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    Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    My watch slush fund will soon be gone on a new Nikon D90. I take sports photo's of my son's teams (mostly Hockey). I need better low light performance and the D90 will be a big step up from my D70. Kids grow up fast, watches will always be there. A new watch will have to wait, I will enjoy what watches I now have. Maybe a new strap here and there will ease my pain.
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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    Have fun with the D90. I agree with your logic. You will never get another chance to record the kids growing up which they do so fast.

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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    great taste in cameras . I have a nikon D200

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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    I just picked up a p80. yep, a nikon point and shoot. the d40x had no image stablization so for sports I had to haul around a tripod. this little sucker works pretty well.

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    The D40X is a fine camera. The VR (vibration reduction) system for Nikon is in the lenses not the camera body. VR is not meant to be used for sports or fast moving objects. It's meant to be used when the shutter speed gets low and hand shake comes in to play. While DSLR's have there advantage a good point and shoot in the right hands can produce good results.
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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    SlipKid, I can understand why you would want to upgrade from a D70 to a D90. Going from 6mp to 12mp is a big jump, but is it what you really want??

    You said you want better low light performance. Both Nikons have ISO200 as their fastest, not great but satisfactory...

    May I ask what lenses you are using? I used to feel the same when I had my D100, but found the response of even a 50mm 1.8 lens blew away the cheap kit lenses I had been used to.

    Or if you have the money to blow, how about a 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens? I owned this lens for about a year and was amazed how sharp I could shoot handheld images without a tripod.

    If low-light performance is what you want, a couple of good quality prime lenses will blow away a new body. As any film user will tell you, your pictures are only as good as the lens you use.

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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    I mainly use the Nikon 70-200 F2.8VR lens to shoot indoor ice hockey. I shoot a lot at ISO1600 and the D90 will be a big improvement over the D70.
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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    I love my new D90, glad I got it. Below is why I wanted this upgrade:

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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    Excellent hocky shot there The D90 is sure a big step from the D70 - congratulations - the 70-200mm f2.8 is a fantastic lens - I have heard the 200mm f2.0 is a blast for high speed, low light action (yes that is f2.0!!!) and comes with VR to avoid camera shake - apparently its a short stubby 'hunck of glass' ideal on a mono-pod but can be used hand-held.

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    nb. Ningad - the D200/D700/D90? - ISO200 is the minimum ISO - the D700 goes up to 25600ISO, the D90 I think goes to ISO3200 - I found my D300 would go to ISO1600 with little noise

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    Re: Money going for a new camera, not a watch

    what WB or strobe /flash did you use ... all our barns here have terrible lighting for picture taking ... I use my D200 with the 80-200 2.8 , I stepped from the D70 and a 75-300 4- 5.6 lens into the current set up and man o man what a change. BUT that said the D70 I feel was way more user friendly even when not using it on auto everything . What are range is your son in the picture ? looks like what we call midgets . 16-18 year olds , some places call it AAA
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