Buying an older DX body...A good idea?

Started Jul 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
inlawbiker Senior Member • Posts: 1,523
Re: Buying an older DX body...A good idea?

PhotographyExplorer8321 wrote:

After looking over several camera bodies, I noticed a few deals on older bodies such as the D90 or even D60. Would such a body be a good buy even with its older specs? Any advice if this is feasible on buying lenses that would be compatible with future bodies? (ie avoiding lenses incompatible with current or future models such as D5300).

The fact that there's a unanimous opinion in favor of older DX cameras is pretty telling.  Heck yeah, the older cameras are still good.  Just find your personal point of diminishing returns on value.

Between these two particular models the D90 is more mid-advanced while the D60 is entry level.  While you're doing it you may as well stick with the mid-range models: D80, D90, D7000.

Entry level would be a D5100 - same features as the D60, but much more modern for just a paltry bit more money.

The best AF-S budget lenses are probably the Nikon 18-105mm for around $225 refurbished, and the 35mm f/1.8 DX at around $250.  The 55-200 VR is a good lens too if you want long reach.

Good luck and have fun with it.

 inlawbiker's gear list:inlawbiker's gear list
Nikon D300 Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF Nikon AF Micro-Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D +7 more
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