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I was going to ask if it was permissible to ask questions about digital gear, because APUG is adamantly against *any* d*g*t*l questions. But since you have a DX dedicated forum, here goes.

I would like to add a digital Nikon to my gear. I've decided for my style of shooting a lower-priced camera would fill the bill nicely (not to mention the pocketbook). Which one of the newer Nikons for under $1500.00 would you all recommend?

My style of shooting is documentary, mostly. There are a b'zillion subjects where I live, and a half-b'zillion on my six acres. I'm kind of indiscriminate, but I do lean towards macro and microcosms, if that's any help.

Thanks to all who reply.

With best regards,

Stephen
 
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I second the D7000. I'm loving mine.
I use mine for personal enjoyment. I don't make money as a photographer.
 
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Welcome to the cafe. You'll gain access to a talented group here.

Another recent release to consider is the D5100, which has a few Dx0 numbers that rival the D7000. You can see those numbers at www.nikonrumors.com

Like the other's, I think the D7000 probably offers a few other advantages over the D5100, but it's hundreds of dollars more....so it should have some advantages.
 
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If you need lenses too, pickup a D90 while you still can since it's a very nice camera and a lot cheaper, and then used the money leftover for lenses.
 
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If you need lenses too, pickup a D90 while you still can since it's a very nice camera and a lot cheaper, and then used the money leftover for lenses.


That is exactly what I would do if I had some cash laying around.
 
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D90 + 60 2.8 , previous version.

D7000 + 60 2.8 N ,current version, for a bit more money. I have this combination and love it. My FX cameras are better, but more expensive, heavier, bigger, and much more expensive. For a beginner or moderately experienced person, FX is not a good trade off.

150 mm is too long a focal length for DX as a single lens.
 
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If 1500 is the total budget (not just camera body budget), I'd suggest a D90, Nikon 85mm f3.5 macro, SB-600, and Tamron 17-50 f2.8. That combo will get you a great digital walkaround for documentary and a great macro setup.

I'd suggest the 85mm over a 150 or longer macro because it will be easier to handhold and when you add tubes (for microcosms), you will get a greater magnification and still be able to handhold at those magnifications. I shoot a 180mm macro and can not handhold past 2:1 mag.
 
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D7000 plus a killer prime. Might pop you just over $1500 but you should be able to squeeze in a 35 1.8 or 50 1.4 with some careful shopping. Doesn't leave much for cards, bags, flashes though.
 
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