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    upgrading from a d3100

    Hello I am upgrading from a d3100 because I am trying to start a photography/videography company and the 3100 isn't cutting it anymore. I have been tasked with doing a live demonstration next month on the 15th and it could make my business. I have made videos with the 3100, but I am looking at getting a d5600 at the moment because of better video and the external mic jack. I really like nikons and I want to stay with Nikon, I don't have the capital to spend more than $750, I have been looking at them online, but I am seeing a lot of different price ranges. I have a few weeks to buy the camera but I would like atleast a full week before I have to put it to use professionally. Should I buy used or new? I have also been looking at body only options, but I can't seem to find any that aren't on backorder. I currently own a prime 35mm lense and have the kit lens from the 3100, will I need the kit lens on the newer camera or is it the same as the one I currently have? Also what are your experiences with buying from online retailers? Should I buy from BestBuy and get a 3 yr accident warranty on it. My current 3100 has a shutter count of 7591, but I have shot atleast 2-300-10 minute movies on it and I have never dropped it or gotten scratches on it.


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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    Welcome!

    Maybe you can rent the D5600 and try it out before you buy. I don't use the video option on any of my Nikons.
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  3. #3
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    Welcome aboard. Enjoy the ride.
    We look forward to seeing more posts and samples of your work.

    Yes. I would make the same recommendation as Marilynne as I also don't do any serious video and my cameras.
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  4. #4
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    I'd consider a refurb d7200 or even the sometimes disliked d7500. The d7500 has a tilt screen. B&H has either of those refurbed for $700 right now. The reason I suggest a d7x00 is for the user interface. More quick access buttons and less menu diving like on the d3x00 and d5x00 series. At some point, a serious shooter ends up wanting these controls for quick on-the-fly changes rather than jumping into the menus to make changes. The top lcd is nice too so you can quickly see important settings at a glance.
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    I must have a really good camera.

  5. #5
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    you have piqued my interest with this idea, As it stands Best buy and target list the 5600 new with the kit lense AF-P, the one I have is a AF-S, which is just louder and not made of plastic 699.00 with around 100 extra for 2+ year warranty that include drops and spills. So I could just spike my camera like a football and get a brand new one ? Or I could go with Band H and get a possible grey market refurb? However the refurbs are cheaper on amazon by about 100 bucks, is refurb the way to go?

  6. #6
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    I would not buy a refurb on amazon. A refurb on amazon might be used and 'renewed' which could mean they just wiped it down. It could also be gray. It will be a Nikon usa factory refurb from B&H or Adorama. I bought my d7100 and 2 d7200's as refurbs. I got mine from Adorama but b&h is good too. When Adorama has refurbs, they usually have the best price. Nikon refurbs are pretty much perfect. Likely just returns during the 30 day return period that most sellers give. Its always possible they might have been broken but you gotta hope that Nikon knows how to fix them. And they still would be early returns. As far as I know Nikon does not swap out cameras for warranty work, so there are no high mileage cameras in the refurb stream.
    I must have a really good camera.

  7. #7
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    How high of a shutter count would you accept? And should I get the accident warranty?

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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeDream View Post
    Hello I am upgrading from a d3100 because I am trying to start a photography/videography company and the 3100 isn't cutting it anymore. I have been tasked with doing a live demonstration next month on the 15th and it could make my business. I have made videos with the 3100, but I am looking at getting a d5600 at the moment because of better video and the external mic jack. I really like nikons and I want to stay with Nikon, I don't have the capital to spend more than $750, I have been looking at them online, but I am seeing a lot of different price ranges. I have a few weeks to buy the camera but I would like atleast a full week before I have to put it to use professionally. Should I buy used or new? I have also been looking at body only options, but I can't seem to find any that aren't on backorder. I currently own a prime 35mm lense and have the kit lens from the 3100, will I need the kit lens on the newer camera or is it the same as the one I currently have? Also what are your experiences with buying from online retailers? Should I buy from BestBuy and get a 3 yr accident warranty on it. My current 3100 has a shutter count of 7591, but I have shot atleast 2-300-10 minute movies on it and I have never dropped it or gotten scratches on it.
    I started with a D3000, which is similar to the D3100. I own a D5300 and love it! It is about the same as a D5600 and cheaper. I have been reading articles and comparisons for different cameras to figure out which ones I wanted, and looked within what I wanted to spend. They both have the fully articulating screens, to get shots from the ground without laying on the ground, if needed. One thing I really was looking for was auto exposure bracketing, for HDR photography. Not sure if the D5600 has it, by the way. I recently bought a D610, a "full frame" camera. The lenses are all interchangable, but they work differently. Using the 610, there is an outline where the pic will be taken, not from the whole picture that you see. Not sure of the correct words to use for what I just said. The lens worked just fine, but I had to be aware more of what I was looking at.So the 3000, 5000, and 7000 "series" all use non full frame lenses, so nothing to worry about there with your lenses, if that is what you end up getting.
    I have bought most of my recent cameras from ebay and facebook marketplace, successfully. The 610 was through fb marketplace but was a camera shop/studio. As far as warranties, my personal preference is to never buy them, but have never needed the accidental coverage. Read reviews on the company that BB uses at the very least. What I have read about warranties, the "experts" mostly advise against the added expense.

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  9. #9
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    Quote Originally Posted by OrangeDream View Post
    How high of a shutter count would you accept? And should I get the accident warranty?
    They won't tell you the shutter count, but you could return it. My d7100 and first d7200 had about 5 on the shutter count. The 2nd d7200 surprisingly had about 2000 clicks. I got that at a real good price from Adorama so I was happy. So I guess I would be ok with 3000 or less. The accident is up to you. I bought it once. Got it cheap and it was a 4 year plan. Generally I don't get insurance or extra warranty on any gadgets but that is up to you.
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    I must have a really good camera.

  10. #10
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    Re: upgrading from a d3100

    just bought the 7500 on b and h refurbished from nikon with the 3 yr clumsy person warranty, it was 80 bucks extra, it will be here before friday, the 5600 body only is backordered everywhere and wasn't able to find anything other than the 18-55 af-p kit lens which is around the same price. Hopefully I get a decent camera
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