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Camera buffs...

A question please...

I have been looking at a new digital SLR and I have pretty much come down to the Nikon D90 or the Nikon D5000, but I ask, what is your take on them and which would you go for?

My celluloid SLR is pretty much retired, I fire off a roll of film just to keep the machine working, once a year. I have an early Nikon digital which was way ahead of its time, but its time has past.

Over here there is a difference in price between the 5000 and the 90 of about $400 depending where you shop.

I am not an Australian Geographic photographer by any stretch, but don't take shabby 'photos either.

I am about to go and spend a few days in a game park in Africa and want to make sure that the only reason that I don't capture the wildlife is it is either not there or I am asleep.

Advice please???

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I have a Canon EOS 5D. One of the first to have a full size sensor (same size as the film area of a 35mm SLR film camera's frame) and I love it. It has been replaced in the Canon line up with a "Mark II" EOS 5D, which is phenomenal. Even does HD video.

This is one of those questions that has many "correct" answers, and I am sure Nikon sells a model with a full frame sensor now. For me, that was the number one criteria when I went digital. I have several lenses from a prior Canon EOS 2 model and they were fully interchangeable due to the full size sensor. Memory cards are cheap now (they weren't a few short years ago), so storage in the camera is not a problem for large files - the only drawback for a full frame sensor.

Oh, yeah. Then there is that budget thing. My wife is not happy that I am lusting after a Mark II model...

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Having read over the specs, the D90 is a bit more of a purist's camera. Not sure what space the 5000 is trying to fill, other than a dumbed-down version of the D90.

If you ever get into doing some more serious stuff, like using multiple off-camera flashes wirelessly and with Nikon's auto-metering capability to control output, you'll be glad you had the D90.

Also, the built-in display on the D90 looks to be MUCH better than the D5000.
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DPreview has some of the best information on cameras. I just talked to a friend who shoots D90 after I saw your thread and he said you would be happy with either but the D90 would provide more growing room.

Nikon D5000 Hands-on Preview: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

Nikon D90 Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review

If money was not an issue, and you expect to have a 5-10 year lifespan for the camera I would go with the D90. But then again, I shoot a lot.

Also, invest in Adobe Lightroom 2.0 as your "darkroom". It is a very good tool for the backside of the process.

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How is buff used in this context ?

... and this important discussion continues.


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That pigeon shot is nice. She's got a good eye for framing and balance of shapes and color.
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That pigeon shot is nice. She's got a good eye for framing and balance of shapes and color.
Thanks! It's my understanding that these are uncropped photos. I was informed, however that for every photo that looks good, another ten or so were deleted.

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