and higher iso performance. The lenses will give him a lot more clarity, smoother bokeh and cleaner images. Not to mention the options that will open up, with the ability to swap lenses.

    What he would not get is a convenient all in one package that fits in his pocket. He would need a couple lenses to cover the range of the p&s.

    The d90 does HD video.
     
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    FlashhslaF New Member

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    how is the 18-200 VR on a D60??
     
  6. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    nevermind. get a point and shoot. the lx3 would be a good choice.
     
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    FlashhslaF New Member

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    what what?

    you've already lost your patience?
     
  8. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    No, not at all.

    But the d60 and the 18-200mm pretty much pull you back to mediocrity. The d60 has a bunch of weak points and an older sensor, and the 18-200mm is a slow, not really all that sharp, do it all lens.

    I mean sure, that setup would prolly get you better shots than the p&s, but I really just hate both that body and lens... More the body than the lens though...

    How about a d5000 and the 18-200mm. That's probably a livable compromise... and it'll get you video too.
     
  9. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    THIS


    Bigger sensor and better glass = less noise, more detail, and usually the DSLR will have better/faster AF.


    THIS, again


    D90 or D5000 + Tamron 17-50 = much sharper, better high iso performance (cmos)




    If you're really concerned about size, look into an olympus E-420 DSLR, it's 4/3 (still way bigger than P&S sensors), and very tiny. They can be had on ebay for around $400. They make a nice 25mm 2.8 prime for it (50mm film equiv).
     
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    Just get the 18-200VR
     
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    :werd:

    I don't see why someone would need a D90 w/ a Tamron 17-50mm lens when they're shooting in full auto.

    If your friend is not willing to learn how to use his camera then there is no reason to spend over $1k on a body w/ 1 lens. Spending more money will not compensate for his lack of experience.
     
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    FlashhslaF New Member

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    thanks all for the info..i'll forward all this to him
     
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    d40 w/18-200VR
     
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    Or D40x w/18-55 kit lens :hsugh:

    but seriously, I'll sell mine for $450 shipped :o
     

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