Resolved Nikon D3200 or D5100

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by DenBeke, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. DenBeke, Dec 4, 2012
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2012

    DenBeke macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
    Which SLR do you advice for a beginning photographer, the Nikon D3200 or Nikon 5100?

    I don't really see the advantages of both cameras, and I want to buy a camera for the future...

    I will sometimes use it for filming as well.
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Buying a dSLR body "for the future" is the wrong way to think about it. If there is any one peice of gear that "gets old" quickly it is the SLR body.

    Lenses are just the other way around. I have some that are 20+ years old that will work well and are as good as those being sold today. No one can say the same for a SLR body.

    So if you have some fixed sum of cash to "invest" but the best glass you can afford and then the remainer in a body. In the old days of filmbased photography it did make sense to keep a bopy for 10 years or even 20. But those days are gone. Today your big money is tied up in expnsive glass then every so often you upgrade the body.

    Well you do that unless yu are the typical consumer who buys the body with the "kit" lens and then never takes any photos.

    So look at your budget and plan out the next few pieces of equipment you want. Only you'd know if you want a macro lens or a short wide angle "fast" zoom or whatever. Then see which body fits. With SLR gear you have to plan ahead and look at the entire "system".
  3. DenBeke thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2011
    Thanks for the feedback.
    Yesterday I went to the store and bought my Nikon D3200 :)

  4. Caliber26 macrumors 68000


    Sep 25, 2009
    Orlando, FL
    I was also in the same position as you and chose the D3200. I'm very happy with it. If you're just a novice, like me, I guess it doesn't really matter. Although, I will say that after taking some photography classes at my local camera shop, and figuring out what type of photography I want to get into, has given me a whole new outlook on what I want for the future in terms of camera and lenses. Although the 5100 was about $100 cheaper than the D3200, I went with the D3200 because it was released an entire year after the D5100 and the extra megapixels was a plus.

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