Hopefully I'll have a chance to go out tomorrow and shoot with it. Looking at it and it's features, it seems like a great companion to my D300.
So I got my D90 today(18 posts) (7 voices)
Great news! I got my D90 (and 16-85) as well.
How sweet it is!!!!
Congrats Gentoo. Time to start saving for that D700 lol.
... and all the new lenses :D
Someone has been lucky, isn’t he?
We all hope D90 will serve you well as it should.
gentoo - I'm happy with Your happiness, can't wait to see some new bird pictures taken with it!
gentoo - I was soo happy with Your happiness that I actually got my this camera today (got a really good deal), and so far I can say AF speed is acceptable, IQ is great. Will take it on a longer test this weekend and share my experience.
Should we rename the forum to Nikon D90 forum?
Congrats D90 owners! I've bought my D90 upon release and have snapped over 10,000 shots and lots of family videos. It's a truly remarkable camera. The D90 is the perfect outdoor day-tripper for me (using the 18-200mm VR) which does everything and is easy to carry and is a low burden on the shoulder/neck.
Other things that made me really happy with the D90:
- Battery life is awesome - hammers all day long (Nikon says 850 clicks with flash!).
- The built-in flash is excellent (compared to other built-in flashes). Used as CLS master is a real bonus!
- The picture control modes really brings the photos to life. Eg. Vivid mode properly shows nice rich colors.
- The video quality is much better than P&S videos - but needs time to get the hang of it (manual focus etc).
- Fast frame rate - 4.5 fps - I shot racing cars going are a corner - all came out clear.
- AF Motor - now you can buy a cheap 50mm f1.8 and it works really good for indoor portraits!
- Another thing thing overlooked is the LCD screen - it is amazing quality! + having a top mono LCD saves battery and time.
- SD Cards! Cheaper to buy and easier to transfer images to laptop's built-in card reader.
- The build quality and grip is excellent - never dropped it (touch wood!)
- Its easy to cuddle under my pillow at night - just kidding! =).
I am so pleased to choose Nikon - they are leaps ahead of the competition in terms of design and ergonomics.
I've gotten used to the AF. All I had to do is set it differently than what I might use on my D300. This is now the camera I take to work with me as I like carrying it around in my pack.
check this out:
This was with my trusty 70-200mm2.8 which is all I need at work. Yes the bird is wild but fairly tame. Tow things I need to fix, one is I need capture NX2 so I can use RAW with it. The other is I cannot get the videos to play or upload in photobuckets video uplaod. I don't really work with video so I'm sure there's something simple I overlooked.
congrats on your acquisition too :)
Gentoo - thats a very nice and sharp bird image. It also pays to have a decent lens. Is the 70-200 harder to hold still on the D90 compared with a D300/700 body? Or is your 70-200 a VR lens?
It's a VR lens. As far as being harder, I'd say it's just different. I tend to adapt my grip to whatever I'm using at the time. For example, on the D300 I tend to shoot with my middle finger but on the D90 I use my index finger. Both feel equally comfortable to me perhaps because I have dexterous long fingers.
Video is another matter. That may require some to be finger contortionist!
I found with video, that a larger focus ring is better for fine tuning the focus. For example, the 24-70 has a better focusing ring because it is a much larger lens than the kit lens and therefore better to control.
The 70-200 is a big lens too. It's just the combination of zooming and focusing will take some getting used to. I really want the 24-70 as well.
Any idea how to get the videos to be recognized by video players and photobucket so I can share them?
I just had a look and it seems OK to just upload the AVI file straight from the D90.
Hmm must be some other issue I'm having then.
more feedback on my d90
- it's visibly smaller than d200, and therefore if You have big hands it doesn't fits as good - balances better with shorter lenses - 24-70 - perfect combo, with 70-200+tc it needs grip (at least for me)
- IQ in high iso is really good - at least two stops from my d200
- smaller file size, on d200 I got 15mb files, now with higher resolution I got only 10mb - I guess that d90 by default compresses the image (anyone know a way to turn off the compression)
- less number of buttons - it's really ain't a problem as You can customize some of them to suite Your needs
- as for videos I don't have any problems with opening them on mac
so far, really nice walk around camera, good as a second body, as for handling d200 is much better, IQ quite similar on base ISO, much better once You cross iso 800, AF speed very similar
I figured out my video issue. I wasn't copying it correctly. lol
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