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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Camera!! :o), 24 May 2010
This review is from: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)
I don't think I can add much more than has already been written in favour of this camera, but wanted to give my appreciation anyway.

What I can say is: if you're thinking of moving from a good compact camera to a dslr and are worried about not getting the use out of a dslr due to its size / bulk / value compared with a compact, relax and ask yourself: do i enjoy taking photographs? do i like looking at the photo's i've taken? and do i want to be able to produce the best quality image (within financial reason) possible?

If the answer to the above questions is yes, then buy a dslr and i promise that within a short while, you wont notice the extra bulk over a compact, you'll feel the weight reassuring and the picture quality is light years ahead of anything you've experienced before.

These were my worries before buying this camera a month or so ago and my findings from using it - when I walked out of the shop with 800 pound's worth of camera, I came over in a sweat...but a short while later and i'm convinced it's one of the best things i've ever bought and i know it's going to be a good companion of mine. Indeed, I've already bought a second lens for it, a 35mm 1.8 (= ~50mm) and am having great fun and learning to compose images.

The next question is 'which dslr?'

You're probably looking at this, the D5000 and the 500D and 550D from Canon and wondering whether this is worth the extra money or to go for maximum pixels with the 550D (these were my choices). My suggestion is go to a camera shop and hold these camera's, use them, feel their balance and look at where the buttons are and do this as many times as is necessary to find the camera that feels 'right' in your hands. Even if you ask to hold the cameras so many times that the shop assistant is clenching his teeth while he talks to you, do so. (I did). The most useful piece of information the sales assistant gave me was 'if it doesn't feel comfortable in your hands, you wont use it'. I bet he regretted that after my 20th visit to weigh up a D90 vs a 550D! :o)

UPDATE:

I was on a photoshoot with my club at the weekend and this clumsy idiot managed to drop his Nikon D90 from a height of 2-3 feet from a dressing table onto a solid wooden floor. The Lens cap came flying off and the camera....worked absoulutely fine and not a mark or rattle was found on her. Did the shoot and took over 500 pictures in 4 hrs so kept the camera under reasonable use...unbelievable. I know that mid range slrs are made to be reasonabley durable but to survive that impact was impressive. I don't recommend that you treat your camera in this way, but it's good to know that it can take a knock.
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Initial post: 28 May 2012 17:39:59 BDT
Kris says:
Back in the early 90's, it was common knowledge that to drop both a Canon and a Nikon, 9 times out of 10, the Nikon would fare best. Nikon cameras are TOUGH compared to the comparatively fragile Canon counterparts.
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