Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
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A near perfect introduction to Digital SLR's
Member Name: MrMonochrome
Advantages: Easy to use and learn with
Disadvantages: Kit lenses are good but will be limiting in the long run.
I was looking to get a bit more serious with photography than my Sony compact would allow and the D5000 was recommended to me by a friend who does wedding and portrait photography. Luckily I managed to find a great deal on this on the high street and bought the camera body along with 2 zoom lenses which I thought would get me off to a good start.
Very easy to get to grips with the basics as everything is laid out on the camera in a nice logical fashion so after a couple of long walks out on the nearby MOD ranges I was starting to get to grips with most of the capabilities of a DSLR. Apperture and shutter speed settings are easy to change, and if you take your time setting up a shot in manual mode you'll really appreciate how much this camera can do.
Image quality even with the 'cheap' kit lenses is exceptional and although I do still carry a compact camera in my bag, the Nikon is now the choice for 99% of my pictures.
On the downside the on screen menu can be a bit confusing but nothing a bit of practice won't sort out. The only other thing with the camera body is it is limited to just 3 shots when taking bracketed images, technically this is enough to do HDR photography but it would have been nice to have the choice of 5 or 7 shots.
If you're entering into the world of DLSR then I would strongly recommend buying the D5000 but don't get the package with the 2 kit lenses. They are both quite slow and as such are somewhat limiting once you begin to get more proficient and are looking to take more challenging pictures. You'd be better off buying the camera body and a single lens that has a wider aperture than the kit lenses offer.
Summary: An excellent entry level DSLR
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