Hi everyone. Advice and opinions would be very welcome on this one please ....
As I travel quite a bit on business I bought a D60 so that I could bring back some of the sights to family and friends. I chose Nikon at the time so that I could get the 18-200 VR and this has been my one camera - one lens combo for the last couple of years.
This is a great compact kit but obviously has some limitations which have become more of an issue to me over time.
The biggest is low light performance. My sightseeing tends to take place in the evenings - I take what light I can get and rarely have the chance to come back when conditions are "better".
Second is autofocus, in poor light and with only three points there are times when the D60 takes a while to lock on.
Third is being limited to 200mm when i'm out in the hills and want to take shots of wildlife or friends climbing.
I see two ways forward:
1. Get a higher spec. body - For me the reach of DX and smaller size are more important than the abilities of FX. I'm looking at D300s because it looks to be better than the D90 in both of the characteristics that I want to improve.
2. Get (a) faster lens(es) - I've already added a 50mm f1.4 but I could get a used 70-200mm 2.8 VR for similar outlay to a D300s and gain 2 stops on a lot of my shooting that way. It sounds like a great lens - better quality than the 18-200 and adding a 1.7x TC would be the most affordable way to get some extra reach when i'm out in the hills but it's a big addition for airline carry-on.
Which would you do first - put a 70-200mm f2.8 VR1 on my D60 body and upgrade the camera in a couple more years, or buy the D300s and get more use out of my 18-200mm ? Thanks !