Change up from D90 to D5100?

Started Jul 30, 2012 | Discussions thread
OP BHPhotog Contributing Member • Posts: 812

I picked up a D5100 package with the 18-55 and 55-300, partially to see how these lenses perform on my D90, as well as the D5100, when compared to my current 18-105.

First, the D5100 is a genuine upgrade in everything except the VF, but then I didn't expect that a mirror would match up well with a pentaprism. Other than that, it's faster, sharper, better AF and just well sorted out; and the articulated screen is a joy to use and better than I could have hoped for.

But the lens combinations surprised me: I assumed the 18-55 would be good, and a good fit for the smaller, lighter D5100 body, but the 18-105 is superior. I assumed that higher resolution would show its shortcomings but it seems to bring out the best in the lens. In turn, the 18-55 is better on the D90 than it is on the D5100.

Yes, I know there are too many variables to account for, but this is a subjective evaluation and, to my eye and in prints up to A3 size, the D5100 + 18-105 is an excellent combination. A bit heavy and unbalanced on the smaller body, but workable.

My guess I'll sell the D90 body with the 18-55 and use the 18-105.

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