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Question, is the Nikon D5300 best dslr to buy for around £500 or less?

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by windheaven, Feb 25, 2018.

  1. windheaven

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    ive looked around quality and feature wise d5300 seems best for £500 is this true?
    anything better
     
  2. Energize

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    You can get a used Nikon D7200 used for around £500, it's a significantly better camera.

    Twice the battery life, vastly better viewfinder, better AF system, greater lens compatibility, 2 card slots, weather sealed, faster shooting speed with quadruple the buffer size, and much better ergonomics with an extra dial, plus some extra features like AF fine tuning.
     
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2018
  3. Chuk_Chuk

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    Hi All,

    Sorry to bump this old thread but it seemed better than starting a new one.
    I'm looking for my first DSLR to play around with and recently a used D7000 (<20000 shutter activiations) came up for sale for £370 (includes 1 lens and some other minor things). Would i better of getting a D7000 or waiting for a D5300 to go on sale and picking that up?
     
  4. i know nothing

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  5. Chuk_Chuk

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  6. i know nothing

    Mobster

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    I have one, brilliant camera. Have you thought about lenses? I suspect if you buy used it might come with a kit lens, but if you ever find yourself buying just a body, consider the 35mm f1.8 DX prime lens for your first purchase (it's a 50mm equivalent if you're talking 35mm), cracking lens and super sharp for less than 150 quid new.
     
  7. robfosters

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    Also, don’t forget the 7 series have the LCD on top for viewing settings quickly. I used to think this wasn’t that important, but I find it invaluable now on my 7200 and will never buy another DSLR without one.

    One thing to note is that if you wanted to have a go at Sports or fast action photography, then the 7200 is a far better option as it has a much larger continuous shooting RAW buffer. The 7100 takes around 3 images before the buffer fills. It then goes to 1 image a second. The 7200 will rattle off around 18 14-bit RAW images in a row, more if you choose the 1.3x crop option. Much better for action photography.
     
  8. Chuk_Chuk

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    Is MBP a good place to pick up a camera (£404 -449)? Are there any alternative places?
     
  9. Energize

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    It's not quite that bad. :p The buffer of the D7000 holds 12 raw images and the D7100 8, D7200 is 26.

    Ebay.
     
  10. robfosters

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    Not at lossless 14 bit shooting. Trust me, I’ve got a D7200. It’s around 18 raw images.
     
  11. Energize

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    Nah, I'll take the manufacturers specification list and the independent verifications of those specifications over your word.
     
  12. robfosters

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  13. sHo0sH

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  14. robfosters

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    It’s not that, you will see from the link that even Nikon state 18 images for 14-bit lossless RAW.
     
  15. Chuk_Chuk

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    While more would be nice, its a bit out of my price range. Also you can kind of "compensate" by getting a UHS class 3 card.

    Talking about SDcards. I'm assuming that a micro sdcard with an adaptor should work just as well as a full sized sd card?
    Just checking because i can't shake the bad feeling that there might be something i've overlooked.
     
  16. D.P.

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    Don't shoot 14bit for action, and lossless also pointless.

    14bit lossless only makes sense when you take the time to use a tripod,remote shutter,expose to right,etc. TTo maximize image quality when you do significant amounts of post processing in photoshop.

    For anything hand held quickly processed in lightroom makes no difference
     
  17. i know nothing

    Mobster

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    I happened to notice that Amazon have the D5600 kit for sale at the moment, thought you might be interested. Quite a few Nikon bits and pieces appear to be on sale actually, I'd have a root about.
     
  18. Chuk_Chuk

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    Thanks for posting but i've just bought D7100.
     
  19. Schizo

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    If you have access to our members market there is a Nikon D5200 in there for £200
     
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    Mobster

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    Excellent choice! Have you got a lens for it? Or did it come with one?

    Edit:- This might be useful.
     
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2018