Flightkid9 From Canada, joined Jul 2010, 65 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1997 times:
Hi, I'm looking for a DSLR mostly for plane spotting at the local airport, preferably in the $400 range not including a lens, this would be the first DSLR that I've owned but I have plenty of knowledge on photography and have used plenty of DSLR's before. Also If the camera doesn't come with a good lens (at least up to 300mm) than there has to be some good zoom lenses that I can buy separately for the camera. Also, if you have any pictures to show image quality of the camera than it would be appreciated if you would include a link to them.
Can we make this quick? my Boeing's double-parked.
Not sure about the D3000, I'm sure you can look online in the photograpy websites for reviews, but for my entry level Nikon DSLR, the D-90 has been amazing. Took a little getting used to (as all will do) but totally worth it in the end. It definitely a great beginners option, which I still use all the time.
I have one, it's a good camera for beginners, but once you get better, it starts to be underwhelming. (that's understandable, since it is a camera for DSLR beginners) But overall, it is a good camera if you are new to DSLRs.
One more piece of advice, if you want to buy a new lens for it, get an AF-S lens. If you buy an AF lens or lower, the Autofocus won't work.