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Menus (contd.)

Setup Menu

The Setup menu is where you'll perform tasks like formatting the SD card, adjusting the monitor brightness and choose between NTSC and PAL video options. Options to enable Wi-Fi and GPS are also located here.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Format memory card  • Yes
 • No
 
Monitor brightness  •11 levels selectable (- 5 to +5)
 
Info display format

 • Auto/Scene/Effects
Classic (3 options)
Graphic (3 options)

 • P/S/A/M
Classic (3 options)
Graphic (3 options)

 
Auto Info display  • On
 • Off
 
Clean image sensor  • Clean now
 • Clean at startup / shut.
Clean at startup
Clean at shutdown
Clean at start & shut
Cleaning off
 
Lock mirror up for cleaning  • Start  
Image Dust Off ref photo  • Start
 • Clean sensor then start
Used to capture a 'dust reference image' for the 'Dust Off' feature of Nikon Capture. (RAW only).
Flicker reduction  • Auto
 • 50 Hz
 • 60 Hz
 
Time zone and date  • Time zone
Select
 • Date and time
Date set
Time set
 • Date format
y/m/d
m/d/y
d/m/y
 • Daylight saving time
Off
On
 
Language  • Czech
 • Danish
 • German
 • English
 • Spanish
 • Greek
 • French
 • Indonesian
 • Italian
 • Magyar
 • Dutch
 • Norwegian
 • Polish
 • Portuguese (Brazil)
 • Portuguese (Portugal)
 • Russian
 • Romanian
 • Finnish
 • Swedish
 • Turkish
 • Ukrainian
 • Arabic
 • Bengali
 • Chinese Traditional
 • Chinese Simplified
 • Hindi
 • Japanese
 • Korean
 • Persian
 • Tamil
 • Thai
 
Auto image rotation  • On
 • Off
 
Image comment  • Done
 • Input comment
Text entry
 • Attach comment
When enabled the comment is written into the header of each image.
Location Data  • Record location data
On
Off   
• GPS options
Standby timer (on/off)
Set clock from sat.
Update A-GPS data
• Create log
Log location data (start/end/pause)
Log interval (s) 15/30/60
Log length (h) 6/12/24
• Log list
 
Video Mode  • NTSC
 • PAL
 
HDMI  • Output resolution
Auto
480p
576p
720p
1080p
1080i
 • Device control
Off
On
 
Remote control  • Remote shutter release
Take photos
Record movies

 • Assign Fn button AE-L/AF-L
Same as camera AE-L/AF-L button
Live view
 
Wi-Fi

 • Network connection
Enable
Disable
 • Network settings
Push-button WPS
PIN-entry WPS
View SSID
Reset network settings

 
Conformity marking   Displays standards with which camera complies
Firmware Version  • Version No.
A x.00
B x.00
Displays firmware information

Retouch menu

In the Retouch menu you can apply processing effects to existing images as well as make in-camera Raw to JPEG conversions.

Option Values / Actions Notes
D-Lighting  • Select image
Low
Normal
High
Portrait subjects
 
Red-eye correction  • Select image  
Trim  • Select image
Zoom / Scroll
Aspect
 
Monochrome  • Black-and-white  
Select image
 • Sepia
Select image
Lighter
Darker
 • Cyanotype
Select image
Lighter
Darker
 
Filter effects  • Skylight 
Select image
 • Warm filter
Select image
 • Red intensifier
Select image
Lighter
Darker
 • Green intensifier
Select image
Lighter
Darker
 • Blue intensifier
Select image
Lighter
Darker
 • Cross screen
Select image
Number of points
Filter amount
Filter angle
Length of points
 • Soft
Select image
Low
Normal
High
 
Color balance  • Select image
Adjust color
 
Image overlay  • Image 1
x 0.1-2.0
 • Image 2
x 0.1-2.0
 • Preview
 
NEF (RAW) processing  • Select image
 • Choose parameters
Image quality
Image size
White Balance
Exposure comp.
Set Picture Control
Noise reduction
Color space
D-Lighting
Execute
 
Resize  • Select image
 • Choose size
1920x1280, 2.5M
1280x856, 1.1M
960x640, 0.6M
640x424, 0.3M
 
Quick retouch  • Select image
 • Select level
Normal
Low
High
Automatically adjusts contrast and saturation
Straighten  • Select image
 • Adjust angle
 • Save
 
Distortion control  • Auto
Select image
Adjust
 • Manual
Select image
Adjust
 
Fisheye  • Select image
 • Adjust
 
Color outline  • Select image  
Color sketch  • Select image
Adjust vividness
Adjust Outlines
 
Perspective control  • Select image
 • Adjust
 
Miniature effect  • Select image
 • Adjust
 
Selective color  • Select image
 • Adjust
 
Edit movie  • Choose start point
 • Choose end point
 • Save selected frame
 

Recent settings/My menu

To help speed up the use of such long menus, the D5300 allows fast access to commonly-used menu options, either by keeping track of recently used settings or through a user-defined 'My menu.' Leaving the camera set to show Recent Settings can be a good way of seeing which menu options you regularly use, when you're deciding how to populate the 'My menu' option.

In the 'Recent settings' mode, you see the most regularly changed settings, plus a 'Choose tab' option which allows you to switch to 'My menu' instead. The ability to Add, Remove and Rank items only appears when you've set this tab to the latter mode.

Option Values / Actions Notes
Add items  • Playback menu
 • Shooting menu
 • Custom setting menu
 • Setup menu
 • Retouch menu
 
Remove items  • Select item to remove  
Rank items  • Select item to re-order  
Choose tab  • My menu
 • Recent settings
 
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Comments

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George85

I currently have a Nikon D90 and considering the D5300. Although I like the D90, the higher megapixel appeals to me. Is the expense worth it? I use the camera for travel and family events. The reviews of the D7100 are impressive, but difficult to justify the expense for my purpose. I have no interest in the video aspect of the camera.

0 upvotes
RohitB

Can anyone enlighten me as I am going to purchase a new DSLR for me. I am a motorcyclist who ride a lot in mountains and countryside, and require a good camera which can shoot good pics. I have in my mind a Canon D60 (Old and proven but also heard a lot about its durability) and a Nikon D5300 a latest in the series. I used to use a point and shoot camera before but its not sufficient anymore. I also checked and found that Canon has a inbuilt motor and Nikon don't have so lens with motors are required for Nikon. Please advise.

2 upvotes
KaFi

I am also confused about this two. Canon 60D vs Nikon D5300. Which one I should buy ?

0 upvotes
zanjeer13

also kindly guide me which lens are sufficfor me

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zanjeer13

sir i want to buy a new dslr nikon d5300 for the first time kindly guide is it worth buying or not.is it better than other cameras or not.

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ecube

Nikon cameras are as good if not better than the competition. I have had the D90, D600 and am currently using the D5100 as my everyday camera and the D800 for more serious photo. The D5300 follows the D5200, hence, is the third iteration to my D5100.

Without knowing your experience in photography and your budget to this purchase. I limit answer SPECIFICALLY to your question:

YES, the Nikon D5300 is a VERY GOOD camera.

If you provide relevant information about your photography experience, your intended use, then I would help you decide the alternatives.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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SomCamph

Hi ecube,

I already own a Bridge camera, namely Sony DSC HX300 (with 50X zoom) that takes pretty good and impressive pics. However, I am looking for a DSLR now. I don't have a massive budget, and I mainly take nature and wildlife shots. I don't really do portraits or fashion or food.

Technically, I am not great when it comes to a DSLR. I need a good camera that offers a good low light condition.

I have some models in my mind- Nikon D5100 / 5200 / 5300 / 3300 and Canon EOS 600D / 60D
I can afford upto Nikon D5200 (in terms of money) without straining myself much. Kindly suggest me a good camera (from or beyond the list I provided) that fills my requirement as sated.

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Frank C.

...waiting for d7200

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katpete

Buying our first DSLR for a big trip of oz next year. We are leaning towards the Nikon D5300 over the Canon 700D, but during research found a comment that the colours in Nikon pics are not good, particularly for landscapes as the green is terrible. Can someone that has a Nikon clarify this point and any other facts we should consider? Any feedback is welcome. Thanks!

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ecube

More likely than not, you might have bought your DSLR by now. If not, my experience with Nikon d5100 is nothing but great. D5300 is the third iteration to D5100. Friends who saw my D5100 bought their D5200 and D5300. I do not know anything about the Canon D700D but can assure you that you would not go wrong with either camera.

Since pictures are worth thousand words, you way views my post at Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pinoy.inohio/photos

My Facebook account is PUBLIC.

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shrimphead83

I just bought a D5300 and it's a perfect camera except for lack of in built motor, CLS (commander mode), and Auto FP sync. I can't get over this whole "going pro" statements I'm seeing below. I just want the lightest camera with full features. D7100 doesn't even offer wifi, gps, articulated screen, or 60p video. What's the upgrade path if I need all these 4 things for someone who's used a DSLR since 2008? I hate how Nikon calls this camera a beginner's tool. It's absolutely ridiculous. I really, really need 60p video for slow motion shots. To upgrade to full frame would not make sense. To go to D7100 is not going "pro", it's a downgrade for me. People here are so dense, and don't look at the big picture. D7100 is using a expeed 3 processor with slower processing. My D5300 can skim through pictures in milliseconds. Nikon, please rethink the upgrade path in your camera line. It makes no sense as of July 28th, 2014.

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ecube

@shirmphead - NO, you are NOT a "shirmphead". Your comment make very good points. Before I buy ANY major purchase, I research the items and alternatives. My experience in photography dates back to late 1950s. My experience with Digital photography started in 2001 with a simple Point & Shoot. Bought my first state of the art serious DSLR in 2004, the Nikon D90. At that time, it was considered a PRO camera. My next Nikon purchase maybe called either an upgrade or downgrade, I don't care either way, was the D5100. Followed by a D600 and now a D800. The D5100 is my everyday camera. Despite all the very good features and very good results this D5100 has going for it, it is still a mid-level DSLR.

With that said, I am not offended by the terms "beginners camera", entry level, mid-level, enthusiast level, pro-level designation. I suggest you shrug-off the terms because it does not mean anything. What matter is the enjoyment you get from making the shots that matters to you.

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Fully

I have an old Nikon F100 camera, with lens 28-105mm, AFNIKKOR, 1:3.5 - 4.5D. Could I use this lens with the D5300 camera? Thank you for replying.

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ecube

YES but only in MANUAL mode.
Caveat: If the lens has the meter mating fork, remove that fork.

I have Nikkor lenses circa 1976 and I use those lenses on my Nikon D5100, D600 and D800 - - - all in MANUAL mode only. Goggle NIKON lens compatibly and you will see matrix of Nikkor lenses and Nikon bodies compatibility table.

The letter D following the f/number suggests your lens has a hole that house the slot of the screw head that mate with the spade of the high-end Nikon DSLR. I don't think the D5300 has that spade to drive the autofocus gears of the lens.

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Zilvinas Zusinas

Here is our music video, filmed with Nikon D5300 and D5200.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fiQFFRe6lH4

1 upvote
bass1phil

I tried the Canon 700d, Nikon D7100 and others but decided on a D5300 after much deliberation. I went for the 18-140 as a size/range compromise. The camera has been great and has exceeded my expectations. It is nicely weighty and feels better made than the competition. The lack of buttons compared to the D7100 and touch screen compared to the Canon has not bothered me. I use the camera in the 'old fashioned' way and have it up to my face most of the time. I find the button position to be ideal. I have two fingers on the right side top for shutter and exposure adjustment and on the left side I have one on the FN button which is assigned to ISO which I can adjust on the fly.
I use a 2 sec regularly in low light but the camera is set to 10. It isn't in the manual but I found it in a menu and 2 secs is now my default. The low light performance at high ISOs is better than I expected. Check the DXO Mark website for comparisons with other makes. Overall I am very pleased with my D5300.

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ecube

What do you mean by "2 sec regularly in low light"? Are you referring to the "Shutter release delay" or the Self-Timer or the shutter-speed.

It is nice to hear that you are enjoying your D5300. By now, I suspect you have tried the SCENE modes.

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jgarat

Anyone has work, with D5300 and Circular Sigma Flash (EM-140 DG)

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arleena

I am looking to get a new camera preferably Nikon or Canon. I'm looking at the D5300 and liking it so far, however I'm very new to these kinds of cameras and wondering what a good lens would be for it? One not terribly expensive, but still good quality. You can reply at Kelbi_Princess93@yahoo.com

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white shadow

The best lens for a crop frame camera like a Nikon D5300 is the Sigma 18-35 f/1.8. It is not exactly cheap but not that expensive either, below $1,000. It will give you very sharp photos. If you need more telephoto power you can go for the new Nikon 70-200 f/4.0. Don't waste your money on cheap lenses. This two lenses will be enough for most situation.

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Behind the lense

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Prime would be your favourite once you start to use it - btw, it is cheap but it does a better class of photography

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8938546CCF5C4FC9BA8C366111163AC7

WHY DOES EVERY ONE GET THIS WRONG? The D5300 has TWO function buttons, not one. The second one is located on the front left, underneath the flash command button. That way, shutter speed, ISO and aperture are all easily accessible.

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eric

Wow! Everybody!

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dmanthree

Where's the other one? I can't see it in the body pix.

3 upvotes
dtrain

Exactly dmanthree! I own this camera, there is only ONE Fn button!

1 upvote
Average User

@eventhorizonsurfer
Beautiful

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eventhorizonsurfer

some test footage at 60FPS for you. Pretty dang nice!

https://vimeo.com/91835724

3 upvotes
Prairie Pal
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eventhorizonsurfer
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dtrain

very nice video! Thanks for sharing. I'd hate to be near those soap bubbles when they burst though, you'd need a shower afterwards!

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Sherryann

I want to get the Nikon D5300 but I'm not sure what lens to get since its a DX-format camera. I would definitely love if someone can help me chose a good lens to go with the camera. Also, I would love to know if a non-DX lens would work well with the camera. I'm not a fan of DX lens. Thank you in advance!

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Rusdy

any af-s lenses, DX or FX, will work fine. AF-only lenses will work but no autofocus
for budget option, 35 f/1.8G will do fine

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2FA10E70580C4EE1893E3A0F3628B950

I have the 18-140, I use it on a D7000 and it is a very good lens. If you buy it with the D5300 (kit) you'll save a couple of hundred dollars as it retails for $599. I also have the 40mm 2.8 micro (macro) and it is a very sharp lens, of course it is not as flexible as the 18-140 but optically much better.

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Average User

These are the lenses I finally decided upon:
1. For everyday, the new Sigma 1.8 18 to 35. I have had no trouble with the autofocus on this lens. Compared to every other lens out there, this lens delivers just incredibly sharp detail, and its ability to go to 1.8 f makes the camera useable for indoor low light shots. $799
2. For wide angle get the tokina 11-16 2.8 that just came out. $525.
These two lenses will take your photography to levels you won't believe until you see.
I have not yet found a long end lens that equals these. For the time being, the 18-140 nikon is probably the best choice.
(I have it but rarely use it because of how much I like the sigma.)

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Phred3717

Just ordered the D5300 because I wont be going Pro. I also decided I would go with two lenses:

1. the excellent and fast low prime lens AF-S DX NIKKOR
35mm f/1.8G for indoor and general use; and
2. the newly announced lighter one-lens solution - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR for kids sports and travel outdoors.

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Kishore Pratap Sanghvi

I am graduating from a bridge camera to a DSLR. Have been a hobby photographer for many years primarily doing landscape photography but I do it only when on a vacation that would be twice a year. I was a little confused whether to buy a Canon 700D or a Nikon D5300. I have always used Canon cameras before and after going thru many reviews comparing the two cameras I am not wiser. I also understand that once one buys a DSLR one continues to buy cameras of that family so that it can save money on lenses. Assuming that the quality of photos is not much different in the two cameras is the touch screen in 700D so useful that I should buy a Canon or the WIFI-GPS so important in the Nikon. As there anything else that help me decide between the two. Your advice would be most helpful.Tx. You can reply directly on my mail - drkpsanghvi@gmail.com

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2FA10E70580C4EE1893E3A0F3628B950

The sensor performance on the D5300 is much better than the T5i. Everything else is going to be subjective and personal preference.

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chandansehgal

Hi Kishore, I am still under the same confusion as you are. I havent bought anything yet. So finally which one did you buy? Please also let me know your decision ... and you can reply me directly at chandansehgal@gmail.com

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Rod0164

If buyers will rely mostly on the reviews they will end up to buy nothing. Whether you agree or not reviewers are human too and tend to be subjective.

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Galbertson

Another question...if connected via NFC to iPad, will Voice Over speak data that would show on LCD/iPad???

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Galbertson

Is there live exposure preview in manual mode? I have very limited eyesight and have difficulty dependinding upon metering, but can see enough to see changes in light and adjusting dof, shutter and iso to specific needs of image.
Thanks much.

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cdmiii37

Just received my D5300 after damaging my D5100. The GPS and WiFi were two features as well as the increase of almost 8 mgp I get. The price of buying it was also a plus since I am a student and short funds to really invest in other professional models. SO far after spending two hours with it are really pleased. I chose the grey so I could easily tell the two apart quickly. I love the grip.

My first question was whether in Lr the GPS information will be in the detail of the meta data, I won't know until I get to that point. The display on the screen was very impressive and getting the settings the same as my D5100, which makes me comfortable is my first hurdle. I prefer outdoor photography and look forward to comparing it to my D5100 once I get it fixed. In the last 2 1/2 years I have taken over 260K images and I need reliable camera gear, so far I am very pleased with the D5300. I just need better lens.

Now I need a battery grip for easier control and feel.

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Cgoor

This review was good, but the D5300 should have received the Gold award.Almost no other camera body for under $1,000 gives you more. In addition, I'm tired of reviewers criticizing Nikon ergonomics/handling. Nikon ergonomics/handling are excellent.

Noted above in your conclusion you stated- "warm and fuzzy connection with the camera that we'd like to feel..." I'm in the market looking for a new DSLR and I've been trying out various cameras and I literally picked up a D5300 and started to play with it and it was a joy to use. I found the ergonomics/handling as good as the Canon T5i if not better and you gave the T5i a higher rating in handling/ergonomics. Your objectivity needs improvement. In addition, a touch screen is not such a big deal. I owned a Canon S120 (I returned my S120 due to a problem with the battery in video mode) with a touch screen and the touch screen added a very minor handling/ergonomic improvement over my S95.

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Average User

I agree with every statement in this comment. I love my 5300. In fact I like shooting with it better than with my D600, which is much bigger especially when you add the larger ff lenses. And the image quality is just as good, except in super low light.
Most of the reviewers complaints about ergonomics are just what you get used to...don't impact image quality. With one exception:
The live view slow magnification makes close focus a chore, and if you don't have plenty of time you just lose the shot.
On this, I am not complaining about the features that Nikon has chosen not to add. I am complaining about the sub par function of an important feature they did include. They should fix it.
The good news is that the available image quality is just unequalled in an APS-c camera, and the excellent 39 point autofocus the flip screen and other features provide you the ability to achieve it(with better lenses). Nikon has done itself proud.

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Brian Leser

On the specification page the D5300 is listed as having an optical viewfinder magnification of 0.82x while on page 3. Body and Design it says it has an optical viewfinder magnification of only 0.52x. The illustration on page three also seems to illustrate a magnification of 0.52x. Am I missing something?

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Brian Leser

Many thanks to Allison Johnson for explaining to me that manufacturers use a 50 mm lens on their crop sensor cameras to calculate viewfinder magnification. In order to compare cameras with different size sensors DP Review takes sensor size into account and therefore provides a different number. The number is approximately equal to the manufacturer's viewfinder magnification divided by the crop factor.

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NorCalAl

For a review that rates the camera so highly, the wording is such that virtually every statement is "it does this well BUT" and then a demerit of some type. Reading it, I get the distinct impression the reviewer didn't like the camera. I've owned a number of Nikons and just added this to my group. I find it to be an excellent choice!

Perhaps the reviewer is like so many people on the Internet - even the slightest difference is rated as something barely tolerable. His comment about not being able to use the command dial in menus is a perfect example. Is it really that much more trouble to use the cursor?

Every single feature is treated this way. It works BUT it could have been better. It makes the review seem very negative and had I read it before purchasing, it might have influenced me to look at another body. I have a good amount of money in Nikon mount lenses, so that helps me make decisions. I don't want fanboy reviews but this sort of thing is the worst.

Were you happy with anything? Anything?

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Hobbyphotography

Would welcome your thoughts on buying a new body. Have been an amateur. Now going on a safari this summer.

Want to upgrade from d5100. Have sigma 12-24, Nikon 18-80, Nikon 55-300.

?d7100 or d5300

Also would welcome thoughts in a zoom lens. Thinking of sigma 150-500.

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The Gooze

I went with the D7100. I jumped from a Canon T3i and its a huge learning curve and well worth it. In my opinion. If you plan on going pro and you have the money for the D7100, go for it. Just shop around until you find the deal you want.
The D7100 is a whole different animal when it comes to how it performs and how you use it. But if you have the basics down and you understand what you need to do to get the shots you want then all you will have to learn is how to get to those functions on the camera.
In the end, i have a lot to learn but in my mind it is well worth it because I will be training myself on a damn good camera.

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Average User

I went with the D5300 because of the articulating LCD. you can adjust the screen to avoid glare, and use objects to stabilze for better pictures. But the d7100 focus motor in the body is faster and it has lens fine tuning: better for a pro.
Starting new and going on a safari, take the Nikor 18-300. Nailing the zoom will usually yield better pictures than cropping. Changing lenses in the dusty savanna not good for camera and you may miss the shot. Take also one good 1.8 or better, prime for low light. The Nikor 1.8 35mm is the obvious choice, but for more money the Sigma 18-35 is a 1.8 with prime clarity that I now use every day.

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cdmiii37

I agree that the ability to rotate the LCD was a reason for buying the D5300 after having the D5100. Your observation about lenses is dead on but I still prefer a fixed lens and another reason I now have three camera bodies with my three favorite lenses. I also like what Sigma has to offer as for quality lenses.

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2FA10E70580C4EE1893E3A0F3628B950

If you shoot in Auto mode and don't like to constantly change settings, the D5300 is going to give you the same quality image and will be lighter and cheaper. If you like to be more involved in the process the D7100 will be more enjoyable. Sensor rating is about the same so image quality is very similar.

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garryf1960

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4 D ED SWM IF Lens 300/4 AFS, Will this lens fit a Nikon D5300?

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larrewl

Yes. I have a D5300 with Nikon Nikkor AF-S 300mm F4 D ED SWM IF Lens. Everything works fantastic.

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Pepe Le Pew

I'll stick to my Pentax K-30

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tbcass

Given the choice of a Canon 60D, a Sony A77, a Nikon D7000 or a D5300 for the same price the older cameras are clear winners IMO. I'd rather buy older higher end technology than brand new lower end. Cameras today aren't any better than those from 2-3 years ago. It's all hype from the manufacturers to get you to waste your money.

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BarnET

besides the 60D yes they are all winners.

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brownie314

Yup, agree. The D7100 is not light years ahead of my D7000. In fact, I see no reason to update my body to a D7100 - I don't think it offers anything that would change the way I photograph things. Nice glass - that would definitely change how I photograph things.

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Tootsall

I'm in the process of moving up to DSLR from Bridge and what I don't see is folks commenting on the advantages of the swivel/tilt LCD. The availability of that feature on the D5300 is almost enough to make me consider it in lieu of the D7100. Once you've used that feature you'll never want to go back to a fixed LCD for high/low/around-the-corner shots! Really nice when you've got the camera on a low tripod and don't want to lay down in the dirt to line the shot up too! Sure wish it was on the 7100 and that would be a slam-dunk.

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Average User

Couldn't agree more. Especially for "fence post shooters" like me who don't carry a tripod but who anchor the camera on something to get a clear shot, it's critical. Also angling the screen frequently helps to see the LCD where glare otherwise make it unusable. I also like the right thumb position of the the plus and minus keys for close focus and the review key for quickly reviewing images.

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brownie314

IMO, the tilt/swivel thing is nice, but rendered not very effective because of poor live view performance. If live view had better AF performance - it might be worth it. Honestly, I hate to say it, but if you want a body that has tilt/swivel and good all around live view performance - you might have to go with another brand - like a Canon 70D, or something from m4/3.

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Average User

True. On the other hand, The Sigma 1.8 18-35 zoom works great with the camera, and in fact when you get the extra lens optimization kit, you can fine tune the lens to the camera, as you can a number of the other recent Sigma lenses. That makes the lens more compatible with this camera than the Nikon lenses, since the fine tune feature for Nikon cameras/lenses is not included in the D5XXX cameras.

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beavertown

This camera doesn't support some Sigma lenses.

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Mike Toy

Reading the review of the D5300 it appears that the camera does not adjust changes in aperture if you shoot manually in Live View mode. At least not until you take a shot.

Can anyone tell me (perhaps someone that has this camera) what happens when you use Live View in Shutter Priority mode? The review is a little grey here and you could be forgiven for thinking that you can't actually use it - if the camera lacks a separate aperture motor how does it then compensate for changes in light when in SP mode?

The D3100 does it, as does the D800 so surely I am reading this the wrong way?

Thanks.

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Neodp

The motor is for focus, not aperture. An "AF" (AF-D) lens will set exposure, including aperture, on a non-motor D40 to D5300 body. Just not focus. Now that AF-S lenses probably offer what you need, and are the best value in all lenses, it's only an issue with not having AF with the fine old "AF" lenses. That, and it puts you with G lenses. Those have no manual aperture ring, requiring clumsy menu setting, of pro manual work.

Nikon really should make a D610 type camera, the size of a D5300, or smaller. Smaller motor included. After all, this is 2014. This would answer the size question, with mirror-less.

Nikon desperately needs to do two things. Fix rolling shutter, and manual control with HD video, on their better still photo centric DSLR's, *and* they need to develop a better full frame mirror-less system, with an adapter, for F-Mount lens owners. That absolutely must include better, faster, bigger EVF only, and phase detect beating AF-C tracking improvement.

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Neodp

Not to mention, they desperately need to make an open specification, for user groups reprogramming, and customization of the camera, before they get left behind.

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BarnET

Not for sports and action they say.......
Which DSLR at this price point does a better job at sports an action.

Sony slt's may have faster bursts but evf refresh rates can cause issues with fast action. Especially when the scene has some high contrast.

Pentax don't have an as advanced af system in the very good k30/50.
Nor does canon. So which is better. It ain't an D7100 at that price one might expect more with buffer size.

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JDThomas

I'm not sure why everyone thinks that you need 1000fps second to shoot sports. I brought a D5300 and D3300 to a paid sporting event tonight. Worked fine, as I expected it to.

These entry-level cameras offer more features than the pro cameras of less than 10 years ago.

I have faster pro cameras, but these little DX things are so good I end up grabbing them a lot of the time. I shot pro wrasslin' tonight and I had complete faith in these two cheap cameras that I was willing to bring them to a corporate shoot.

Any DLSR in Nikon's current line-up is more than enough to tackle sports for any photographer worth his salt.

FWIW, the D3300 IQ actually seemed to have an edge over the 5300.

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Average User

This is a great report. Truth is, the various shortcomings people describe are small compared to the wonderful capacity of this as well as other cameras. What lenses did you use to shoot your even?

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jango

i don't understand: if " the D5300 presents D7100-level image quality" as said in the review, way the score of the image quality of the d5300 is less then the d7100 when compared?

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JDThomas

Scoring is based on more than image quality...

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jango

i ment on the picture quality section the d7100 score more then the d5300 even " the D5300 presents D7100-level image quality" as said in the review

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EthanX

Guess they just can't give the 5300 a better score on IQ than the 7100 got.

Matters of "politics", I assume...

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peevee1

The biggest news seems to be that Nikon seems to finally fix its JPEG engine which was so badly broken it made their cameras practically unusable for JPEG shooters. Now their high-ISO JPEGs look as good or better as Canon's.

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toomanycanons

What a ridiculous comment. Nikon's JPEG engine has always been great for JPEG shooters (I'm one). What the heck are you talking about?

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BarnET

There was a good and solid article about the D5100 Jpeg engine.
It really turned all the great qualities of the 16mp Sony to complete and utter crap.

this had already been fixed with other Nikon's before this one though.

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OceanFroggie

Technically Sony have some interesting innovations BUT boy the bodies look ugly to the eye.

The D5300 performs as well as it looks. I get WIFI but what is with this GPS rubbish?

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JDThomas

I love the GPS. It's great for traveling. It's also provides an easy way to find images from a specific locations using the LR5 Map module.

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RadPhoto

You'd DON'T have to you use the GPS! Why does it bother you? I love having GPS. You probably don't travel, so GPS will be useless!

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PedagangAsongan

no front dial is a minus for ergonomic

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Just a Photographer

I am getting bored of Nikon and Canon - Why can't they innovate?
Although I am not a big fan of Sony at least they shake the community up and try to do something different...

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BarnET

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Allen Yang

Some keep mentioning Sony's mirrorless cameras. However, they have neglected the fact that almost all the E-mount lens have no price/performance advantage over Nikon's lens. Most of Sony's E-mount lens are ridiculously overpriced. In addition, yes, one can get adapters and use other companies' lens, but what about auto focus?

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BarnET

Metabones have adapters that will give full autofocus.

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quiquae

@BarnET
>Metabones have adapters that will give full autofocus.

...yes...but...vewwwwwwwwy sloooowwwwlyyyyy....

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BarnET

quiquae. that is also an body problem.
The A7R has NO pdaf on the sensor. These lenses are made for Pdaf so the performance will indeed be slow. in most cases it's pretty accurate though.

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andry r

Nikon D5300 uses a Sony sensor,
http://chipworks.force.com/catalog/ProductDetails?sku=NIK-D5300_Pri-Camera

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Zoron

with panasonic, olympus and fuji going full steam....Nikon better come up with an explosive D900 to woo us.....

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BarnET

Those 3 brands make some stellar mirrorless options.
However they still can't touch the D800

Nikon still makes some solid Dslr's unlike the entry Canon's

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Average User

I have had both of these lenses. The quality of the two lenses you list is not sufficiently different to buy the new one and neither one of them is sufficient to really utilize the 24 megapixels.
The Sigma 18-35 for $799 is the game changer and would be a huge improvement because the image quality is so much better, but also because you can open it to 1.8 f so you can get a lot of indoor shots that the others can only handle at much higher ISO's that really degrade the images. In fact this zoom gives me better images than the Nikons f1.8 35 mm prime. You will use that lens constantly. Keep your 18-200 for longer distance shots. If it's too much money then get the 5200 which is very nearly the same camera, plus that lens instead of the 5300.

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Robert Eckerlin

Question about a Zoom lense for the D5300

As a follow on to my D5000, I am considering to buy the D5300 and will use it with just one (Zoom) lense. That one Zoom lense will probably be either:

- the NIKKOR AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR (that I already own)
- or the new NIKKOR AF-S DX 18–140mm 1:3,5-5,6 G ED VR

If abstracting from the difference in the zoom range and the slight difference in the weight/dimenson: could an expert please tell me if one of the two above lense is for use on the D5300 substantially superior (for which reasons?) to the other one?

Thanks a lot in advance for your answer

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select

I have the 18-140mm VR lens.
It's a good lens but Idk how good is the 18-200 vr II
what I can say is: If I already had the 18-200 why I should change it with the 18-140? to me this makes no sense

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ezyernie

Try the sigma 18-250- yeru good lens priced very well.

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ezyernie

Very good.

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Robert Eckerlin

Thank You very much to select and to ezyernie for your answers.

select: I was believing to have read (or extrapolated?) that for some of the new Nikon DSLRs coming without anti-aliasing filter, the new NIKON 18-140mm zoom was superior to older somehow similar lenses. From your answer, I get the impression that the quality difference between the two zooms ist not sufficiently large, that its worth for me to bother.

ezyernie: I will take a look at the sigma 18-250

Thanks again to both of you.

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Average User

Robert:
You have the 18-200. I had it, but gave it to my daughter, so then I got the 18-140 as part of the kit deal with the 5300. It is no better than the 18-200 and of course it's missing a lot of range.
On a tight budget, the next lens you should have is a prime that will give you low light capability, and much sharper images in much lower light. (A 1.8 lens lets in almost four times more light than a 3.5 lens.) The clear choice is the 35mm Nikon 1.8g. It is also light, small, and quick.
I highly recommend that you spend some time with the lens comparison tool on the site DXOMARK.com. They are the industry standard for testing capabilities of lenses and they do it with different cameras, so you could see how the lenses you are considering, compare, both on your present D5000 and on the D5300.
The bottom line is that on the 12 mp d5000 these lenses are not too different, but on the D5300 the 35mm 1.8 delivers almost twice the image clarity.

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Robert Eckerlin

Average User: Thank You a lot for your detailed und useful explanations.

Robert

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beavertown

This camera break support for 3rd party lenses, batteries and battery grips.

Please think twice.

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Eyeglass10101

What are you talking about? Batteries and grips yes, but it does work with 3rd party lenses. I have tried Tamron and Sigma and all have worked here in the shop. Please verify your info before spouting incorrect info.

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RyanBoston

The Sigma 17-50 works great on this camera. They now sell it compatible with D5300. It will have a sticker on the box. Incredibly sharp lens with lots of detail from this sensor.

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Pietro N Romano

Great picture quality from a great little camera.
The review captures accurately the stronger and weaker points of this camera. I bought this as a substitute for my D90. Why didn't I buy a D7100? Well the spec. on the D5300 is more than I need for hobby portrait photography, and I appreciate that it's smaller, lighter and also the protection afforded by the flip-out (and in) rear screen.
Great picture quality with my hobbyist glass (18-200, 70-300) and obviously better still with my 50mm 1.4G.
Being smaller obviously brings the usabiilty quirks - but if it didn't have any of those it would probably be larger, heavier, more expensive and called the D7200...

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Average User

Great review, and on the money.
This camera has the capability of producing really great shots for a photographer with the time and patience to use it, but focus is the issue.
Now that there are 24 mp with no anti aliasing filter, the image clarity can be amazing. And this is the model I want because of the articulating screen.
I use it almost exclusively with the new Sigma 18-35, and when it does get the focus right, it's amazing. But that's not nearly often enough. In fact, whatever lens you use with this camera, and I have tried a lot, focus is an issue.
Clarity is great, but if the capability of the camera to utilize the clarity is compromised by a dysfunctional live view, What's the point? This camera needs a major software fix.

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KInfinity

What camera do you use with the Sigma 18-35? This D5300? How do you think it, and do you think the AF is improved on another camera?

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RyanBoston

I don't have a focus issue with my 5300. It actually focuses very good unless it's pitch dark. Have you tried other lenses on it?

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DDWD

its your sigma lens. not the camera.

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JDThomas

My Sigma 18-35 practically lives on my D5300 and I have no problems focusing at all.

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Pietro N Romano

I have no problems focusing with my Nikon 18-200, 70-300 or 50mm 1.4

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JEROME NOLAS

I don't have a Nikon camera but this one seems right on the money. I don't understand you "photographers"...kit lens is just fine, sharp in the middle, less in corners. Features, performance are enough for the targeted audience...
I don't buy DSLR because of bulk and weight, otherwise I'd jump in! Great review!!!

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KInfinity

I'm seeing a lot of comments putting this camera down simply because it's smaller and less expensive. I want to point something out. You don't need every feature, and you don't need to spend a large sum to take great photos.

Part of what I do to evaluate a camera and a lens is to simply google flickr, like "D5300 flickr". It's fast and I can learn a lot about what a lens/camera is capable of by seeing how others were able to use it in real (non-nikon sources) samples.

From what I can gather from Flickr, on average, more serious photographers use the D7000/7100 than the D3NNN and D5NNN models. But, I see plenty of great shots from the latter. Although I don't own the kit 18-55 VR lens (I got the 16-85MM VR instead), I see plenty of great shots with the kit. I like that it has closer working distance, and it's small. Although I like my16-85mm, I think the (typically $100) add-on price for the 18-55mm is a great value. I can see the D3300, with it's smaller lens, as a great value.

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pacnwhobbyist

In looking at the test results for things such as dynamic range and noise, it's apparent to me that the sampling of cameras are all pretty close and any difference between them is mostly academic. The T5i and its older sensor show a bit more noise at higher ISOs than the D5300 but it's not night and day between the two. The D5300 is a great camera, but so are the cameras from the competition. The camera industry is like the car industry, there are subtle differences between the models and some are slightly better than others at some things, but at the end of the day, no one is making a bad camera right now.

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Allison Johnson

Exactly, and that's why sometimes it comes down to things like handling and interface quirks for us. A camera that's more enjoyable to use is less likely to be left at home.

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Artifact

Compared to my old canon rebel XT this camera captures unbelievable amount of details in shadows and highlights. If such things are not important then yeah, you can look at menus and buttons but purely from image quality perspective d5300 has no competition from canon.

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Allison Johnson

Comparing the 24MP D5300 to the 8MP Canon XT is not all that fair of a comparison. And nobody said image quality wasn't important, it's just that the subtleties of usability can make a bigger difference than it seems.

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Don Kiyoti

Consumer grade camera, consumer grade lens, consumer grade photos - then why bother with a professional grade review? As pointed out by Richard Butler below, most folks who buy this camera will never buy another lens. My guess is they'll walk out of Best Buy with it after hearing "Nikons are good."

Given how glacially slow DPReview is at reviewing cameras, and given that there are other cameras waiting for a review that actually merit such a detailed review <cough-K-3-cough> I just don't understand spending so much time and effort on this kind of camera.

(Not that there's anything wrong with consumer grade by the way.)

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KInfinity

I know what you are trying to say, but I disagree. To be constructive, I'll explain. I have a D5200 and 6 lenses. I'm an amateur hobbyist, and I love the D5XXX form factor and price.

FYI, I have friends with D3100's, D5100's and D7100's. I like the D7100 a lot. It has a big, high res screen, autofocus motor, better viewfinder and external flash control. I like that my D5200 has interval mode (time lapse) and support for IR remotes, which the D3100 does not. I also like that the money that I saved with the D5200 went towards lenses.

I like that this D5300 has a 3.2 screen, which is flippable. Sounds like a winner to me. In case your wondering, I can see my next SLR as a D600, so that I can use a 50mm prime and get as much photo real estate as I currently do with my 35mm prime.

Kevin

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DebM

You stated, " I just don't understand spending so much time and effort on this kind of camera" .....because there are many of us who are new to dslr's who appreciate the advice and experience of others who are happy to share their experience and knowledge with us.
That's the reason for spending so much time on "this kind of camera". People new to slr photography (enthusiasts, aspiring photographers, what-have-you) deserve and need the attention JUST AS MUCH as a professional, if not more. This is part of the research, and if you don't need to read it, then why are you?
It would be better to just let us have a place to read what we need to read.

Your arrogance at " there are other cameras waiting for a review that actually merit such a detailed review <cough-K-3-cough>" is unfortunate and a turn-off to those of us who are newbies.

Thank you to all of you who took the time to put in your comments, us newbies appreciate it!

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