Topic Author
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:10 pm

Looking For A New Camera

Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:18 pm

I am interested in spotting ant my local airport. I have spotted there before but just with a cell phone camera and maybe a cheep digital camera a few times. I a ready to upgrade to a DSLR camera and would like your advise. I have only used a DSLR about 2 times at school in my photography class so I am no pro so I do need a camera that is good for learning on. Please recommend a DSLR camera and a lens that would be good for spotting. I was thinking maybe a NIKON D7100 with a 70-300mm lens from what i have read but would like your advise. Please not that my budget is no more than around $2000 USD.

Thanks in advanced,
Posts: 18
Joined: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:28 am

RE: Looking For A New Camera

Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:43 am

I would like to help you but need to know more about your goals.

Can you handle a lens that weighs 10 lbs?

How far are you going to be from the aircraft?

What type of aircraft are you going to shoot?

Are you going to shoot in low light, mornings and evenings?

What are your intentions with the photo's?

In photography, it's about the lens. The camera is secondary. You are going to spend most of your budget on a camera not the lens. This is going to hurt you right out of the box. The D7100 is a extraordinary camera and because it is very good it needs great glass in front of it. The reason is this camera will show all the weakness of a consumer lens. You will be fighting soft images and poor color contrast. The 70-300 does not allow enough light to the sensor and the 7100 has a great one.

I would recommend a used D300 for $500 and a good used zoom like a 70-200mm for $1500 and if needed a 1.7 teleconverter for $400. This is a perfect example of good allocation of funds. The photo's will be awesome but the big question is can you handle a 14 pound camera and do you have the expertise on how to take advantage of the equipment's capabilities.

Let me know if I can be of further assistance.
User avatar
Posts: 282
Joined: Mon Feb 15, 2010 1:18 am

RE: Looking For A New Camera

Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:45 am

I suggest you to buy Nikon D90 18-105mm lens kit in new condition + Nikon 70-300mm VR.
Nikon D90 kit costs around $800 these days + Nikon 70-300mm VR costs around $600. Total spent $1400.
Nikon 18-105mm lens will do normal wide angle tasks for you and zoom lens will work for long distance.
Nikon 70-300mm lens will be 105-450mm on Nikon D90 cropped sensor so you covered from 18 to 450mm by these two lenses. I do agree that pro lens for $1500 or more will give you better result but I think Nikon D90 with these two lenses is a good kit for beginner like you.

Good luck with your purchase!

With best regards from Almaty
Topic Author
Posts: 2
Joined: Tue Nov 26, 2013 9:10 pm

RE: Looking For A New Camera

Wed Nov 27, 2013 4:03 pm

Hey guys I found this on eBay it's just a Nikon D90 with a 70-300mm lens nothing else do you recommend I but it?
Here is the link:

Posts: 221
Joined: Wed Jun 02, 2010 4:58 am

RE: Looking For A New Camera

Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:51 am

I say go for a used/refurbished D90 or D7000 with the 70-300 Nikkor or Tamron for starters. IMO, avoid DX only lenses unless you can find them for cheap. I have one, a 35mm f1.8G, but all my other lenses are now FX capable as well.

Between both bodies mentioned, I'd lean more to the D7000 considering you can get them in the $500-600 range used. It's got most of the bells and whistles you'll need and then some: (2 card slots / dual-dials / quick enough focusing / a good buffer for most use / a strong weather proof body / very good battery life / excellent image quality / built-in motor to use a wide variety of lenses, and more headroom for cropping than a 12 mp sensor).

Once you feel you're going to get more serious about your photography and want move on to the next phase, you'll want to start upgrading your lenses (again keep FX capability in mind when purchasing). You'll immediately notice an improvement in image quality with better glass, even with the same body. Eventually, you might want to do high ISO or high-speed, fast-action shooting and might want to graduate to an FX body. No problem, by now, you've already invested in some decent FX capable lenses that will complement the new body......

Regarding used purchasing:

I've been lucky with used lenses so far, but I do a lot of research before buying. Try to avoid jumping at the cheapest listing as more often than not, there's a hidden reason for the low price. I tend to lean more to the more reputable stores and look at the return policies. You don't want to get stuck with a damaged sensor or body that was dropped or suffered other abuse that the owner tried to hide. They should have a reasonable return policy.
Nikon D7000 / Nikkor 105mm AF f2.8 / Nikkor 35 f1.8G / Nikkor 50 f1.8D / Nikkor 85mm / Nikkor 300mm f4 AF

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests

Popular Searches On Airliners.net

Top Photos of Last:   24 Hours  •  48 Hours  •  7 Days  •  30 Days  •  180 Days  •  365 Days  •  All Time

Military Aircraft Every type from fighters to helicopters from air forces around the globe

Classic Airliners Props and jets from the good old days

Flight Decks Views from inside the cockpit

Aircraft Cabins Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior

Cargo Aircraft Pictures of great freighter aircraft

Government Aircraft Aircraft flying government officials

Helicopters Our large helicopter section. Both military and civil versions

Blimps / Airships Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin

Night Photos Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon

Accidents Accident, incident and crash related photos

Air to Air Photos taken by airborne photographers of airborne aircraft

Special Paint Schemes Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries

Airport Overviews Airport overviews from the air or ground

Tails and Winglets Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos