With the release of newer compact digital cameras and DSLR camera models like Nikon Coolpix P7000 and Nikon D7000 DSLR camera, my Nikon D5000 digital SLR camera remains one of my favorites. First off, the price is very affordable. It takes good shots (as good as Nikon D90) and it’s easy to operate. You can read my full review in the article linked above.
Second, the buttons in Nikon D5000 DSLR camera are easy to to manipulate. At first it may get disorienting if you are used to Canon DSLR’s. My Facebook friends actually laughed at the Nikon D5000 DSLR for its slow auto-focus (using the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens). This is, in my experience, normal when using zoom lenses. It has no problems with autofocus when the kit lens (Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens) is on. Their units are Canon EOS 50D and Canon 500D DSLR cameras. Prices of these cameras when they bought them were $1,199.95 and $849, respectively.
For low-light conditions, I got the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens which works terrific even for night shooting. A friend recommended that I get the Nikon 50mm f/1.4G SIC SW Prime Nikkor Lens (a lens more sensitive to light, better for low-light shooting) but I didn’t go for it because of the cost. The price of the f/1.4G prime lens ($434.95) is more than 2X that of the f/1.8 prime lens ($192.95). For general photography (portraits, landscapes and small objects), these lenses are more than adequate. The 55-200mm can still shoot clear photos 300 meters away and for an amateur photographer like myself, this one is good enough. The 18-55mm kit lens, in fact, is ok if you’re simply shooting things you would normally do with a point-and-shoot digital camera. No need for other lenses if you don’t intend to shoot in MICRO or things in great distance.
The only tip I share to all digital photography enthusiasts is to attend a photography class. There is a multitude of Nikon D5000 settings and combinations thereof that should be learned to attain proper exposure, white balance and overall outcome. For starters, hobbyists and amateurs, we highly recommend the Nikon D5000 DSLR camera. It’s cheap and has interchangeable lenses that other higher-end models also use. The 12.3MP image sensor is great especially in combination with VR lenses. For better pictures, we also recommend that you use a tripod as shaking is inevitable when shooting a DSLR camera. The VR lenses can help minimize the shaking but in the long run, the weight of the body + lens will take its toll on your hands and arms.