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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 9:07 pm 
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After some help, ideas, thoughts please.

I currently have a Nikon D60 which I've had for 6 years and I'm wanting to upgrade.
I have a budget of about £450.
I'm sticking with Nikon as I've loads of Nikon gear and accessories.

I really fancy the idea of a bigger camera with individual controls for everything rather then holding one button down and turning a wheel.
That's why I thought the D7000 second hand for about £400 from the bay/gumtree etc.
But, I've read a lot of reviews about the D7000 having a back/front focus problem which people have sent theirs back to Nikon to fix(within warranty, something you don't get with 2nd hand) Also for £400 you get the body only.

But I'm torn with the idea of buying new, as you get warranty should it go wrong and you know it's going to work, but this means buying a lesser model.
So I looked at the D5200, £380 new body only.
The bonus of getting a cheaper body new would be using the other £70 for a lens other then the stock 18-55 you normally get in the kit. (I currently have a 35mm 1.8 prime)

As I've had the D60 for so long I recon any camera would be an improvement, I just want to get the most for my money.

I will use it primarily for baby photo shoots on portable white background, people photography and holiday use.

Any thoughts?

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 6:39 am 
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Hello Neil

I have owned two D7000s (and still have one) without suffering problems of any kind. It's a good camera. If you want the piece of mind that a guarantee gives you, as you're in the UK you could check out Grays of Westminster. They are Nikon specialist dealers and have a huge list of pre-owned equipment. I believe they give guarantees of up to 12 months with their second hand kit and they are very helpful if you want pointers as to what to team up with any camera you choose. They aren't on Gordon's list of supporter companies though so you might consider buying him a coffee if you choose to buy from Grays.

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D90 might be worth a look, even though it has been out for a while it has more controls to hand than some of the newer models. It is just let down by the number of pixels and focus points compared to the newer cameras.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:45 pm 
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D90 might be worth a look, even though it has been out for a while it has more controls to hand than some of the newer models. It is just let down by the number of pixels and focus points compared to the newer cameras.


Thanks for replies, I was going to get a D90 when I looked a few years ago but thought that would be a bit outdated now?

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warth man wrote:
Hello Neil

I have owned two D7000s (and still have one) without suffering problems of any kind. It's a good camera. If you want the piece of mind that a guarantee gives you, as you're in the UK you could check out Grays of Westminster. They are Nikon specialist dealers and have a huge list of pre-owned equipment. I believe they give guarantees of up to 12 months with their second hand kit and they are very helpful if you want pointers as to what to team up with any camera you choose. They aren't on Gordon's list of supporter companies though so you might consider buying him a coffee if you choose to buy from Grays.

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Thank you for that recommendation, would you happen to know if they deliver?
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They do.
After googling there are a few websites that do 2nd hand units. The 12 months warranty tempts me a lot!
How did you find the D7000? I think I'd be happy with anything better then the d60, and the wireless commander and AF motor tempts me.

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Until the launch of the D600 in about October 2012 all of my pics on this site had been taken with the D7000. In fact my entry for last month's assignment was a D7000 pic. You should be able to do a search and get an idea of how the camera performs in much less than expert hands from that but you will get a broader impression by searching images from that camera on flickr and similar sites. I only sold my first D7000 to get the new D600 because I had the full frame bug. When I had a bit of spare cash earlier this year I decided to back up the D600 with a crop frame from Nikon because I have Nikon lenses. Even with the D7100 available, I still went for a D7000 again because it offered everything I needed from a crop frame and still used the same battery, remote etc as the D600.

I don't think you would be disappointed in any way with a D7000. My Nikon ownership started with it and the 50mm f1.4. I have added a good bit since then, in my terms, and remain happy with my choice.


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warth man wrote:
You should be able to do a search and get an idea of how the camera performs in much less than expert hands from that but you will get a broader impression by searching images from that camera on flickr and similar sites.
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Thank you for your help.
I've just had a look at your fab pictures.

I think it is possible to over-research something so I think I'll go with a d7000 as it meets my needs for my budget.
I've already got a 35mm 1.8 and will get another for wider angle.
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Just to let you know I went for a new D7000, found it for £469 in the end with three year warranty.

I have a 35mm 1.8 prime, just need another lens to compliment it, something wider.

Thanks for your help.

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