need advice on new camera

Started Nov 2, 2012 | Discussions thread
mrbr Senior Member • Posts: 2,901
Re: need advice on new camera

Gordon Ripley wrote:

Yesterday at a photo exhibit (mine) I promised an amateur photographer that I'd recomend a new camera for him. Problem is that I am a D800 and a D3s user who has limited knowledge of the newer entry level SLR cameras. My first thought was a D7000 with a 18-200 walk around lens. However, once I started looking I got quickly confused. I read up a little on the new D3200 and also was curious about the D5100 as well. Can anyone please give me something to consider based upon knoweledgable comparisons between the cameras at that end of the spectrum? I think he would like to keep the price down to $1000 or less. Thanks for your help. Please only consider cameras that are now available. I know that there are new ones coming (there are always new ones coming).



The camera is for an "amateur pothographer" , thus not a beginner i presume.

I also presume he decided to buy a DX system ( and not a mirrorless m3/4 or CX  system ) .

IMO this rules out the entry level camera bodies ( d3100, d3200 ). This  leaves the D90 ( older technology ) , the D5100 and the D7000.

If you want the price under $1000 ( body + lens + flash(?) ) the D90 and D5100 are obvious candidates.

IMO the "amateur photograph" should go to a camerashop and feel these 2 camera's with the lens of his choice before he makes a decision ( earlier responses describe the main differences between these bodies , but you can find reviews on this site, the website of Thom Hogan and Kenrockwell as well if you want more info. ).

For DX lens choice :

Thom Hogan gives a good overview in


Another opinion :

I hope this gives you the information you asked for.

my photos (examples, see dpreview galleries):

 mrbr's gear list:mrbr's gear list
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Fujifilm FinePix F30 Zoom Nikon D5100 Nikon D7200 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR +6 more
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