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nikon d5100 v d3200

probie 13 24 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 9:34AM
hi, i have the nikon d3100 with two lenses (18-105, 55-300) and i am looking to buy the 50mm 1.8g, i was thinking of upgrading my camera body and was looking at either the d5100 or the d3200? i can't decide if it is worth upgrading and if i did which one to go for? any advice would be greatly appreciated.

GarethRobinson 15 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 9:42AM
Looking at your folio I would say save some money by not getting a new camera, spend it on some nice glass, and get more into editing your images to make them shine, and later on move on up the body ladder. Image quality on the d5100 and d3200 is not the big jump you might expect and will require better glass.

Keep on snapping.
probie 13 24 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 1:30PM
thanks garethrobinson,
are there any lenses you would recomend, i have 18-105, 55-300 and i am looking to buy the 50mm 1.8g,
GarethRobinson 15 1.0k 2 United Kingdom
22 Mar 2013 3:36PM
Pete it really depends on what you want to photograph, the 35mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.8,Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 are all good on DX bodies for portraits and general walk about, for landscapes the older sigma 10-20mm or Tokina 12-24mm, for telephoto work Nikon 80-200mm (cheaper than the 70-200mm) Nikon 300mm F4, etc.
thewilliam 13 6.1k
22 Mar 2013 4:24PM
If you really must upgrade, the D3200 is a later camera with more pixels so will give better image quality. The D5100 will allow you to take creative control more easily.
probie 13 24 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2013 9:48AM
thanks everyone,
I am now looking at another camera like the Nikon d3200 as my oldest daughter is going to do photography as part of her duke of Edinburgh course, can anyone tell me how good the d3200 is?
any help would be appreciated.

kodachrome 9 736
30 Apr 2013 7:31AM
OK, read the DPReview on the D3200, they found it to have more noise at higher ISO than previous models, but that is no big deal breaker really. My favourite Nikon at the entry/mid level is the D5100.
I think it has better IQ than the 24mp models, but that's just my opinion for what its worth.
Having said all that the D3200 gets high marks in many reviews, but then the D5100 did as well and that model may be available quite cheaply on the second hand market.

Sorry for not being more helpful.
probie 13 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 10:02AM
thanks kodachrome,
as I will be passing my d3100 over to my daughter I would like to upgrade but I don't want to spend too much and was considering the d3200 as I have enjoyed the d3100 so much, I was wondering how good the d3200 is and if anyone thought there was any other options,
many thanks

Coventryphotog Junior Member 8 149 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 10:25AM
The 3200 is still an entry level machine, as with the 3100, you find that the higher up the Nikon level structure you climb the easier it is to take control of your photography.....

It is all up to you, naturally, to decide how far you want to take things, but a good general rule is buy the best you can afford Smile with that in mind you should perhaps not disregard the second hand market - take a look on London Camera Exchange SH website - a mass of options for most budgets.

Best of luck.
probie 13 24 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2013 2:10PM
I have looked at London camera exchange and most of their cameras are not much cheaper than brand new ones, I would much rather have a brand new one as I then know exactly how it has been treated, the highest I could go to is either a d5200 or a d7000,
thanks pete

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