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  1. #21
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    One other very big item to consider with the D7100 is the camera has the builtin autofocus motors which allows you to use older, but excellent lenses like the 80-200mm non-afs model in AF mode. This can potentionally be a real money saver if you want to use older, used, lower cost lenses.


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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    Perfectly explained and that is my point and what is getting me on the long road. I don't want a Porsche if I can only run it at 55mph.
    Quote Originally Posted by RocketCowboy View Post
    So, the other data point so that you have my whole experience.

    I initially bought the D5300 over the D7100 because of two features that I thought were deal killers: wifi and GPS. In practical use, however, neither performed as I anticipated and became non-features. The GPS typically did not lock location often enough to effectively geo-tag images, and the wifi functionality was less than ideal. I believe they've done away with the GPS functionality in the D5500, and for that matter, the wifi functionality has been changed/improved as well.

    I started building a list of features that I needed that the D5300 could not provide, and made the change to the D7100 about a year later. Now, I was getting more serious with my photography, and that's why those features became important, but the D5300 is no slouch either.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by wcharon View Post
    Perfectly explained and that is my point and what is getting me on the long road. I don't want a Porsche if I can only run it at 55mph.
    Always go with the Porsche; there is no substitute.

    But I agree on the Corvette analogy.


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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    One other feature that I considered when I went from the D5100 to the D7100 was the weather sealing. I don't worry near as much if I get caught out in the rain. It is not water proof so you can dunk it under water but getting caught out in the rain is not as much a problem.
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    D5300, D5500, and D7100, all will give you similar image quality, I dont think you would be able to tell the difference. So it will come down to what features appeal to you, and price. For me the D7100 is the winner, because of the better controls, control wheels and buttons beat menu driven controls.
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  6. #26
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    Thanks. I thin you guys have convinced me for the D7100. How I said, I will go tomorrow and see how it feels and if I get it I will have 10 days to return it.

    Let's see and will keep you guys posted.
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by wcharon View Post
    Thanks. I thin you guys have convinced me for the D7100. How I said, I will go tomorrow and see how it feels and if I get it I will have 10 days to return it.

    Let's see and will keep you guys posted.
    I don't thing you will be disappointed!


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  8. #28
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    I started out with a D5200, and I now have a D5300. As said before, I was intrigued by the GPS, but it is not all I had hoped for.

    I recently bought a D300, which is a precursor to the D7nnn series. It has the larger, heavier body, with dual control wheels, built-in autofocus motor for my old "D" lens, and it has the much larger and brighter pentaprism viewfinder as opposed to the pentamirror system on the D5nnn.

    The D300 is an old camera, but I am really enjoying it. There are features that I miss that are commonplace on current cameras, like video (I think the D300 has it, but I have not found it yet), and when I think of my D300 combined with my D5300, I see a nice D7100.
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by RobV View Post
    The D300 is an old camera, but I am really enjoying it. There are features that I miss that are commonplace on current cameras, like video (I think the D300 has it, but I have not found it yet), and when I think of my D300 combined with my D5300, I see a nice D7100.
    If you have the D300, it does NOT have video. Video was added to the D300s.

    Finally, if you shoot much action, the D7200 has a much larger buffer which lets you shoot a lot more pictures before the camera slows down.
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    Re: Help me Decide D5300 vs D5500

    Quote Originally Posted by RocketCowboy View Post
    Always go with the Porsche; there is no substitute.

    But I agree on the Corvette analogy.


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    Ridiculous. Of course you can substitute a corvette for a Porsche.

    Well, you know, as likely long as you only drive in straight lines.

    Oh, and if you don't mind replacing the engine once or twice a year.

    But other than that, almost no real difference between the two...

    Lol

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