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Old Oct 20, 2009, 9:07 PM   #1
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Hello
I currently own a Canon S2IS which I bought in 2006.
I want to upgrade to a better camera as I am not satisfied with the output of S2IS in low light. Whenever I visit any museum or any other indoor place, the images are not good. Same for the evening pics.
I was looking at Nikon D5000.
What do you think about it or do you have any other suggestion?

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Old Oct 20, 2009, 10:06 PM   #2
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Hi there, Aby-

Welcome to the Forum!

Thanks for your post but we too need a bit of information as well.

A lot of DSLR camera selection really depends on these factors:
(1) What budget have you allowed for your new DSLR camera?
(2) Are you looking for an entry level, or above DSLR camera? The D-5000 is above entry level.
(3) The photo uses you specify might require multiple lenses would you:
(a) be willing to begin with just the kit lens?
(b) additional lenses will later. Are you OK with that?
(4) How many numerically high ISO/low light shots will you be taking?
(5) Will you be making:
(a) large prints?
(b) small prints, 5" X 7" and smaller?
(6) How important is IS to you?
(7) Where do wide angle shots factor into the photos that you shoot?
(8) Will your new DSLR camera kit include an external flash?
(9) Do you favor one DSLR camera brand over another? You mentioned Nikon, will you consider others?
(10) Ideally what mp DSLR camera are you looking for now?

Thanks in advance for providing some more information. Have a great day.

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Old Oct 20, 2009, 10:25 PM   #3
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Thanks for quick response. Here are the answers:

(1) What budget have you allowed for your new DSLR camera?
800 - 900$
(2) Are you looking for an entry level, or above DSLR camera? The D-5000 is above entry level.
(3) The photo uses you specify might require multiple lenses would you:
Yes, Additional lens later
(4) How many numerically high ISO/low light shots will you be taking?
I prefer to keep the ISO low. Anything above 200 starts giving me grains in S2IS. Not sure what will be the response with a better camera
(5) Will you be making:
Usually 5x7 but posterize some
(6) How important is IS to you?
It is pretty much important. I usually carry a 12 inch tripod with me.
(7) Where do wide angle shots factor into the photos that you shoot?
Not very often. But I carried wide angle lens when I visited Egypt
(8) Will your new DSLR camera kit include an external flash?
No
(9) Do you favor one DSLR camera brand over another? You mentioned Nikon, will you consider others?
Yes I can consider others too. But would avoid anyone with AA batteries!
(10) Ideally what mp DSLR camera are you looking for now?
More than 10.
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Old Oct 20, 2009, 10:41 PM   #4
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Aby

Many thanks for the added information.

Please keep in mind that DSLR cameras, due to the much larger physical size of their imager, do not suffer a loss of image quality when the ISO setting is numerically increased.

That broadens you possible choice of DSLR cameras substantially. At that price level you can consider the Canon T-1, the Sony A-700, the Nikon D90, the Olymous E-620, and the Pentax KX DSLR cameras. I would encourage you to examine that field of DSLR cameras, paying close attention to specifications and features, so that you can say that you examined the entire field before making a final DSLR choice.

Please do not get me wrong. Nikon is a very reputable brand of DSLR cameras. The Nikon D-90 would give you a wider choice of lenses. The D-5000 is limited to AF-S type lenses only. Each of the DSLR cameras listed have pluses and minuses, my hope is to get you to see the entire field.

Have a great day.

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