Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 4:39 pm Post subject: Re: Nikon D60
I second Pradeep, about the AF motor and going in for a Nikon system.
Arvind, The D90 would be your best bet, since without an inbuilt AF motor, your available lens range would be reduced, unless you are ready to work with Manual focus all the time with lenses that dont have a AF motor. (My first lens, other than the kit lens did not have an AF motor, and was the best in its class.) There still are some good thridparty lenses that come in without AF. But I guess it would overshoot your budget by quite some bit. A used D80 should be a good option like suggested before.
If you are OK living without the inbuilt AF motor, D60 should be fine. Check out the D5000 too, as the swivel screen migh come in handy when photographing at really odd angles. I loved that feature on my Powershot S2.
Also, I brought mine from Alpha, andheri. Got it a wee bit cheaper than JJ Mehta. And my suggestion would be to go in for the 18-200mm lens instead of any kit lens, if you can. But again, that would really stress your budget. Look for second hand again, if available anywhere.
Cannon has a better performance when high ISO is used compared to Nikon.
As far as I know Canon does not make a D3, D700 and D3s. Canon has come out with the 7D and 1D MIV but I would first wait to see some real life pictures where they AF properly. I would not even start with Canon's 1Ds M III fiasco.
Arvind, go out to a dealer and try both Nikon and Canon DSLR's you are planning to buy. Hold them in your hand and see which one feels ergonomically better. One will just fit in your hand and you will know which one you are comfortable with.
If you’re planning to buy just an entry level DSLR and kit lens I would recommend you buy a Nikon mostly with an AF motor. Entry level Canon bodies feel too plasticky and the kit lenses from Canon are easily out done by the Nikon's entry level lenses both in built and image quality.
What every you decide remember that you are buying into a DSLR system.
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Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2009 11:42 pm Post subject: Re: Nikon D60
Since my family does not own Nikon or Cannon, I don't care much.
I have been loyal to Nikon to some extent because of the money I invested on the lenses and other equipments. (mostly lenses).
I believe for the time being Cannon is better value for money, things might chage soon as the price war continue betrween both the companies continue.
I have tried Cannon from my friends and I found the image quality very good.
And please don't drag me into the fight between Cannon and Nikon, like I said I don't own them and hence I don't care.
Ha, Arvind. You can ask me anything about camera and photography.
That is my hobby and passion.
Depends on what type of photos you are planing to take, you can chose your lens and can go for the kit lens if not sure yet. Eventually you will know what lens and things you want. So like any hobby, go slow and stedy and unlike many hobbies photography equpments are very expensive so your mistakes will cost you a lot.
The most common mistakes people make is buying lenses which you don't use later. And lenses are usually more expensive than your SLR camera.
Coming to the camera, D60 is an entry level DSLR and a decent one. Opinions will vary from people to people. If you are very serious then consider D90 because you will outgrow the D60 in about an year. But if you are going to shoot mostly in Auto mode then don't worry about it.
Thanks for your reply.D90 is way beyond my budget.
Nikon D60 is a good camera , you can go for it. If your budget is a bit more then go for D5000 with the 18-55 VR Kit lens. D5000 is a step down version of D300. Nikon D40 also does a good job at 6 MP. Nikon Bodies has the best high ISO performance in the industry at APS-C and Full Frame 35mm Sensors.
In future buy a SB 400 Speedlight along with your Nikon Body and the combination will be excellent.
Just my 93 paise.
The D60 does not have an auto focus motor so you will need to buy only lenses that have the focusing motor built in.
You will not be able to use AF lenses but need to buy only AF-S type lenses.
I would say either buy a D90 or a good used D80.
You can go to http://www.jjmehta.com for price reference.
JJ Mehta are in Mumbai, so I would just go to them and get their advice. I buy from their cousin, Jayesh here in Blr.
Bear in mind, they can give you a good discount in the store and grey prices will be much, much lower.
Joined: Mar 03, 2006 Posts: 364 Location: Raipur [CG]
Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:33 am Post subject: Re: Nikon D60
^ get grey then, Alfa Malad had 500Ds for ~39k (standard kit lens).
The reason I am stressing on a 500D because it is a good buy right now, at that price Nikon doesn't offer anything even comparable.
IMO, in this range, only the Nikon D90 surpasses EOS 500D that too by a very little margin and the price difference [~ Rs.30-35k] makes EOS 500D the obvious choice for a 1st time DSLR buyer.
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