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Hi all,

Im feeling its time for an upgrade from my beginners D3000.. its just what to go for??


So far im looking at D5100 , D7000, D90 or D300.

Has anyone had any experience with any of the above please?


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Thanks link worked ok.. Shots look good.

Hi Steve

I upgraded from D70 to D300 about 3 years ago and find it an excellent all-rounder. Ideal for plane shoots.

Most of the stuff I do is sports photography (Rugby League) and although the D300 works well at high-speed/ISO in good light, it tends to drop out in poor light and for floodlit games.

Would love to upgrade to better sensor when I can afford it! Will definitely stick with NIKON


Pete Gren

Hi Steve. I bought a Nikon D3000 2.5 years go and found this to be a good all rounder. All my shots on pinkfroot are taken with a Nikkor 70-300mm lens,now thinking to buy a 2X tele-converter to add on for high aircraft shots. Would welcome thoughts !! Keith
Most tele/zoom lenses lose their autofocus function when used in conjunction with a tele converter. However for high aircraft shots I guess you'd manually set infinity anyway. Just thought I'd mention it.
Hi Peter Thanks for that,I will have a rethink on this!! Keith
I posted some pics a few hours ago;
Nikon D300
ISO 400
Nikon ED 80-200mm tele-zoom
Aperture Priority set at f4


Liked the MOUNTS BAY and Red Arrows camera?


Hi Shaun, thanks!! ... its still my trusty D3000, Im afraid I still havent managed to get my new camera yet, due to a car that needed tax, mot, and a new clutch all in a month. :s

Ive considerably hinted to the wife that a D7000 would be an amazing xmas present....

I do however have a Nikon 55-300mm AF-S lens now rather than my old Tamrom 70-300mm


Its a fantastic lens :)


Hi guys I've enjoyed the comments. I recently upgraded my D80 with 18-200mm lens to the new D800 with 24-300mm VR. The difference is quite outstanding. As long as you can hold the camera still enough the ability to crop photos and maintain quality is amazing. I would seriously recommend, if the budget can support it, that you look at the D800

I recently upgraded to D800 from a D80 and fully concur. I opted for a 24-70 as my first lens and next year will get either the 28-300 or 70-200 Nikon lens. All I hear is good so it will need some research yet! The Nikon 24-70 is brilliant. I have kept the D80 and 18-200 as back up.


Christmas is getting nearer and Ive hinted to the wife the D7000 would be a fantastic present for me lol, I also did the washing up last week and even turned the hoover on tonight, tomorrow I may walk around the house with the hoover too.

A few more chores and hopefully the D7000 will be mine .....all mine.....probaly.. maybe.....



Still dreaming......


Seriously though Im still in hope one day I will own one, until then my trusty D3000 will be my weapon of capture!


Have you looked at the D3200? It is a fantastic camera at a very competitive price!



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