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This review is from: Nikon D5100 Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm VR Lens Kit (16.2MP) 3 inch LCD (Electronics)I am a conservative buyer meaning I do a lot of research before making an expensive purchase. I will also describe myself as an enthusiast photographer. I bought this camera with the kit lens in America at a promo price after doing a lot of research. Some reviews I had read described this camera as a beginner level camera which it definitely is not! This camera packs so much technology in its body that makes it more of an intermediate level camera and the only reason it is not higher than intermediate in my opinion is because it is not made of metal and weather proof.
I do a lot of indoor portraits and this camera is awesome at high ISO settings, the images are unbelievable. The in camera effects are very nice too and are amazing.
I have no regrets owning this camera especially as I was always on Olympus man! Good job Nikon, you have a new convert!
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Initial post: 13 Jun 2012 15:02:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 13 Jun 2012 15:09:13 BDT
C. Nation says:
The levels at which these cameras are aimed - so-called 'entry level', hobbyist, pro - are to a great degree only marketing ploys, aided and abetted by consumer magazines, which make a business out of encouraging 'upgrade anxiety'.
It's true that for all-out full-time pro use cameras like the Nikon D4 and Canon EOS 1D are the right tools for the job. You can't park a D5100 on a mini tripod behind the goal in a downpour at Anfield and expect it to fire by radio for 90 minutes.
But for simply producing good photographs, essentially all the cameras below the 100% pro level are much the same. The exhibition of the winning images of The Natural History Museum's "Wildlife Photographer of the Year - 2002" were all shot on dslrs producing no more than 6Meg. The 16" x 12" prints were stunning. I've had 18" x 12" prints made of close ups of butterflies and flowers and they are astonishingly good. I shot the images on a 10 Meg D60. Pixels, as Ken Rockwell says, are not what they used to be.
As an ex-pro who has shot every format from 16mm movie to 10" x 8" sheet film, owned Nikons, Hassleblads, Mamiya medium format etc etc, my advice is to buy the cheapest dslr that you can find that does one thing - take still photographs - in a package that you would be happy to carry around all day. Nikon and Canon do not make duff cameras or duff lenses. Work out what you want your camera to do for you. Spend time understanding how the technology will do what you want. Only pay more if the features you get for the extra are essential to your needs.
I'm in the market for a new camera myself. I have sized up the £2600 D800 and decided I actually do not need to spend that amount of money, or £1000 on a s/h D700 or £790 on a D7000. A clean s/h D5100 for around £300, used properly, will produce images that will be indistinguishable from the other, costlier cameras.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jun 2012 15:12:47 BDT
Very good write up and also very informative. I'm sure many enthusiasts will find it useful!
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Aug 2012 14:21:40 BDT
Network Man says:
I'd agree with the above. The sensor and processing engine are after all much the same as the D7000 as is the image quality. What's more most things that can be done with that camera can also be done with the D5100 it's just that they have to be done more slowly via the menus than directly with dedicated buttons and switches. If you are not in a hurry that is no problem and if you carry the camera a long way then the low weight is a positive advantage.
I'm still using my D40 by the way which cost just under £260 with rebate from Amazon a few years ago, complete with 18-55 zoom lens! Prices sure have risen.
The lens may be a little slow but the camera works well at 800 ISO which offsets this. This simple zoom encompasses the classic 28, 35, 50 and 85/90 mm full-frame focal lengths that have been the mainstay of photographers for decades. What more do you want? Perhaps a D5100 body for the better performance in poor light!
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