Hello there folks,
I've been a lurker for a few weeks but thought it was time to post and use the NR braintrust :D
I currently own a D50 which I bought in 2006. I've been steadily learning about photography since then, starting out shooting JPG and on Auto... through to now shooting RAW and (still) learning manual settings (currently doing an Intermediate Photography course in the evenings).
My kit consists of:
Nikon 18-55mm (no VR)
Nikon 35mm 1.8 DX
Sigma 70-300 4-5.6
I get pretty good shots out of it but I've felt for a while that the AF points were a bit of a let down, along with significant noise in some lower light shots.
We just got our yearly bonus at work which was slightly more than normal so I've found myself in the position to be able to upgrade my camera and I'm keen to do so soon... here starts the problem...
I'm the kinda guy who keeps my camera for a while to get my moneys worth, so I want something that I can grow into (as I'm still learning)
I really don't want this to turn into another Dxx vs. Dxxx vs. Dxxxx thread but as I see it the camera I'm leaning towards is the D7000.
It's a good price right now with the £80 cash back on body only (and I have a £25 Amazon voucher to spend ;))
So, my question is - after all that - compared to the D50 that I currently own, the D7000 will be an average / good / significant upgrade? ... and will it offer me sufficient room to grow into over and above what the D50 is capable of with the lenses I own?
I'm reading a lot about the impending D7100 but I fear that if/when it is released, it will cost more than the current D7000 and I'll be priced out of the purchase.
The only other consideration would be the D5100, again with some cashback right now but will mean my 70-300 lens will be manual focus only....
Sorry for the long winded post, but I've put a bit of thought into this, buying a camera is a big deal for me and I don't want to be stuck with something outdated or that does not offer anything significant over and above what I have now.
Thank you all in advance for any feedback and thanks for taking the time to read this post!