So I am looking into buying a new camera but am on a budget. I would love to buy the D700, but I can't afford that right now. So I am trying to decide between the D90 and the D300s. Right now I have the D5000 kit with the two lenses, 18-55 & the 55-200. I really like landscape photography and the D5000 has seemed to do well so far. I am just at the point where I need to upgrade now because of kids or other expensive things on the horizon. My husband would then start learning how to use the D5000 and we can make this a hobby we can do together. Which means we will be sharing lenses so I would want to buy at least one more. Any suggestions on if it is worth it to buy the D300s over the D90?
D90 vs D300s(5 posts) (5 voices)
My guess is that there are dozens of threads that address buying a camera (which one?) already, but a unique things in your post that is sharing lenses for a couple that is sort of interesting.
I have the D90 and like it a lot. I don't think you'll get more photography with the D300s. Some are going to suggest the D7000 (which I also have and like a lot), but again, it's more expensive. It has more range and you do get better images (slightly).
Sharing lenses within a couple works well. You'll need to figure out what you can share and what you can't. I would recommend two bags and two tripods (if you do longer exposures). The rest of it just depends upon how the two of you shoot.
I would also recommend that each of you have a 'common' lens for the camera. A stock 18-55mm refurbished is just over a $100 and works great. It's sharp and I have one and use it as much or more than my 17-55mm lens that costs hundreds more.
You seem to be on a budget (aren't we all?), and that will go against some advice you'll get. For landscape, I think I'd look to a wide zoom. I have a Nikon 10-24mm, but I'm not so sure but what I'd get a Tokina 11-16mm now. I'm considering it for myself. It's an f2.8 which would be faster. Some guys here have it Tao-Jared is one and I'll let him speak up if he wants (and the thread remains open). I have a lot of respect for his (and many others') options here, so hopefully, you'll get some ideas.
Don't forget flash. The new SB700 seems to be working out well. I don't have it. I do have several of the SB800s and SB900s. Learn how to use the Creative Lighting System. It's cool.
With landscape as your main interest, you would be best advised to wait a while and spend that money on the Tokina 11-16mm f2.8. The D300s is a great camera but will not offer you any worthwhile advantage in landscape use.
What Mike said really.
I had the D5000 and have the D90 and have to say that you will notice no real difference other than the better handling offered by having more direct access buttons, but again - for landscape, it will not be a huge gain. I am waiting for my 11-16 to arrive (supplier sent c*n*n fit!). Can't wait.
If you can list what your D5000 cannot do that you want a camera to do, you will have your answer. And, FYI - the 5000/90/300s all share the same (or virtually the same) sensor.
Please do a forum search. There are two other threads already comparing these models. One thread has four pages worth of posts.
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