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Old 01-12-2010, 02:55 PM   #1
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Nikon D90 and DX Lenses

I'm back in the market for a DSLR. I'm a fan of Nikon having fiddled with many. I have always like the D60, but since it is being replaced by the D5000, and I don't like the D3000 or 5000, I'm probably going to pick up a D90.

The D90 seems to come mostly with Nikon's DX lenses, which only cover the small DX lens from what I understand. My question is: The D90 is a DX DSLR, so is the D90 compatible with non DX lenses, and will they cause any issues being used with the D90? Aslo, with a DX lens, am I going to get the full frame or am I going to blacked out corners?
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:09 PM   #2
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Might i ask why dont you like the D3000 or 5000 ?
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:25 PM   #3
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You can use FX lenses on DX camera's no problem, you wont have vignetting. Your best bet is to just get the 18-105vr or 18-200vr and you will be covered. The only reason not to buy DX lenses is if you are buying primes like a 50mm f1.8. Or if you want a 70-200mm f2.8, or if you want to get an FX camera in the future.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Isn't the D90 due for replacement some time later this year?
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Old 01-12-2010, 04:16 PM   #5
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Might i ask why dont you like the D3000 or 5000 ?
i have read a number of reviews on the d3000 and d5000.

i dont like the d3000 at all, its inferior to the d40 which it replaced. the 3000 is slower, and has a worse image sensor.

the d5000 is a good camera but i think its over priced for what it is. i would rather go with a d90 and pay a couple hundred bone more.

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d3000.htm

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d5000.htm
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Isn't the D90 due for replacement some time later this year?
i thinks its due in a year or 2
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i thinks its due in a year or 2
The D90 came out in August 2008. A Best Buy rep told me that Nikon's entry level life cycle is one year and mid level is about 18 months or so. That would make it due for replacement now, even though no press releases have come out yet.

I'm looking at buying my first DSLR some time this year. There is no urgency and the timing may depend on what info I can dig up online about replacement for current models. I'm leaning towards a D90 package with a 55-200.
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The D90 came out in August 2008. A Best Buy rep told me that Nikon's entry level life cycle is one year and mid level is about 18 months or so. That would make it due for replacement now, even though no press releases have come out yet.

I'm looking at buying my first DSLR some time this year. There is no urgency and the timing may depend on what info I can dig up online about replacement for current models. I'm leaning towards a D90 package with a 55-200.
well the d40 came out in 2006 and was replaced in 2009, so that sounds about right. consider also, the time it takes to enter the retail market, so around 3 years between entry level models sounds right.
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One would probably be better off buying a used D200. Nikon's video recording is a waste of time on the D90 anyways if thats a selling point.
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I've got the D90, the bloody thing is insane. I will never have the time, patience, or energy to learn all of its capabilities.
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The D90 came out in August 2008. A Best Buy rep told me that Nikon's entry level life cycle is one year and mid level is about 18 months or so. That would make it due for replacement now, even though no press releases have come out yet.

I'm looking at buying my first DSLR some time this year. There is no urgency and the timing may depend on what info I can dig up online about replacement for current models. I'm leaning towards a D90 package with a 55-200.
Dude - you think a BEST BUY rep has ANY idea about higher end DSLR market? Yea right...

The D90 has the latest sensor in there - there's nothing to replace it with. The D40 and D60 had the old sensor, hence the release of the D3000 and D5000.

The D90's here for a while.

For your own personal use, get the D90 with either the 18-200 if you want to reach or an 18-105. Once you use one of these consistently for 6 months or so, you can use software to figure out where you take most of your pics - then you can spend money on some high end glass in prime lenses.

To the OP - Having first hand experience with it - DO IT... It's soooo beautiful taking low light images at ISO3200 with NO NOISE... I need to upgrade my D80... I'm headed more towards a D300 though - Full frame is just too expensive...

NAS will get you!! (Nikon Aquisition Syndrome)

I went from a D60, to a D80. Went from a kit lens of 18-135 to 20 2.8, 50 1.8, 80-200 2.8, 60 2.8 Macro, and a 35-70... This shit ain't cheap!
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One would probably be better off buying a used D200. Nikon's video recording is a waste of time on the D90 anyways if thats a selling point.
Sooo wrong...

The D200 does not have the updated sensor for low light photography.

The only benefit to the D200 is the quick change capabilities - I'd still get a D90 over a D200. Now D300....

No one seriously buys a DSLR for it's video capability...
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i'm actually getting a d90 also with the 18-105 lens.


i haven't heard anything about it being replaced anytime soon. the d5000 apparently is similar to the d90, but the d90 is way more user friendly. it has more buttons to access options and it actual shows the setting of the camera on the display unlike the d5000. the d3000 and d5000 are the newest models out i believe for nikon in the dslr.


apparently the down falls with the video end of the d90 is that is can only take a maximum of 5 min vids, you have to stop the vid and restart to focus, and the video is good, but not as good as it should be... nikon is still working on it from what i hear.
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^^^ From what I understood from some information I got was that if it took more than 5 minutes of video at that high res, the camera would fall under a different classification and be subject to more duties, so they restricted it... Dunno if that's true...
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The D3000 and D5000 are both in the D40 case with the same buttons as the D40. The D5000 has more features than the D3000 so it is a little more difficult to navigate quickly. I believe the D3000 has a worse sensor than the D40, and the D5000 has the D80 sensor. I'm not concerned about the video, I already have a Nikon Coolpix L100, and it take good video as long as I dont zoom.

So basically I should be perfectly fine with the D90 and DX lenses?Seeing as how the D90 is a DX camera? I just want to be able to change any setting to whatever I want, to shoot when and where I want.
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