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Initial post: Nov 18, 2012 2:54:28 PM PST
I'm looking to buy a new Nikon. I had a D80 and loved it, but it broke. I'm just looking for a good all-around camera for a family photographer. All of my lenses are Nikon. Any suggestions?

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 3:03:42 PM PST
Kilgore T says:
Ken Rockwell gives pretty good (and up-to-date) advice on cameras, and he generally recommends Nikons for DSLRs. Here are his current recommendations: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm#serious

Looks like the Nikon D3200 24.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR NIKKOR Zoom Lens (Black) is it, or the Nikon 5100 if it's still available.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 3:13:43 PM PST
OldAmazonian says:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_S-mount

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 6:12:51 PM PST
Thanks for the recommendation, KT. His website is terrific.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 6:44:56 PM PST
J. S. Cooper says:
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Posted on Nov 18, 2012 7:18:19 PM PST
I,Khan says:
I like D300S

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 7:27:17 PM PST
I would consider 2 options going for full frame FX or remain in DX , if full frame there are 2 D800 around 3k usd and D600 around 2k usd ....or jus remain dx D7000 model at around 1.5k usd ,,,good luck

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 7:30:58 PM PST
Stay away from Rockwell he is a joke. Use this site www.bythom.com. The guy knows Nikon and writes a lot of guides (the best available) about them. Not exactly the easiest to get around, but most Nikon people check it every day. Check out his reviews of the Nikon cameras. Best around. Or you check out the reviews and forums on www.dpreview.com. Amazon did buy the site a few months ago but it seems to still be very impartial in the reviews.

Posted on Nov 18, 2012 7:55:51 PM PST
D. Caswell says:
Here are reviews and ratings of Nikon cameras. There's a ton of information on this web site for photographers. You could study for months:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showcat.php?perpage=12&sort=4&cat=16&ppuser=

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2012 8:26:40 PM PST
J. S. Cooper says:
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Posted on Nov 19, 2012 1:57:03 AM PST
If you contribute money to Ken you get the real reviews, if not you get the reviews slanted to encourage you to buy the product from his page and generate click-through referral income for him.

(No, not really, you always get the slanted reviews.)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 2:20:49 AM PST
Pretty much everyone bashes Rockwell. It doesn't matter which camera people use, most think Rockwell's a joke. If you shoot Nikon, bythom.com is the place to go although he has some pretty harsh things to say about the company lately. Nothing that would matter to the casual photographer.

Posted on Nov 19, 2012 3:07:04 AM PST
since he wants the best nikon camera , if you have a 6k in your pocket then go buy nikon D4 :)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 3:07:32 AM PST
The Nikon D3200 is really nice

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 3:15:18 AM PST
Adam Petrone says:
The best deal is on the D5100 now, because the D5200 is out next month. The D5100 is a super camera for home photograghy.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 3:20:09 AM PST
The D600 offers the FX format and is the least expensive of the full frame format from Nikon.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 3:35:27 AM PST
J. S. Cooper says:
I find Amazon reviews one of the best sources of information. Especially the one star reviews if you weed out those that are just whining.

I bought a Nikon lens that I didn't like at all and returned. There were lots of five star reviews and a single one star review (and also a negative opinion from Rockwell on his site). It seemed apparent that the glowing reviews were coming from people with DX format cameras, not FX. The weakness of the lens was in the area around the corners and edges which DX users would of course not notice. But as most one star reviews go, the poster was lambasted for his negative, but honest, opinion.

I used to read good reviews from Steve's and dpreview, but don't know how they are now. As many are subsidized, most reviews must be read with a discerning attitude. I don't trust Vine reviews much for that reason.

Ken Rockwell is a source of information, and to me, as good as any in suggesting some worthwhile advice. But I did get a 200mm macro based on advice that it served double duty as a telephoto. I'm sorry I ever got that lens and much prefer my 60mm lens.

As for the question about replacing a D80, I don't think there's a bad Nikon digital in the dSLR line. If you have the money, you can drop it on a D4. If you don't, taking Rockwell's advice that cheaper FX bodies have the same guts is probably sound. I've tried almost every one since the D70. The one I grab most of the time is the D3s, which has the best low light performance I've found.

But as I suggested in a previous post, if I was looking I'd consider a D800, or a d600 for $1,000 less. Or if $2,000 is still too much, one of the late model DX cameras will not disappoint. Cameras with massive pixel counts are only of benefit to prosumers looking to create huge prints (or a cropped severely). If pictures are only getting looked at on a screen, my old 3 megapixel Coolpix still works fine.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 19, 2012 4:14:36 AM PST
Since all of your lenses are Nikon, I'd go with the best DX camera which would be the Nikon D7000. FX are still too new IMO and cost too much. I called Adorama and got a showroom Nikon D7000 for $699 and a Tokina 11-16mm for $519 with 2 year warranties on each (like $20 for the lens, $40 for the camera).
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