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took the plunge with Nikon D60

It's been 20 years or so since I had my last SLR, using film and digital point-n-shoots since then. Bought a new Nikon P60 this past April and have enjoyed shooting with it, but enough to realize that I was ready for more of a camera. The forum here and other online reviews really helped, but being able to handle the different cameras was important. I wanted to keep the price down as much as possible and eventually it seemed to come down to the Sony A200 and the Nikon D60. The D60, although it was another $200 or so over the Sony, won out in the end. I really liked the feel of the compact body in my hand and the quiet operation of the DX/AF/VR series lenses. However, the Sony made my decision very tough. It is a wonderful camera, especially at the price point. For the price of the D60 with the standard lens, I could have had a Sony A200 in a two-lens kit.

Just bought the Nikon D60 yesterday and haven't even taken it out of the box yet. Looking forward to learning about photography again!

By the way, the reviews recommended that buyers consider moving up from the D60 to the D80. Certainly the features and construction and operational performance confirmed that, but I found the slightly larger body of the D80 and the shape of the hand grip to be far more awkward than the smaller D60. This sort of difference cannot be determined via online reviews, but requires hands-on testing. Of course the D80 was another $200 or so.

I say this for those who are also shopping for a camera. Get out there and test the cameras in a store. And although I might have saved a few bucks buying online, I ended up getting a good deal locally on the D60.

Again, thanks to forum threads over the past several months that were very helpful in thinking about a new camera.

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Nikon D60

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If you previously used a SLR film camera, you will feel right at home with the D60.

Enjoy the new camera.

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just fine

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I think you will enjoy the D60. It's just like the people that say to get the Canon 40D over the XSI, but the XSI could be the better choice for many people. Depends on what you plan to do.

Photography: Where shooting bystanders is perfectly legal.

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First use of D60

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Charged the battery and got off a few first shots before having to come into work today. So much to learn, but already I can see that I will be able to do so much more with the D60. Bought the 55-200mm VR lens in addition to the 18-55mm VR kit. The 55-200 is about the same size of the kit lens, but I think provides better balance when holding the camera. These digital SLRs are so lightweight! A real pleasure to use.

We'll be going up to Quebec City later in August and I am really looking forward to using the D60 on that trip.

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