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p.2 #1 · p.2 #1 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


drabina wrote:
So the D3100 it is. Thanks for all the replies. Now off to hunt for a nice body.


Cameta has refurbished units, body only for $299 or with the kit lens for $379.



Jan 10, 2013 at 03:28 PM
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p.2 #2 · p.2 #2 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


Thanks for the tip!


Jan 10, 2013 at 03:29 PM
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p.2 #3 · p.2 #3 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


Don't know if it would be good enough, but Keh usually has used D300 bodies pretty cheap. It may be the same sensor as the D90, but better build.


Jan 11, 2013 at 05:10 PM
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p.2 #4 · p.2 #4 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


The OP stated low light pics are important. The OP also stated the interest in a f1.4 lens, obviously to get the best low light performance. The cost of the lens is a big variable.

I feel the newer bodies offer so much better ISO performance, that the answer given should show the best combination of body/lens for the money.

I am only familiar with the cameras I have owned, a D70s and a D7000. Based on my knowledge, I would have to recommend a D7000 and a 50mm f1.8.

Yea, this is a few dollars more, but, averaged over a few years, the D7000 will blow away the older bodies, low light performance wise.

If the OP gave an exact budget, the answer could be simpler, but, that f1.4 lens throws a monkey wrench into the system selection consideration.

Now if bokeh is the reason for the mention of f1.4, maybe a different answer would come up.

Just something else to think about. IMHO



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p.2 #5 · p.2 #5 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


Mmm, good point. A D3100 with a 50/1.4 is probably going to cost more than a D3200 or something like that, coupled with a 50/1.8. And the body's better ISO performance extends to all lenses used with it, plus you get other improvements along with the better body.


Jan 11, 2013 at 07:16 PM
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p.2 #6 · p.2 #6 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


D2h


Jan 17, 2013 at 11:21 PM
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p.2 #7 · p.2 #7 · Older DSLR body - recommendation needed


D3100 and others require the use of AF=S lenses because they have no AF drive motor in the body.


Jan 18, 2013 at 02:39 AM
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