another WTB d5100 vs d90 vs d7000 :)

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another WTB d5100 vs d90 vs d7000 :)
Aug 20, 2012

Hi all,

I'm an experienced beginner, currently using a canon s5is which I have had for 3 years and only shoot in PASM mode. Years ago I was a film shooter as well. I'm overall happy with my s5is outdoors but indoors in low light where flash isn't allowed, it just sucks I need better indoor low light, no flash to capture my kids events (stage stuff: dance, plays, music, etc ...).

$1500 is about what I'd like to lay out initially.

I have been offered a d90 at a decent price ($800 with 18-105, extra batteries and charger). It has 34500ish clicks on it and the seller is the original owner. I know the camera and have used it before.

My other option is a d5100 body only with a refurb 18-105 for $800ish from B&H.

The d7000 kit is $1400 from B&H.

I like the 18-105 as a general purpose walking around lens, so will get it for whatever option I choose.

I want to add (initially or over time) a tokina 12-24 (indoor and landscape/some walking around), along with 35mm 1.8 (general purpose nifty 50 to remind me of my film days :)), and 50mm 1.8 and 85mm 1.8 for portraits. A 17-50 2.8 but given the primes and/or ISO performance of the d5100/d7000, I'm not as certain about this.

If I buy the d90 I can pick up a used tokina 12-24 (screw drive) for $300ish, a new 50mm 1.8d for $125 from BH for a total of approx $1225 for a nice starter kit. I could either get an 85mm 1.8d or a tamron 17-50 (non VC) for $350 each bringing me up to $1575 total (a little over my limit).

If I buy the d5100 I can pick up new tokina 12-24 (w/BIM) for $589 and a new 50mm 1.8G for $217 (all are B&H pricing) for a total of $1606 (pushes the limit a little).

If I get the d7000, I could buy the 50mm 1.8D for $125 new and that would be about my limit for now with a total of $1525.

Soooo, if you've read this far. I have some questions again given no flash, low light shooting as a priority.

Is the d90 vs. d5100/d7000 low light difference that noticeable (I've read that it's between 0.3 and 1 stop difference). If I pick up the 17-50 2.8 for indoor use, would this make up for the difference. I will shoot in RAW so can apply de noise software.

What option am I missing for this budget range?

I'm going to wait and see if anything interesting is announced at Photokina but unless a d7100 announcement drives down the price of d7000 bodies, I'm not sure anything else will change my options (I doubt a d5200 will be announced then).

Thanks in advance for any help ...


 baratta930's gear list:baratta930's gear list
Canon PowerShot S5 IS Nikon D610 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24mm f/4 DX II +2 more
Casio Exilim EX-S5 Nikon D5100 Nikon D5200 Nikon D7000 Nikon D7100 Nikon D90
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