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Old 04-02-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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DSLR users, looking for input!

Ok, so here is the deal. I am a Nikon user of many years though always film and never digital. I have always been happy with my Nikon products and want to move into the DSLR world with one. I've been looking at the D60 and it seems to fit all my needs/wants. The new D90 just doesn't offer enough extra stuff to warrant nearly double the price.

With that said are there any D60 owners out there that can offer some hands on experience with the camera? Do you have the standard 18-55mm lens? Did you buy any other lenses? If so what did you get and how does it perform for you?

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Old 04-02-2009, 05:18 PM   #2
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Just so you know, The D40 and D50 were a very nice series. You could probably get a used one with lenses for less than a new D60.
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Old 04-02-2009, 05:27 PM   #3
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Just so you know, The D40 and D50 were a very nice series. You could probably get a used one with lenses for less than a new D60.
I agree and I have looked at the D40 D50 and D80, the D60 works best for me size and feel. I've thought about buying used but with this kind of investment I would rather buy new and not have to worry about other peoples abuse.

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Well what are you going to use the camera for? Depending on use you need different lenses.
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I think you will want a macro lens for fish pics. I have the 18-55mm lens for my D80, but it doesn't have the macro capabilities that I wanted. I have a 60mm macro made my Nikon, but if the Tamron 90mm macro would work on a D60, then that is what I would suggest.
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Nikon SLR film guy here too...

I got the D40 a year or so ago. Sooooo nice to have the SLR "feel" back again after having a digital point and shoot for 7 years. While I don't have the D60, I'll give you my thoughts on the D40 which is just a lower res version of the D60.

Buy it. Period. (How's that?!)

But seriously, it's what you'd expect from Nikon. The shooting speed without flash is so quick, it's incredible. You really can't miss a shot with this camera. Any person with a pulse can take a fantastic picture. The camera is more or less "on", even when you have the switch in the "off" position, so it's nearly instantaneous to turn on and shoot - no lag time waiting for the thing to really come on. Battery life is exceptional (lithium ion). The flash is pretty powerful from such a tiny little thing. And the "stock" wide/normal zoom lense on it is really nice. I expected to get the telephoto zoom right off the bat, but was happy enough with this one that I still haven't gotten around to it.

As far as aquarium shots go, it's worked great for me. Minimum focus for most of my shots puts my lense right on the glass, so it's not like I can get any closer. And the image stabilization in the lense is great... you can get some great shots down to under 1/30th of a second. Try that with film!

I honestly can't think of anything bad to say about it.
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I like my D60. Had a D70 for a few years, but it had some nagging issues which the 60 does not. The rest (D60 vs. D40 vs. the others) is simply a question of budget.

As for pics, I agree with Kristin's post above; the stock 18-55 is a very versatile lens, but doesn't do all I need it to. I'm posting two pics in the FW breeding section which show my newly hatched cory fry; the pics were taken with a D60 using the Tamron 90/2.8 macro. They're top-down through moving water, because of the breeding net I have the fry in, and so not super-sharp; but they should give you an idea of the magnification possible. Also the 18-55 has quite a bit of 'barrel' distortion at the wide end; whether that matters is up to you.
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Thanks for the review Kurt!!

I guess once you've owned a couple of Nikon's it's hard to change to something else.

I'm glad to hear the 18-55mm lens has worked well for you. I have the 28-80mm on my N45 and it works well. I've been looking at a few of the macro lenses, the 105mm is more then the camera so that one is out! I may swing for the 60mm macro. I'd like something that has a 1:1 ratio and I can get that with the 60mm. Who knows...still trying to make my mind up.

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Well I am not the proud owner of a Nikon D60. I got it yesterday and have a TON to learn about the camera. Figures I would get something smarter then I am.

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