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    D3100 or D90

    I'm thinking its time to retire my trusty old D40. I have great lenses now and think a newer camera would take more advantage of them. I mostly like taking pictures at airshows. I'm looking at the D3100 or D90.
    Nikon D40
    Nikon D90

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    Nikkor 35mm f1.8
    Nikkor 16-85 vr
    Nikkor 70-300 vr

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    How are your airshow pictures with the D40?

    I'm also considering an upgrade and for me, I don't think a D3100 has enough to justify as an upgrade-especially since I'm keeping my D40 around.

    Any reason why you aren't considering a D5000 or D5100? A D5100 where I live costs about the same as a D90. All of these cameras have the same 11-point autofocus system, so perhaps a much more solid upgrade would be a D7000 as it has a 39-point autofocus system.
    Nikon D40|Nikon D5100|AF-S 50mm f/1.4|AF-S 18-105mm DX|SB 900|SB 400|AF-S 35mm f/1.8 DX|AF-S 10-24mm DX

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    I would love a D7000 but to much money. The airshow pictures come out very good with my D40. I would just like some more MP for when I crop the photos and the 11 point af system would be very nice. I can get a new D90 for $766.
    Nikon D40
    Nikon D90

    Lens:
    Nikkor 35mm f1.8
    Nikkor 16-85 vr
    Nikkor 70-300 vr

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    If the choice was D3100 or D90 I would go D90. More versatile, more features, more options.

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    Quote Originally Posted by K1W1 View Post
    If the choice was D3100 or D90 I would go D90. More versatile, more features, more options.
    So it looks like I could get a D5100 body for about the same price as the D90 body.
    Nikon D40
    Nikon D90

    Lens:
    Nikkor 35mm f1.8
    Nikkor 16-85 vr
    Nikkor 70-300 vr

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    Well I did it, just ordered a D90 body from B&H for $766. I have had my D40 for 5 years and its been a great camera but I want a little more and think the D90 will be great for me. I don't like video on DSLRs so I will not be using that. I have a nice HD video camera for that.
    Nikon D40
    Nikon D90

    Lens:
    Nikkor 35mm f1.8
    Nikkor 16-85 vr
    Nikkor 70-300 vr

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    Great choice you will love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scupking View Post
    I have a nice HD video camera for that.
    I have one too. Guess what its doing now ? Collecting dust. Its not even in the ballpark for quality. Its like comparing an lx3 to a d700 for IQ. I have no issue with pwople making choices and decisions based on their needs but lets be sure we deal with facts.

    Congrats on the d90.
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    I think that you are being a little harsh there Rooz. Scupking just said he didn't want to use the DSLR for video and that is a perfectly valid thing for anybody to do.

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    perhaps it appears that way, i didnt mean to be harsh necessarily...direct certainly. lol
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