View Full Version : DSLR Opinions?

05-25-2011, 09:00 PM
Hello all, I hope everyone here is doing well.

Looking to finally take the plunge and enter the "DSLR revolution" /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/wink.gif

Im looking into Macro imaging (bugs, flowers) but recently I got my old 8" Celestron SCT telescope out of storage and want to start doing astrophotography again, never tried it with DSLR so im not too sure what to look for in this type of camera. from what i found im leaning towards the Nikon D5100 ($800 body only) my budget ($1200) any opinions?

05-25-2011, 11:52 PM
Don't know much about DSLRs but you might like this (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/18/time-lapse-milky-way-video_n_850607.html) or this (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/12/nick-risinger-milky-way-panorama_n_861223.html)



05-26-2011, 01:22 AM
There are many good DSLR bodies available.

I can only suggest 2 however, and the reason is that they are the only 2 which have a complete line of quality glass available to add on. Those 2 are Nikon and Canon.

Also, don't get caught up in the MP craze. Anything from 6 MP on up will give you enough resolution for 8 X 10 or larger prints. With a little added software 6 MP can yield 80 X 100 prints that are quite good.

In the end I have always used Nikon, and that would be my choice if starting over ... and the main reason for that is that I can use any Nikon lens from 1959 on.

Also, buying new glass is not smart IMHO.

Any Nikon AF lens from the mid 80's on up will work with a new DSLR ... and mechanically they are nearly indestructible so buying them in good used condition presents very little risk.

05-26-2011, 07:04 AM
I'm with LWW on this one. I finally bought my first Nikon about 2 years ago and very quickly decided that I'd probably never buy another brand again.


05-26-2011, 11:02 AM
Don't think you can go wrong with the Nikon. They are fantastic and if you have any old lens from a Nikon SLR they will fit on the DSLR.


05-26-2011, 02:02 PM
Q, awesome images, don't think i can get anything near the quality living in NYC /forums/images/%%GRAEMLIN_URL%%/smile.gif

05-26-2011, 02:13 PM
LWW good point, I think i still have two older nikkor lens but not sure if they will be good for macro images. one is a standard 50mm manual and the other is i think is a 105mm.
i need to get to my moms home and hope she didnt sell them off.

05-26-2011, 02:18 PM
Hmmm just came across this item @ Bestbuys D5000 (http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Nikon+-+12.3-Megapixel+D5000+DSLR+Camera+with+18-55mm+Lens+-+Black/9311755.p?skuId=9311755&productCategoryId=pcmcat180400050000&id=1218082646627)
(d5000)Nikon 12.3-Megapixel DX Nikkor 18-55mm lens not the D5100 but good price @ 579.99. great price.
think ill wait see what pops up during the next couple of holidays.

05-26-2011, 04:34 PM
Hey Naz if you ever make it up to Newburgh let me know. The Gallery is a good place to shoot some pool.

05-26-2011, 04:35 PM
Oh and I concur with both Nikon and Cannon.

05-26-2011, 08:32 PM
they got a Billiard table up there?