Bushpilot185
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D3100 Or D5100

Mon Jan 28, 2013 5:16 am

Hello again, I know I just posted a topic a few days ago so please don't bash. My last post was about a lens and Ive decided on the AF-S 70-300mm. But for the past month or so I have been going back and forth between the Nikon D3100 and D5100. This will be my first DSLR. Ive herd that its mainly lenses that matter. So my question is, is it worth the extra money to get the D5100 or should I go for the D3100 and put the rest towards the lens. Once again sorry for posting so soon but I really do appreciate it.
 
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Mon Jan 28, 2013 6:02 am

I've got a D3100 and love it. I only have a few bad notes:
1. it has absolutly terrible high ISO noise, I mean really bad, so low-light capabilities are pretty much nil
2. it has a few too many not needed buttons
I cannot vouch for/against a D5100, but I know of a new D5200 that you may want to look at, but frankly I think it is a step back for low-light with Nikon now cramming a bigillion pixels on a crop sensor. If you have the cash, I haven't heard anything bad about a D7000. Definitely invest in glass, though. I bought a 18-55, 55-300 (soon to be replaced with a 70-300 and maybe a 50-500 Bigma) and a 16-85, which I absolutely love. Built like a tank, and IQ is fantastic. I would get a D3100 and buy the 16-85 or 18-200 for medium tele, 10-24 for airshow wide, and 70-300 for tele work. Glass will last forever if treated right, bodies need to be (or you will want to ahev them) replaced about every 5 years, so invest in lenses.
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:01 pm

I have used D5100, and it's noise performance is very good.
 
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Tue Jan 29, 2013 12:08 am

Quoting trvyyz (Reply 2):
I have used D5100, and it's noise performance is very good.

yeah that's whats leaning me towards the D5100 as well as the 4fps, in the long run i think it'll be better.
 
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Tue Feb 05, 2013 3:09 pm

I looked at the both when I got mine. I went with the D5100 cause it has the same sensor as the much more advanced D7000! and I got a really good used deal for it. Maybe that helps  
 
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:27 am

Quoting Kedharf1 (Reply 4):
I looked at the both when I got mine. I went with the D5100 cause it has the same sensor as the much more advanced D7000! and I got a really good used deal for it. Maybe that helps

Thanks for the reply! I ended up buying the D5100 and im very happy with it, I also got the Nikon 70-300 VR as well getting a very good deal, nearly $300 off!
 
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Mon Feb 18, 2013 3:30 pm

I have the Nikon D5100, I've only field tested it a bit in my local town. But so far so good, but compared to my old Sony A300 is does have some flaws that bothers me.

a. Battery time feels very low! Plus it's meassured in three bars, and not in % like my Sony did.
b. It's VERY slow and inaccurate when trying to focus in Live View mode, also you can only use one AF point in Live View mode.

Apart from that, I'm quite happy with my purchase  
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RE: D3100 Or D5100

Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:16 am

Quoting Fallap (Reply 6):
b. It's VERY slow and inaccurate when trying to focus in Live View mode, also you can only use one AF point in Live View mode.

I never use live view and find it useless. You cannot see the screen. I would recommend using the viewfinder under every possible circumstances.
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