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Old Jun 4, 2013, 4:26 PM   #11
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Not really, what he wrote was open ended, with just a splash on the astronomy stuff. My answer was simply address what was pointed out. Since there is no dedicated photography type. My answers is get the camera system with the most options out there, so if one does developed a photography need. The system will have the lenses one needs. Other options do not have the options that N and C offers, and both can do the astro stuff as well.
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What are your feelings on used lenses? Not talking about buying off ebay, but a proper shop like the London Camera Exchange for example.
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I buy used and refurbished lenses all the time. They are a good way of getting a good lens and saving some money.
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There are plenty of good sources for used lenses, including both the London Camera Exchange and eBay.
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Well having done loads of research I think I am leaning towards the D3200. Not sure I can justify the near 200 extra for the 5200. Swivel screen would be nice but is the 39 point AF really worth it?
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With 39 AF points, the D5200 is more likely to correctly focus on subjects in difficult light or when there is movement. But beyond just the number of AF points, the D5200 also has exposure and white balance bracketing, and mirror lockup.

But another consideration might be that neither of them can AF with lenses that don't have their own AF motors, and that makes up the majority of lenses available on the used market. So getting something like the D7200 might actually save you money by allowing you to spend less money on good used lenses.
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What benefit does the mirror lock up serve?
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What benefit does the mirror lock up serve?
It reduces camera shake when the camera is mounted on a tripod, especially for macrophotography, astrophotography, and long exposures.
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Well I opted for the D3200. Arrived Thursday and so far I am pretty impressed. Night and day difference over my trusty HS10 (which I will keep). Got it with the Tamron 70-300. The AF on the Tamron is really noisy so I will most likely use it in manual. Look forward to posting up some pics!
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Tamron has two 70-300 lenses. One is the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD and the other is the Tamron SP AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD. The second is better than the first, plus it's quieter.

You've got a 24MP sensor. It doesn't do much good to scrimp on lenses.
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