Moving to the next level of DSLR - recommendations?
May 15, 2012 10:17 AM Subscribe
Six months ago, I posted about learning
to take pictures of my three-month-old baby. I got some great advice and have left auto mode behind (for the most part). However, I think it might be time to move on from my trusty D40 and would love some recommendations. Or am I jumping the gun too quickly?
posted by CrazyGabby to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (16 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
My tastes run to natural light photography; we're generally indoors, often with low light. My current frustration is the quality of the D40's shots at higher ISOs. I see a degradation in quality going from 200 to 400, and it gets very noticeable going up to 800. Now that my little guy is crawling, even shooting wide open often doesn't let me set the shutter speed high enough to avoid blur. Here is what I'm looking for:
- I would like to stay with Nikon. Several people in my original thread recommended getting a prime lens. I picked up a 35mm f/1.8G, and holy crap, I love my lens. My lens is a Nikkor, and while I know there are adapters available, I'd rather stick with a Nikon if at all possible.
- Great at higher ISOs.
- Fast auto focus. I think more focal points would be great (the D40 has 3) but I know there will be plenty of situations where I might not have time to mess with it.
- I'd like something where I can pick it up and not spend forever trying to locate functions and settings. I wish I had more time to practice than I do. However, my time with my little guy is limited (work full time and he's in bed about an hour after we get home). I know there will be plenty to learn about any new piece of equipment, but I would like to hit the ground running as much as possible.
One more question - am I even correct that upgrading my camera would help? Or am I just a)running into a common limitation of low light photography and/or b)hitting a steeper part of the learning curve? Or all of the above?
You've already helped me come so far. Thanks in advance for any additional help!