Sage97 wrote:I don't normally post on here but yeah, I agree with others about saving up a little bit more and getting the D7000 over this. Sure there is a bit more learning curve but its not that difficult.
If not already invested in Nikon gear, I'd also consider the Pentax K5 or the new K5 II. The Pentax limited lenses are killer.
Yes, I agree. I would save up and buy either a D5100, D7000, or the Pentax K5 II. You can buy a Pentax K5 for about $800 body only if you look hard enough. That was the camera I wanted until I got my D5100.
The D5100 takes great pictures even in low light. If I had some extra cash back then I would have gone with the d7000 only because it has AF fine adjustment for the lens and an AF motor, but I realize the AF motor isn't a big deal.
I just ordered a d800e and am keeping the D5100 around as a 2nd camera. it's light (no af motor) and takes very good pictures.
You want a camera that supports the latest sdxc format. I have 64GB and 128GB cards and I never worry about running out of space anymore and I shoot in RAW+JPG FINE.
Cameras are NOT an investment. Not at all, esp digital cameras. The lenses can be considered an investment, but definitely not the cameras.
If you're a technical person, get a camera you can grow into. I outgrew my d5100 and that is why I'm getting the d800e.
Right now, the cameras I would consider is: D600, D800/D800e, K5, K5 II, K5 II2, canon 5DM3 (yes).
Oh about the lens, the 18-105mm is a good lens. Much sharper than the 18-55 from what I understand.