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    Question HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    I've owned my D3100 for about 3 yrs now and feel a need for an upgrade.
    I'm in a dilemma about either upgrading my D3100 to the D7000 or keep it and purchase new lenses instead.

    I'm feeling that I'm ready to "learn" more with the D7000 compared to the entry level D3100.
    I'm on a very tight budget and would like some advice on making a sound decision.

    Also, would the D7000 be more beneficial of an investment over better lenses with the D3100?
    I'm considering the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S FX and maybe the Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S FX lens.


    Any advice/feedback would be greatly appreciated!


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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    I´m on the same boat... I just don´t see what more can a lens do to improve the sensor and the low light sensibility...
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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    I started off with the D3100 and went to the D5100 and now have a D7000. Normally I would tell you to get the lens but the jump to the D7000 gets you lots of options. The IQ is wonderful and the body is much more substantial. That was important to me since I destroyed my D3100 by dropping it less than three feet to the floor. You also get the commander mode which opens up a lot of options for flash when you are ready to go there.

    You should consider a refurbished body. That is what I did and you can get a really good deal. Where I got mine it came with a 1 year warranty

    Nikon D7000 Digital SLR Camera Body - Factory Refurbished includes Full 1 Year Warranty

    I just checked and they are out of stock with them now but you might check with them to see if they are going to get any more of them.

    Your present lenses will work with it and you can also use some of the older lenses since the body has the built in focus motor. Some great lenses there and they are cheaper.
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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    Go for the glass. Both are excellent prime lenses. I have the 24 Mp D7100 and, to be truthful, other than being able to use my D glass, my 6.2 Mp D40 takes equally good photos. I think you will really only notice a difference if you blow up your photos to poster size (and I mean BIG). For most of us the extra Mp is not really important.
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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    My thoughts exactly. The simple fact that one can use non AF-S lenses is worth the upgrade, no?
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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    I have to agree with Don.

    In this case I would upgrade the body then go for new glass. It sounds like you are no longer growing with the camera. And while a new lens would improve image quality, it sounds like you need the upgrade to a more quality experience more.

    Good glass on a camera that now no longer wows you can really take the punch out of a new lens.

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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    Quote Originally Posted by Flugelbinder View Post
    My thoughts exactly. The simple fact that one can use non AF-S lenses is worth the upgrade, no?
    Having shot both camera's I can tell you that there is a lot of difference other than MP . The D5100 and the D7000 share a sensor and there is a difference in how they handle the processing. The quality of the D7000 is better than the D5100. Both are good but there is a difference even using the same lens.
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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    Going from a 3100 to a 7000 is, in my opinion, is a freakin' no-brainer. Let's see what you'll be getting by upgrading: a built-in focus motor, better than 2 full stops more dynamic range, a full bit better color depth (that's a LOT), way more focus points, dual card-slots, weather sealing, faster burst shooting, better max shutter speed, faster max ISO, way better battery life...

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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    I agree with HF and Don! Given the choice between a couple lenses to use on the D3100 or to get the D7000, I'd buy the D7000! I think you'll be a lot happier, and then you can work on trying to get a lens when you can!
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    Re: HELP: D3100-->D7000 or Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S and/or Nikon 50mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens?

    That is, in fact a no-brainer. I tried a T4i (sorry guys) under the same conditions last night (after I got the 28-85) and there´s still a HUGE difference between IQ...
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