First of all hello to all readers of this forum, i am Nick and live in Greece. I've been reading the site for a long time and recently been reading the forum too. Seeing you have good knowledge and know what's going on in Nikon's market I would like some advice on the following case if you could:
- I know it looks like a usual topic where people ask for what to buy while not clarifying their shooting tendances, but I will be more specifig, I promise. -
My gear is as follows:
Nikon 35Mmm f1.8 G
Nikon 18-55 vr kit lens
Nikon 70-300 G VR
Tamron 17-50 f2.8 with stabilizer
Nikon SB-400 (5k's flash was broken so I bought this for an immediate recover and lightweight)
I treat photography as a hobby but recently Im getting small jobs for a few $$ shooting misc things.
As a hobby Im shooting cats, street photography (including night), portraits of friends, few landscapes, and travel photos. I shoot very often in kinda low light without flash, that's my favourite.
As a more advanced hobby but a way to earn some money too, I am shooting events, like concerts, few sports, more portraits, or photograph products for web sites, and even shoot a band for promotional use in small posters or cd book booklet!
My budget would be up to 1000$ for this holiday session (or until April..), and I am considering three things:
* Get D7000, I feel restricted by the D5000 and need a more solid enthusiast DSLR to help me play on manual and the better AF and ISO performance in which D5000 is bad, plus the built-in motor and 2nd top screen. Also the screen on 5000 is small and low res. The viewfinder I have checked on 7k seems a very good improvement and makes it more enjoyable to shoot. On a last note, I like bigger bodies because of their grip. (+battery grip even better)
* Wait for d7100 (??) or d400 (i ll stay DX for ever, unless i go full pro some day).
* Get some glass, but what I am lacking? A good macro with a lot of light so i can shoot events? A super-wide?
I shoot very often in dark and low light, it's my favourite and I always use the available light except if I work on a club to shoot with the SB900. Finally, I've been shooting with a DSLR since August of 2010 and found out I am liking it every day more and more and want to get to a more professional level when I can and the budget allows.
Thank you for your time reading this,
PS: If i am violating the rules still on a casual thread like that please tell me! I tried to be as specific as I could!