Nikon D90 vs D5000

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  1. uaecasher macrumors 65816

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    Hello,

    I was wondering what's the pros and cons of D5000? I mean it's 250$ more that D90 and from what I can see the D5000 is better than D90
     
  2. Hls811 macrumors 6502a

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    Its not necessarily better, its very similiar.

    I just upgraded my D60 to a D5000 and considered the D90, the differences I saw between the 2 weren't substantial enough to get the D90, and in the long run would have cost me more.

    I am thrilled with the D5000. The only feature I would like to have is the higher resolution screen from the D90, but that wasn't worth the upgrade to me. the D90 also has a 2nd screen for viewing settings, a nice feature and something most seasoned SLR shooters will appreciate since the higher-end cameras all have it.

    When it came down to making a decision 3 things swayed me:
    1) The swivel screen. While its a novelty to some, I enjoy having it and in the week+ I've had the D5000 I've used it twice, so its worth it.

    2) The Extra scene modes. I'm still very amateur when it comes to SLR's. I am learning what I can about manual settings but still like the comfort of the built in modes, and the D5000 just had more. I may never use them all, but they are there just in case.

    3) No need for me to re-buy batteries. Coming from a D60, I already purchased my spares and the D5000 uses the same one (although updated, but still compatible).

    Again, I don't think the D90 is better - I doubt you'd see a difference in image quality between the 2 simply because the "guts" of the camera are the same. Decide what you prefer.. a swivel screen or a higher resolution screen. A smaller camera or a slightly larger one with a 2nd LCD...
    And as most everyone will say - if you still can't decide, go to a store, pick up both and see which feels better for you.
     
  3. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

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    Remember - the D5000 does not have an in-body focus motor.
     
  4. uaecasher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    what do you mean by in-body focus motor?
     
  5. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

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    He means that lenses that aren't af-s or af-i won't autofocus on the lenses, which in the long run can be more expensive when purchasing lenses. Lenses with built in motor are more expensive than ones that aren't.
     
  6. uaecasher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    but in nikon site:

    "11-point Autofocus System with 3D Focus Tracking
    Fast and accurate autofocus delivers razor sharpness."

    how is that possible
     
  7. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

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    d5000 doesn't have the build in motor to auto focus with Non-Af-S lenses.
    it's more worth it to go for the d90. more choice of lenses
     
  8. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    Not having a built-in motor doesn't mean the camera can't autofocus, it just means it can only autofocus lenses that do have a built-in motor.
     
  9. OCSpersonel macrumors regular

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    if you are an insainly good photographer who does photography for a living, go for the D5000
    otherwise, why not just get the D90 that can shoot HD video???
    my D50 still takes amazing pictures and its been discontinued
     
  10. telecomm macrumors 65816

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    The D5000 is below the D90 in Nikon's product line (the OP has probably mixed up the prices). Both shoot (mediocre, from the sounds of it) HD video.
     
  11. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    D90 Owner

    As a D90 owner, I went to a local Photostore and test shot the D5000. Ok granted, I only used it for about 20 minutes but there are a LOT of things different than the D90. The D5000 is more along the consumer line and "pro features" are missing. While the sensor might be the same, a lot of things are not.

    I would argue that the D5000 goes more towards the Entry level (D40/60) and the D90 is the little brother of the D300. many people will argue that the top LCD screen, the superior rear LCD screen, the two selection wheels (front and back) and the viewfinder as well as the autofocus motor might not be THE thing to have, but to be honest. I could not live without them...

    However, as it is reviewed here: http://www.franknuernberger.de/blog_fotograf_berlin/?p=432
    it is a very capable camera. Still if you have the additional coupe of hundred buck you DO get what you pay for in the D90...

    just my 2 c
     
  12. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    For the vast majority of people, I don't think this matters. Nikon hasn't released a lens that didn't have a built in motor since somewhere around 2003.

    The move to in-lens motors is mostly due to the fact that they generally provide much faster AF tracking than in-body motors.

    If you really want the widest variety of Nikkor lenses to choose from, you need to buy a higher-end camera like the D300, D700, D3/x.
     
  13. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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  14. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    Wrong. The D90 is more if a semi-pro camera while the D5000 is a Novice entry level camera for people who rather use AUTO mode.
     
  15. nizmoz macrumors 65816

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    :confused: :eek:

    D90, D300, D700, and so on all have access to all the lenses. The D80 and below do not have this ability.
     
  16. peapody macrumors 68040

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    Sorry, D80 auto focuses all as well.
     
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  18. ScubaDuc macrumors 6502

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    But.... If I am not mistaken, the D5000 supports metering with old AI lenses while I seem to recall that the D90 does not.

    Is that correct? :confused:
     
  19. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    shamelessly copied from the DPREVIEW forum , and verified in my own user manual:
    "According to p 87 of the user manual, The D90 will meter with non-CPU lenses off the central focus point when set to spot metering (manual mode only I would assume). Has anyone tried this?"
     
  20. ScubaDuc macrumors 6502

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    Yes, so it should, but there is this footnote (11) on the lens compatibility chart that states "Electronic analog display cannot be used" If I cannot read the exposure, what good is it :confused:

    I have a rather substantial kit of legacy AI lenses from the old F3 and F2 years I'd hate not to use :rolleyes:
     
  21. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    and you think the D5000 will do this?, I highly doubt it.. but of course i can be wrong...:)
     
  22. OCSpersonel macrumors regular

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    OOPS! haha i havent looked at nikons product line since the D90 came out, i just assumed the higher number was more advanced, sorry!
     
  23. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    Yet ironically your original comment still contains truth. A D5000 in the hands of a skilled photographer can shoot circles around a D3x in the hands of someone who doesn't know what they're doing. A better camera will not make you a better photographer.

    Re: the autofocusing, having an internal AF motor can be nice if you have a large stock of old lenses, or would have interest in purchasing older lenses used at very good prices and getting superior optical quality from them. Otherwise, it is highly unlikely Nikon will ever make another non AF-S lens in the future, thus if you only intend to buy recent or new lenses, lack of an internal focusing meter will not really be a problem. My D80 has an internal screw-drive focusing meter and it can autofocus using older lenses.

    Ruahrc
     
  24. peapody macrumors 68040

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    Sorry, the D80 has a built in internal focus motor. That is why it is able to auto focus AF lenses...be careful of your absolute statements!

    I'd have to agree with westsideguy. These days nikon is pushing out newer technologies and while you are limiting yourself in the lenses you can use with the D5000, some of the top notch lenses out there have incorporated VR and dust reducing technologies that are desirable anyway. I can see the limitations for D5000 users if they are looking to get legacy lenses or perhaps lower cost AF lenses such as the 50mm 1.8.
     

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