Nikon D90 Camera £695.90 after Nikon cashback @ Amazon - HotUKDeals
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This is the Nikon D90

You may not think its a good deal as it says 755.90 but there is a 60 quid cashback on this camera at the moment

Absolute bargain for a great camera

http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/cashback/D90.html
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#1
When I went to Currys the other day, I was disappointed how dark the Nikon viewfinders are compared to Sony, Canon and Olympus. I looked at the D3000 and D5000. I hope the D90 is brighter otherwise you will have a hard time with manual focus.

In any case before you buy a DSLR it is most important to have one in your hand first. There are huge differences in handling and comfort.

This is a good price for a D90, so hot for that.
#2
pet2000
When I went to Currys the other day, I was disappointed how dark the Nikon viewfinders are compared to Sony, Canon and Olympus. I looked at the D3000 and D5000. I hope the D90 is brighter otherwise you will have a hard time with manual focus.

In any case before you buy a DSLR it is most important to have one in your hand first. There are huge differences in handling and comfort.

This is a good price for a D90, so hot for that.

Great price fore the D90.
I had a go with a few cameras over the past couple of months and settled on the D3000, i actualy thought the viewfinder was clear and lighter than the Canon's, I suppose a lot depends on the shop lighting, (they wouldnt let me take the cameras out of the shop to see, even though i explained that it would be for landscape photos primarily, maybe i should have had a shave and a haircut before i went in the shop!!)
#3
Point missed about viewfinders on DSLR's

If you shove a fast lens on the front of the camera, the viewfinder will be bright.
#4
pet2000
When I went to Currys the other day, I was disappointed how dark the Nikon viewfinders are compared to Sony, Canon and Olympus. I looked at the D3000 and D5000. I hope the D90 is brighter otherwise you will have a hard time with manual focus.
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The D90 has pentaprism viefinder, the D3000 & D5000 have pentamirrors.The former is better and so yes the viewfinder on the D90 does appear noticeably better imho.

I do find the Nikon DLSRs expensive compared to the Cannon models but as each have different features not many models are a direct comparison.
#5
This article gives a good comparison of D90 v D5000 if anyone is interested ;
http://mansurovs.com/nikon-d5000-vs-d90
#6
As noted above the d90 finder is miles better than any of the entry level cameras due to the prism.

I disagree that the D3000 and D5000 have poor finders next to the Olympus and Canon finders. The Canon ones are basically identical and the Olympus stuff is far worse, like looking down a telescope the wrong way, why do you think Olympus are moving to cams with no mirror and no finder? It is because it is the weak link in their DSLR system, that and a sensor that is too small.

If you can live with the D5000 finder then that offers a compelling alternative to this at a £200 saving with no real loss in functionality other than compatibility with very old lenses. That aside D90 is a great piece of kit, just don't be surprised if it is updated in the next 4 months or so.
#7
"Point missed about viewfinders on DSLR's

If you shove a fast lens on the front of the camera, the viewfinder will be bright."


This is not strictly true, the focusing screens on modern DSLRs get no brighter than they are when used with f2.8 lens so there is no advantage in mounting something faster (like a f1.8 prime) just for viewfinder purposes. Obviously there are other advantages though.
#8
Paddy72
"Point missed about viewfinders on DSLR's

If you shove a fast lens on the front of the camera, the viewfinder will be bright."


This is not strictly true, the focusing screens on modern DSLRs get no brighter than they are when used with f2.8 lens so there is no advantage in mounting something faster (like a f1.8 prime) just for viewfinder purposes. Obviously there are other advantages though.


Not sure I understand your comment.

As londis stated If you fit a faster lens your viewfinder will appear brighter. The standard kit lenses are normally F3.5-5.6, especially at 55mm where it is f5.6, these appear appreciably duller than f2.8 lenses. If you fit a 50mm f1.8 it will appear brighter still - the reason: the faster lenses let more light in.
#9
Paddy72
As noted above the d90 finder is miles better than any of the entry level cameras due to the prism.
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If you can live with the D5000 finder then that offers a compelling alternative to this at a £200 saving with no real loss in functionality other than compatibility with very old lenses. That aside D90 is a great piece of kit, just don't be surprised if it is updated in the next 4 months or so.


I think the D90 does offer sufficient benefits to justify the £200 price difference, but maybe not for all types of photographers;
- 18-105 lens - supposedly better than the 18-55 that comes with the D5000
- The LCD monitor on the back of the D90 a 3.0" LCD with 920,000 pixels, whereas D5000 has a 2.7" LCD with 230,000 pixels.
- Depth of preview button
- easier access to specific camera functions
- D90 has a top-mounted information display and D5000 does not have this feature
- D90 has a "flash commander" mode for control of remote flashes like SB-600/Sb-900; D5000 does not.

Where the Nikon's falls down v the Canon's is in their video capability imho. I hope the D90 gets replaced soon as hopefully there would be some good deals on it, as it and the D5000, seem a little overpriced to me.
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garibaldi
Not sure I understand your comment.

As londis stated If you fit a faster lens your viewfinder will appear brighter. The standard kit lenses are normally F3.5-5.6, especially at 55mm where it is f5.6, these appear appreciably duller than f2.8 lenses. If you fit a 50mm f1.8 it will appear brighter still - the reason: the faster lenses let more light in.


Not true the prismatic screens fitted to todays autofocus cams don't benefit from anything faster than f2.8, they are optimised for exactly the kind of slower kit zooms you mention above. This is why people use Katz eye screens for manual focusing work on autofocus cameras. I have looked for a good source but could only come up with this from Rockwell:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/slrs/5d/focus-screens.htm

Granted he ain't the most reliable source but in this case he is right.
#11
Paddy72
Not true the prismatic screens fitted to todays autofocus cams don't benefit from anything faster than f2.8, they are optimised for exactly the kind of slower kit zooms you mention above. This is why people use Katz eye screens for manual focusing work on autofocus cameras. I have looked for a good source but could only come up with this from Rockwell:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/canon/slrs/5d/focus-screens.htm

Granted he ain't the most reliable source but in this case he is right.


Never new that - thank you. i must admit I knew my 2.8 zoom was brighter than my 4, but never really noticed my 1.8 prime was the same as my 2.8! Rep added!
#12
garibaldi
Never new that - thank you. i must admit I knew my 2.8 zoom was brighter than my 4, but never really noticed my 1.8 prime was the same as my 2.8! Rep added!


You are most welcome and thanks for the reply.
#13
Working link to cashback: http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/cashback/post/D90.html

Just bought my D90 for £735 from an Amazon Seller... so £675 :)

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