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Old Mar 17, 2010, 10:28 PM   #61
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Hi there, Jack-

I own the D-90, but I really don't use it very much because it is so darned big. The D-5000 is certainly the better choice.

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I recently bought a D40x off of Craigslist, because it appears that my sister has decided that my D40 is now hers. I was surprised at how much smaller the D40/D40x than my, admittedly gripped, D90.
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there is a big difference that people do not realize, they are built different, and you can tell the price difference before you even take a shot.
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When I upgraded from the D40 I chose the D90 over the D5000 because of the LCD Screen on top of the camera, amongst other things.

I have found that having my settings on top makes life a hell of a lot easier.
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Yes, indeed, Kurt-

The physical size difference between the D-40 and the D-90 is sizable.

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I didn't think that much of it when I went from my D40 to the D90, but going backwards makes it really clear how tiny the D40/D40x is. Almost a one hand camera.
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Having the D200 first with the MB200 grip made this thing a monster but I could shoot all day without dealing with battery changes and using it in portrait grip made it much easier to work with. It has noise issues at the higher iso though. The D40 is light in comparison and great for high speed sync flash use. I would love a motor drive in a D5000 (I am aware it doesn't have one). It would basically be the only DSLR I would ever use. The D90 with the 80-200mm 2.8 AF-D has been a blast to use.
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When I upgraded from the D40 I chose the D90 over the D5000 because of the LCD Screen on top of the camera, amongst other things.

I have found that having my settings on top makes life a hell of a lot easier.
Nope, not for me. I had the top LCD screen on the Pentax K20D I had and found that I don't miss it at all with the D5000 as there is so much more info on the tilting LCD. I simply tilt it so I can see it with ease whenever I shoot.

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I would love a motor drive in a D5000 (I am aware it doesn't have one). It would basically be the only DSLR I would ever use. The D90 with the 80-200mm 2.8 AF-D has been a blast to use.
The D5000 shoots at 4 fps
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Nope, not for me. I had the top LCD screen on the Pentax K20D I had and found that I don't miss it at all with the D5000 as there is so much more info on the tilting LCD. I simply tilt it so I can see it with ease whenever I shoot.

The D5000 shoots at 4 fps

I agree. I still have and use a D300 as my main camera, and like the top lcd. I thought not having it would be a big problem, and it turned out to be a non issue. Much of that info is in your viewfinder/lcd screen and I find I don't miss it all.
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Nope, not for me. I had the top LCD screen on the Pentax K20D I had and found that I don't miss it at all with the D5000 as there is so much more info on the tilting LCD. I simply tilt it so I can see it with ease whenever I shoot.

The D5000 shoots at 4 fps
I wasn't referring to fps at all. I was referring to the fact I could use all my lenses on the D5000 if it had a motor drive in it like my D200's and D90. Nevertheless, I am very thankful and fortunate to have what I do have and enjoy this hobby as much as I do.
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Sorry for reviving this aging thread, but it is interesting to read. I am once again faced with a similar choice, having used both.

My main reason for buying the D90 was how it felt, which is of course a very important consideration - the size, shape and weight of the D90 is perfect for my hands whereas both the D5000 and Canon 500D are noticeably smaller and feel "icky". Also had a hold of the Canon 50D and WHOA, that's a camera and a half. I have a lot of thinking to do!
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