who wrote:It comes back also to what you can work with, and get the results from.
Sounds like you are used to Canon.... so you have familiarity with that system.
But you can equally consider Nikon gear, which is what I have and also look at the consider better.....
There a good range of Nikon gear now - it depends on what you want in lenses (primes vs zooms) - as Nikon haven't updated their prime range in quite a long time, but have some new zooms out to match their FX bodies (D700 / D3).
As a zoom combo - in Nikon lenses - you have the 14-24 f2.8 at about $2290 (ECS) 24-70 f2.8 at $2195 -- these are both excellent zooms.
Then there is the 70-200 f2.8 VR lens for $2395 -- although this has some bad rep as being soft in the corners on a FX body -- I am not sure how true and realistic this comment is. It is also rumoured that this lens will be upgraded sometime (as happened with the 24-70, which replaced the 28-70 f2.8 last year).
In primes - The 85 f1.4 is very good based on all the pics I have seen from it.
Longer than that, you have choices which are either big dollars or slower lenses Depending on how much length and speed you want and can afford. Bearing in mind, you can push high ISO on the better bodies, so even an 80-400 VR (f5.6 at the long end) may do for your sport shooting?
Bodies - ECS in Sydney advertise the cheapest Aus prices for genuine Nikon Aus stock I know of.... www.cameras.net.au
I have also heard on forums that some other AU B&M stores are very keen in pricing too - Ted's is one I have heard the name of..... doesn't hurt to ask, that is for sure.
Some prices - D3 $5950, D700 $3395, D300 $2195.
The other big area is flashes -- The SB-900 is the latest, greatest and largest
Anyway, good luck in your decisions and if you have specific questions on gear ask away as there is probably someone here who has or has used the gear you want to know about......
kiwifamily wrote:In fact the D40 only works with AF-S Nikons or HSM Sigmas
If you can afford it I'd go the following bodies in this order
Underload wrote:Hearty, how could the consumer level D40 and D60 work with more lenses than the D300 and beyond? I'm not sure I follow you there.
heartyfisher wrote:it's just the autofocus which won't work.
Every manual focus lens made since 1959 also works fine, if you don't mind focusing by hand and guessing at the exposure.
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