I should introduce myself. I'm Bonnie (or Bonita) I used to frequent this board a few years ago, as well as the scrapbooking board, but life took a turn, and I had to put everything on hold. I'm getting back into wanting to work on photography and scrapbooking again, but my 7+ yr old rebel just isn't what I want to spend time learning on right now, so I'm looking at upgrading my dslr. I've been doing research on line & at the camera stores, and I'm having trouble deciding.
Costco has a great deal on the Nikon D5100 with dual lens 18-55 and 55-200 as a kit. I was trying to figure out if that will do what I need, or what the difference ins between the 5100 and the 7000. The owner at the camera store said they are basically the same camera as the glass is the same in both and I will get the same ISO settings out of both. For $700 difference between the 2, I'm wondering if the main difference is the cost of the lens (as the D7000 comes with a 18-200 mm lens instead of 2 separate), or if there is significant difference between 2 cameras worth the increased cost, does anyone know?
Although I have the rebel, I just have the kit lens, so I'm not locked into either canon or nikon at this point. I was leaning towards the t3i, but then started comparing ISO quality between the t3i and the Nikon D5100, so I'm leaning that way.
Any input would be appreciated. I know if I buy at costco, and I'm not happy with the camera, I can return or exchange it. The $250 rebate is only until 10/1, so I don't have a lot of time to decide. thanks for any help. I know this is a struggle. Once I get the new camera I'll be out shooting and working through tutorials (again)- I can't wait to get snapping and get some great pictures of all the fall colors!!
I was considering a more expensive body, but I'm wondering if this will be what I need for my needs as I don't plan on going pro with it- but I do want to eventually do that level of photos. I just really want it to be a hobby and a way to document my child's life. Time is the issue that I don't have to spend on working on photos for others.
I've been reading reviews online and just am getting overwhelmed. I think any choice I pick is going to be an upgrade from what I have. I plan to keep this for a long time, so more money spent now, if it's going to be a benefit in the future is okay.
I hope to be around more once I get my new camera! thanks so much, Bonnie
eta= I looked at the sticky with different camera bodies and "levels" of cameras, and I don't see the Nikon D5100 or D7000 listed, so I don't know where this one fits in the "range" of cameras-
and also, the reason I'm considering this one is that I want the video 1080P capability on it as well. I plan to use it for both video and stills. My video camera got "fried" (long story) last year, and I haven't replaced it yet. It makes no sense for me to go out and spend money on a video camera when I can put that money instead into a dslr that will do both.