I don't understand why people are debating on whether to buy such cameras as the D3100 or the D5000, or even the anticipated D5100? To my knowledge, these cameras are at the bottom of Nikon's SLR list. For instance, it's my understanding that those lower-level cameras don't even have focusing motors and barely work with lots of Nikon's lenses. I am in no way trying to bash these cameras, so I apologize if seemingly coming off that way. I'm just taken aback by the numerous posts I see related to those lower-level cameras. In my opinion, I'm debating between the beautifully brand new D7000 and the D300s.
If you guys would allow, I'd like to share a bit of my personal experience as a pseudo-photographer as to not seem to be talking out of the side of my neck. About five or so years ago I started out with a film Canon as to learn photography rather than take advantage of it. I also took a few dark room classes and digital photography/photoshop classes. I then upgraded to the Nikon D60 when it had first come out. I knew I wasn't ready for the big boys so I stuck with the entry level cameras. I purchased a D70 to get a taste of a higher-level camera, even if it was old and discontinued. I didn't like it. I think it was because of it's age. But, I bought myself the D90. I loved it. I've had it since it first came out, I do believe. Now I'm ready to upgrade again. I would LOVE to get the D700 for it's full frame sensor, but I feel like it's outdated and will henceforth be replaced soon. So I considered the D300s... before I heard about the D7000. Now those two cameras are battling it out. I love everything about both of them!
So I guess the point of this post is to ask two things:
One, what is it about the D3100, D5000, and the apparently anticipated D5100 that has everyone asking about them?
Two, which would you guys recommend: the D7000 or D300s?
Thanks for your time!