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Old 12-19-2008, 11:54 AM
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Saw the thread on here about the D90 and was wondering if anyone owns or has used the D60. B&H Photo has it with the 18-55 and 55-200 lense for $588. All the reviews seem good. Any opinions?
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:01 PM
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I have a D50 and really like it. It's supposed to be a "simple" camera but it isn't as simple as my brain. One question, does B&H have a good reputation? That sounds awfully cheap. If it's one of those NY rip offs you will order the camera and then they will call you wanting to know if you want the charger for $100 or the battery for $90 etc. Just be careful.

Here's a review saying you might want to look at the D40 for less$$

http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d60.htm
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:21 PM
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Interesting!! I guess my main reasoning for getting the D60 over the D40 was the megapixels. At the end of the day it's not that much more and I would rather spend the $100-150 now than to pay $500 for a new one if I was not pleased.

Also, I read somewhere that the D60 does not have an auto focus in the body. Is this a big deal? I am new to this whole camera thing.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:32 PM
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Did ya notice the prices? He's talking $750 range with lenses and you are looking at $588. I ain't saying it's not legitimate but I went thru the BS a few years ago. Literally what I said above, best price until they called me that night wanting to know if I wanted a battery and a charger that is supposed to be included.

No matter which one you get, buy the remote. Its very cool.
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Old 12-19-2008, 12:39 PM
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Yes, I did notice the prices. B & H is supposed to be reputable. Also, Ritz has the same package for $649 so it seems they have come down form the article. Thanks for your input. It is greatly appreciated!!
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Just a note. I've bought from B&H many times. Sterling reputation. They are above board and entirely legit.
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Old 12-19-2008, 01:54 PM
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Both B&H and Adorama are legit camera stores that get most of the mail order business. There are others but those two get the lion's share of the mail order business. I occasionally purchase from both, waiting for Adorama to deliver my new Ricoh GX200 any day now.

There is two ways to do auto-focus with a Nikon camera. Put the motor in the camera body and mechanically link it to the lens, or put the motor in the lens and control it by the camera through the electrical contacts on the lens. First auto-focus lens depended on the camera for the motor. New lens have the motor in the lens. If you take the lens off the body and look at the lens mount ring, any Nikon camera that supports the old style of auto-focus with in-camera motor drive will have a little hole in the lower-left with a std screwdriver looking thing in there. The D40 and D60 lack this. All new Nikkor auto-focus lens will be fully functional on all Nikon dSLR bodies.

Nikon has a commitment to allow photographers to use old glass on new bodies, and with very rare exception, you can. That is why it was a big deal when Nikon released some camera bodies that did not support auto-focus of some old auto-focus lenses. Well, it was a big deal for a handful of hardcore photogs. In reality, you can mount an old auto-focus lens on a D40 or D60, and it functions perfectly well, except for the auto-focus. You must manually focus the lens. And that can be considered a big deal if you take into account new dSLRs lack a split-prism screen in the viewfinder that aids manual focus. You must depress the shutter button half way and then focus while watching the focus indicator inside of the viewfinder to determine focus. It works but is clumsy.

Fwiw, one of my favorite lens is the manual focus Nikkor 105/f2.0, made in 1962. It is well respected lens for it's tack sharp images and smooth bokah. I use it on my Nikon film SLRs and dSLRs.
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