Nikon D5100 is it the best value for money?

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  1. Mc

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    Hi All.

    I have been looking around at a few cameras in the entry level DSLR range, and I was just wondering if anyone is using the Nikon D5100 and what you think of it.
    Also if the extra 18-55 and 55-200 kit lenses are worth getting with it.

    The other one that interests me is the Cannon 650D, I'm just not sure if its worth the extra R1500 that it costs compared to the D5100.

    I will be using it for my tank and various other general photography, at the moment I just have a point and shoot camera.

    I will appreciate your advice on these and any similar cameras.
     
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  3. mariusmeyer

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    Both of those are very good cameras. The nikon was launched last year and the canon last month. They are each others direct competitors so their specs will be very similar. Both make exceptional quality lenses with canon having a bigger range.

    But unless you are planning on getting into photography as another hobby I dont think lens choice is a big factor.
     
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    the canon has auto focus in video mode that may actually work, i would go with the canon !
     
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    a camera guy once said expensive camera bad Photographer bad pictures.


    a camera guy once said cheap camera good Photographer Great pictures.
     
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    i have the D5100.
    at the time i bought it last year i was between the canon 600 and the nikon 5100
    i made the mistake of reading a bunch of reviews (confusing as!)
    theses cameras are like for like. the 650D is newer and should be compared to the D5200.

    in all what i found was that the canon had better video capability than the nikon. but nikon claimed to be able to capture 30% more colour in their pictures.
    (can i tell the difference? No. i bet only a select few can)

    in the end the tipping point for me was that i was buying an SLR for its photography use and not its video abilites. (if i wanted to video i'd buy a video camera)
    also, buying nikon i could then make use of my mothers better lenses when i needed them.

    if this is your first step into photography you'll soon learn its not so much about the body as it is about the lenses. - the money is def in the lenses.
    canon lenses are cheaper to buy. (thats not to say they are worse than nikon) - for some reason nikon lenses seem to attract a premium that i cant quite place.

    once you have bought your camera it is very likely you will stay with that make for a good few years. as swapping involves replacing all your good lenses that you have purchased for your current rig for lenses that fit your new camera.
    (something to take into account)

    in total,
    i love my D5100.
    it does everything i need it to, and makes use of its big brothers sensor ( the D7000) which is a peach of a sensor. - and again the tipping point at the time i was buying. (much better than the 600D canon sensor)

    i bought the package deal with the dual lenses. both are good entry level lenses.(not as fast as i would have liked them to be)
    it would have been a perfect kit for me if the 200mm was a 300mm as i do alot of wildlife photography as a hobby.

    i bought from SAcamera in durban?
    they are really good. and i believe shipping is free.
    do yourself a favour and pick up the phone and call shops. often they have a special running that is not displayed on the webpage. these specials are usually on the pack deals and will def save you a few grand.
    again can be a tipping point.

    Hope this helps!
     
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    oh, and the touch screen, bit of a gimmich but it will be nice, you can use it to focus by pressing on the screen which should be usefull
     
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    oh,

    another big thing to take into account is where the focusing motor is located!
    in the camera body or in the lens.

    with the D5100 the motor is not located in the body.
    this means you are basically locked into buying lenses with built in focusing motors in the lens to get a quick pic. - this increases the price of the lense a fair bit.

    i am unsure if the canon if different here, but from what i gather if you want the motor in the camera boddy you gotta be willing to dish out some ZAR.
     
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    no canon dslr has a motor to focus, all the af motors are in the lenses with canon.
     
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    Thanks guys this helps a lot, I understand that lenses are a big part.
    I have also noticed the cannon lenses to be a bit cheaper, maybe because the motor is in the camera?
    I just thought the kit lenses would be a good starting point as I am not sure which other lense I would really use and thought I might be able to figure that out while learning.

    I also don't think I would be using this for video much.
    I might get into photography as a hobby though.

    I have been on sacamera.co.za and was quite impressed with there prices.
    I'm not in a hurry and still need to save up the cash, so I thought I would just look around for now and also see what specials come up.
    I also heard someone saying there are some new cameras due to be launched in september at some big camera show, so I thought I would wait and see what happens.
    That might also cause these cameras prices to drop a bit.
     
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    Canon is expected to launch new cameras before Photokina. But they will be aimed at the semi pro market.
     
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    Do you think there will be a D5200 coming out?
     
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    Im not sure. Im a canon shooter.
     
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    If i look at the time between the 3100 and the 3200 it was around 20 months. That would put the 5200 around november if they use the same time frame. Photokina is in september if i am not mistaken so you might have to wait a while longer.
     
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    Ok cool, I will keep my eyes open.
     
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    Its a very nice lens but if you want to do very close macros then it will be too short. For real close macros you need to look at the 105mm macro lens. But for normal shots of the tank and even a FTS it will be great. It will also be a very nice lens for people portraits and low light shooting.
     
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    Thanks for all the help Marius.
    When you say very close what do you mean? sorry I'm really new to this.

    Another question, where is there a good reasonable camera shop in gauteng, or is it best to just buy online through sacamera or ORM.
     
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    buy from orms
     
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    Take a look at the Tamron 90 mm macro. I've got mine on a Nikon D90. It's tack sharp
     
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    Thanks Greg, that is actually the other lense I was looking at.
    I think the main reasons I am liking the 40mm nikkor is the price and also it will probably be a better general purpose lense.

    Have you got any pics with your Tamron that I could see somewhere?
     
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