I am new to all of this and I have been shopping for a Nikon for about 2 months. In regards to the price increase that just occurred on at least some of the more entry level DSLRs: Do you guys think that prices will go back down soon or is it more likely that another price increase will come through? Any educated guesses?
Price Increase Question(24 posts) (9 voices)
Hard to say.
The most recent increase on the D90 was, I believe, to put some space between it and the D5000. Before the D5000 Nikon had a gap in their product line which the 5000 fills nicely. I think you may even see another hike in a few weeks on the D90.
As for the rest of them, I've been predicting a cut for about a month now and have so far been wrong. The dollar \ yen exchange rate (if you are not American pay no attention to this) has leveled off between 98 & 100 yen:dollar. That's much higher than the low, but we'll have to see if Nikon passes the savings on to us or just pockets it. If it happens, it will happen this quarter.
Otherwise, you probably won't see cuts until the holiday season.
The D300 went up as well and I believe someone or a thread mentioned even the D40 increased slightly. I think the D5000 has a lot to do with it. Increasing the D90 put it just slightly closer to the D300 so it went up just slightly. If the price gap between the D5000 and D40 is to huge, they may not sell many D5000's. Pure speculation on my part here. It's just the only way my brain is able to make sense of it.
I doubt D90 price will be increased again, or not by higher percentage than all other models if it comes to that.
On the other hand D5000 price will surely decrease in a months to come.
Nikon offering is currently missing a model between D60 and D5000, and that gap will most probably be filled.
Thank you everyone.
I still think the D60's days are numbered.
Probably. We might see a less sophisticated D5000- no tilt screen, no video, just the 12 megapixel sensor, same body for less.
With Nikon raising their prices on what seems like an every two week or so basis,a lot of us are having to wait them out,in the hope that rebates will come back. What if the shoe were on the other foot and all of us Nikon shooters refused to buy bodies or glass for six months or so. How long do you think that they could wait us,the consumers out?
Without laying people off, not long.
I'm in - let's boycott nikon for 6 months, to see a price reduction.
So, I'm also new to SLRs and I've been looking through reviews on Entry level cameras. I've read a lot about the pros and cons of the D40/D40x/D60 and upwards but have got my eye fixed on the D60. I'd like to buy it right now, were it not for potential new releases coming out.
Should I wait and see what happens or just get out there and buy the D60?!
If you really really want a D60 I think you should wait an extra half a year or couple of months. It'll probably get phased out.
But if I were you, I'd pick up a D80 for about the same price. Maybe with no lens, but pick up a 35mm 1.8 for cheap.
I am so torn. I, like TeddyG am looking to buy a D60 for my first DSLR. I keep stalking rumor sites and forums waiting for a replacement to be announced and for the price on the D60 to drop, but instead it has gone steadily up in the 3 months I have been watching - on Amazon anyway who has the best price. I know there are better entry levels out there, but my budget really won't allow me to go much higher, certainly not up to a D90. I have tried to think about buying a body only like NSXType-R suggests but I really do not know enough about lenses yet to know what to buy. I can wait a little longer, but would really like to own the camera long enough to be able to somewhat understand and use it by September when my 3rd child will be born because living life with a newborn, a 2 year old and a 6 year old is probably not the ideal condition to learn new skills.
NSXType-R: I have not looked too much into the D80, could you please explain to me why you would recommend it over the D60 and also a little more info on your lens recommendation so I can price it out?
Again, thank you everyone. This forum is amazing.
Jessi - what is Your budget, than we gonna be able to help You better, and what kind of photography You like.
If I were in your position I'd grab the D40 off amazon (about $350 w/ kit lens). Its cheaper than many point and shoots, and the results will be so obviously better that its a no-brainer. If you want to make prints that are bigger than your new-born, then by all means grab the D60, but you aren't really getting a much better camera. The extra money would be better spent on a second lens.
If you also want to make movies of your kids, you can spend a little more than twice as much and get the D5000. Of course you could keep the extra money and buy a cam-corder and get better results.
If you want to turn your kids playground into an HDR Hellscape, then you will want a D90 or better. The D90 will also give you about 5% more resolution than the D60.
If you want to shoot pictures of your kid in near darkness, you really need to start thinking FX. The D700 is probably your best bet. Of course if you need action shots of your kid in near darkness, the Higher FPS of the D3 will come in handy.
If you want to make art and sell it in galleries, sell your kid on the black-market and buy a D3x. Or keep the kid and get a D40 which is also more than capable of capturing some fantastic images. Its also one of Nikon's easiest cameras to learn on.
I think what Nikon is doing asinine!
I remember seeing a D90 almost 9 months ago at $834. .and thought, hmmm, maybe I should get it. . .it hasn't hit that price since, and has only gone up to $899 or beyond!
What that's forced me to do is buy lenses on the cheap - I pre-ordered and purchase both the 35 1.8 and 50 1.4 for $199 and $394 respectively (using google checkout, got $5 off!).
Just recently, I have been tracking the 14-24mm when it was $1469 - and then it went up. I continue to hope it'll come down from the absurd $1700 price range.
The 17-55 f 2.8 was in might sights, and dropped last week to $1199 on Adorama, so I snagged it up - got a great copy, and the price coincidentally went up this week to $1250!!
The bulk of my lenses are done, just need a 14-24mm and either a 105 f/2 (~$1000 USD) or 70-200/80-200 ($1000-1800 USD). . .haven't figured out which, but thankfully all of them will work DX/FX.
And then a cheap/used D700!
Everyone, thank you for your specific information.
I know there isn't a huge difference between the D40 and D60, and initially I was planning on a D40. Then I started reading about dust reduction, and more megapixels allowing for larger prints (I would like to print 8 x 10s and have them look great) and I started thinking that maybe the D60 would be a better idea. I also swear I thought I read something about image stabilization or "anti-shake" or something in the D60 and that sounded really good, although now to be honest I can't seem to find any info about that and am wondering if I imagined it.
Budget - this is a bad year as a 3rd kid means we need to buy a minivan. I really would prefer not to go above the $500-$600 I would need to the D60. A different year I could probably more than double that but I just don't feel comfortable at this point and to be honest, I don't want to wait a year to buy.
What I like to shoot - to be honest, I will take pictures of my kids because I love them and I like to have good photos of them. But that aside, as far as what really interest me, it is nature and architecture shots.
With all of this in mind, should I really be looking at a D40 and getting more lenses or stick with the D60 plan and use the kit lens for about a year until I can start adding new ones?
I was also told that I could "grow into" a D60 more...
Dust reduction only matters if you are changing lenses, and even then it doesn't matter very much. The main reason to get a D60 vs. a D40 is for the pixels. The D40 won't have any trouble with 8X10's, but I'm not sure I would print much larger than that with 6mp's. Check out http://www.bythom.com/printsizes.htm for more detail on that.
Personally, I look at most of my pictures on the computer these days. Even with a 24inch iMac screen set to it's max resolution, I still can't view my D40's images at 100%, so for me 6 is enough.
In the D40's favor, it has a higher flash sync speed which may never matter to you, but if you use flash during daylight (which can be important to avoid that racoon-eye effect) higher flash sync speed is better.
Feature-wise, the two cameras are identical. I happen to prefer the directional pad button on the D40 because its easier to press (The D60 has the same mushy button that's on my D80). Otherwise, you'd never know which camera was which until you exported the shots to your computer and saw the larger file sizes. There isn't really anything to grow into on it beyond the pixels.
"The D60 has the same mushy button that's on my D80"
Those cameras have that awful thing as well? The D300 has that. I hate it.
Jessi - with Your budget go for the d40 with nikon 18-55 and 55-200 vr lenses, currently $699 at B&H, and You will be more than happy with the results, as both d40 and those two lenses are a good piece of equipment. With 6Mpx You will be able to print 8x10 withouth any problems.
Wow... just did a quick check, Cameta has a referbrished D40 for $270. You could get the camera and both lenses for $533 (non-vr)
One other thing. If you are going to be shooting your kids, you really ought to consider saving up for the 18-200. The lens has some issues (well documented in this forum) but it really is the ultimate lens for shooting kids in unpredictable situations. No need to worry about fumbling around changing lenses all the time.
The reason why I suggested the D80 was because of your budget. But yeah, I think the D40 should be enough for you, like everyone else said.
I would buy a Canon P&S untill Nikon DSLR prices drop.............Nah......just kidding, actually D40 and D60 prices are not that bad right now,and I doubt that even a D3X could make your kids look any more beautiful to you than they already are.
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