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Old Dec 12, 2011, 12:57 PM   #1
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Hello, just joined a few minutes ago, I am wanting to get into digital photography and only one I've had is a Canon A590is point and shoot which was O.K. but I really want an SLR. At present time the only camera I have that I use on a regular basis is the Nikon N8008s which alot of you know was new around the 1990 era. I turn 50 next year and asked my wife when we get our income tax if I can get a nice camera and I think she is O.K. with it. I've read on Cnet and other different sites on the reviews of each and the 7000 came out tops each time, the only thing is, is that if I buy the 5100 I can get alot more attachments for the price of the 7000. I am not an expert or professional, however I am not a complete novice either, I want a camera where I can use some of the old Nikon lenses I already have been using and a camera where I won't go out in the next 3-5 years and have to and buy a bigger camera. I mainly like doing nature and wildlife photos, old houses and buildings, and of course family pictures. I don't do telephoto shots necessarily mainly due to the financial issue on the price of the lenses. I just want a camera to grow into, however will do what I want with the best quality photos. Thanks
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Old Dec 12, 2011, 2:50 PM   #2
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Hi- and welcome.
The two cameras you mention have quite different specs',as I'm sure you're aware.
However,please be aware that the D5100 can only use AF-S and AF-I lenses for auto-focus- as the D5100 has no in-body focus motor,unlike the D7000- which can autofocus with the above PLUS older Nikkor lenses without in-lens focus motors.

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Old Dec 15, 2011, 7:15 AM   #3
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If your old Nikon lens are auto focus (AF) and the focal length is good for your need (Don't forget to add .5 to your calculation) I would pick the D7000.
I picked the D5100 over D7000 because I have a small hand, the image is the same and I don't have any old Nikon lens.

Based on your current requirement. I am recommending D7000 with the 35MM F1.8 AF-S lens as your starting point. The 35MM F1.8 lens is very sharp.
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 8:14 AM   #4
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Well I have the D7000 & the D5000 and there is NO comparison if you want to shoot birds in flight. D7000 is far superior in focusing speed, low light shots etc. To me, the extra money spent for the D7000 is far worth it.
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Hi jack55.

I thought the 5100 was the first time this series had that same sensor as the D7000 & that the image quailty was considered to be the same (and some said even better ISO performance with the 5100).

It was my impression that the 5100 was not just a basic upgrade from the 5000 and that the performance of the 5100 was much better than the 5000.

I could be wrong, but that was my understanding...
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The 16MP D5100 and the 16MP D7000 do indeed use the same sensor, and objective test measurements for SNR and Dynamic range are almost identical (with the D7000 having a slight edge) and both are better than the 12MP D5000.
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Old Dec 26, 2011, 4:35 PM   #6
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Without question, the D7000 is a better camera, but that's not because of the sensor.
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Without question, the D7000 is a better camera, but that's not because of the sensor.
No argument there...
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The biggest thing, and one that has been mentioned is the difference in the lenses that are auto focus compatible.

Although the D5100 may be cheaper NOW, the D7000 will save you in the long run. The number of lenses that you will be able to use is out of this world.

I have the D5000, and I am planning on getting the D7000 very soon because I will be able to buy better lenses for lower prices because I do not NEED the Af-s always. Also, I will be able to get the Tokina lenses (11-16 and 100mm) that I have been wanting. Right now I am considering them even with the D5000 not being able to auto focus with that lens, but the D7000 works with ALL AF lenses since 1984 (I believe thats the year).
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How common is the "oil on sensor" problem with the D7000?
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How common is the "oil on sensor" problem with the D7000?
Fairly common... I've had it on mine. Irritating!
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