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Nikon D60 - Good Beginner's Dslr?  
User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3094 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 6113 times:

I guess the title says it all! I'm looking for a good Digital SLR, suitable for a beginner in the SLR world. Budget is +/-£300. This camera has been recommended by a colleague, so is it a good buy?



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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 23
Reply 1, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6089 times:

An excellent buy. For lenses, get the 18-55 and 55-200.

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-400, Fuji X Pro 1, Fujinon 35 f/1.4, Fujinon 18 f/2
User currently offlineDvincent From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 1801 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 6050 times:

AVOID. The D40/60 lack the Nikon internal autofocus motor, rendering many lenses unable to focus on your camera.

I would search out a used/closeout D80 instead.

From the Mind of Minolta
User currently offlineAlasdair1982 From UK - Scotland, joined Mar 2008, 468 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 6015 times:

The range of AF-S lenses currently available are perfectly adequate for a beginner, and even a more advanced user

No reason not to go with the D40/X/D60 at all


User currently offlineMjlewis From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 5995 times:

Its decent. If you want to deal with trying to find lenses for it (Nikkor versions are "AF-S") and off brand companies are now finally coming out with lenses that will work with them. They may be a little more expensive but are gradually being released.

Like Dvincent said, I'd look for a D80!

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User currently offlineSEAchaz From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 222 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 5966 times:

If you are new to the SLR world make sure the body and choice of lenses will do what you want. If you get into it you'll likely end up buying lenses over time thus more or less committing yourself to that system - be it Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc. - so make sure you go to the store and play with all the competitors before taking the plunge if you haven't yet. That said, for the price the D60 is a great camera IMHO.

Quoting Dvincent (Reply 2):
The D40/60 lack the Nikon internal autofocus motor, rendering many lenses unable to focus on your camera.

A few years ago when the D40 came out this was issue, now I don't think it is. Unless you are wanting some fancy (and usually spendy) primes. For just starting the only lens you'll miss out on is the 50mm f/1.8.

These are all the Nikon lenses you CAN use with the D60:


* AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4G


* AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2G IF-ED

Super Telephoto

* AF-S VR NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED
* AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED
* AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR
* AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR
* AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR

Wide-Angle Zoom

* AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED
* AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
* AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 17-35mm f/2.8D IF-ED

Standard Zoom

* AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
* AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED
* AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
* AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
* AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED
* AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
* AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
* AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED
* AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED
* AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

High Power Zoom

* AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED
* AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
* AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED
* AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
* AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED


* AF-S Micro-NIKKOR 60mm f/2.8G ED
* AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED

User currently offlineCpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 5034 posts, RR: 34
Reply 6, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 5951 times:

D80 is a better bet - and you might be able to force the price down with some tough talking (ie, because it is a older camera).

But it's still quite decent - and you can use those wonderful older non AF-S lenses without losing the autofocus. Cheap way of getting quality glass - and even though some of the older lenses are looking a bit dated, they still have perfect optics and will give very sharp images if used properly.

User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1737 posts, RR: 17
Reply 7, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5923 times:

I have bought myself a D80 with an 18-105 VR lens, plus a 50/1.8D. I want to start shooting planes though I'm not sure if the 18-105 is good for this purpose. Is there any chance that i could might use the 18-105 for shooting at closer distances, and for taking cabin shots?

I usually stand on the threshold of the runway, so is it possible to get any good shots with the lens, that way?

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User currently offlineMjlewis From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 218 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5906 times:

the 18-105 can be very usable for photographing planes! however, typically you may want something more in the range of 200mm+

I personally have the 70-300 (for now haha)

Flying runs in the family : )
User currently offlineNwc100 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 98 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 5805 times:

Hi I was recently in the same position as you reagrding the D60, My budget was around the £400 mark and i really struggled to find the D60 for that price with stabilised lenses, Most of the time it worked out around the £460 mark and that was excluding buying any memory!!

In the end I purchased a sony A200 the body and 18 - 70 lens cost £274 with £30 cashback from sony meaning final cost was £244, I also got a tamron 80 300 lens for £100 and a 4gb compact flash card for £19.

So all in a paid £393 I think from Jessops in Enfield and they where giving away a camera bag for nothing so I'm really quite pleased with the deal i got for this.

I know next to nothing about which camera is better or worse i'll leave that for others to argue about, What i do know is I first picked up the D60 and liked it because i have quite small hands and it felt quite comfortable, The sony which is a little bigger did'nt at first seem as comfy but after some use i really like the feel of it, As a first time DSLR user i felt up pretty much every camera in my budget and a few that were'nt!! I think its worth doing this as you may find something else you like too.

Like i say I know nothing about the cameras really but I do Know about shopping to that Budget!!


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