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    Nikon D90 Thread

    I haven't seen much talk about this camera around here, so, since I just got one, I thought I would start a thread.

    I had this 20 2.8 sitting around, since selling my D300 and I was missing something close to 28 mm in a prime and the movie mode really intrigued me, so the rest is history.

    I have to admit that the recent DXO reports on it's DR pushed me the last little bit to get it.

    Anyway, so far, I think I like it and the DR does seem to out do my Oly a fair bit.

    The movie mode, which I never used on any of the Point and shoots I've owed over past several years, really seems to be something useful, for the fun factor, if nothing else. I did a short clip yesterday with a friend of mine and a 10.5 fisheye, that had us laughing so hard we were in tears.

    I'm still getting used to the 20 again, so I don't have much to show, but here is one from yesterday.
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    I know this is a busy thread, but I'll try to squeeze another shot in here. D90 20 2.8D
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    D90 50 1.4D
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    Nice shots Clay, how do you find manual focusing with this camera?
    And since you've had the D300, do you find the resolution of the D90 (marginally) inferior? I'm of course refering to the dpreview test of same. Personally I'm still unconvinced by the results simply because the test images apparently were shot by different lenses.
    The DXO results indicates that the D90 sensor is superb in every respect (and better than D300 and the Canon equivalents), but they don't measure resolution.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arne Hvaring View Post
    Nice shots Clay, how do you find manual focusing with this camera?
    And since you've had the D300, do you find the resolution of the D90 (marginally) inferior? I'm of course refering to the dpreview test of same. Personally I'm still unconvinced by the results simply because the test images apparently were shot by different lenses.
    The DXO results indicates that the D90 sensor is superb in every respect (and better than D300 and the Canon equivalents), but they don't measure resolution.
    Hi Arne. I think manual focus is better than most, like the Canon 20D and Rebels or my E420 or E330 but not as good as 5D, D700 or D300. I don't have the D300 any more, so I can't give you a side by side comparison, but my feeling is that there really isn't much difference between the two as far as image quality goes. I tried to find a difference in 12 bit and 14 bit, when I had the D300, but really couldn't tell the difference, maybe others can.

    One thing for sure is the live view is much better implemented in the D90 and it is smaller and lighter, and it has a movie mode.

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    Clay,
    I agree that the D90 is a nice size (and rather compact, even with a vertical grip). I wish it had the user interface and AF modes of the D300 though.

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    Clay,
    I agree that the D90 is a nice size (and rather compact, even with a vertical grip). I wish it had the user interface and AF modes of the D300 though.
    Hi Jorgen, I know there is different AF modules, but I really haven't noticed anything substantial. To tell you the truth, the last wedding I shot with the D300, I was a bit disappointed with the AF hunting during the reception, which was indoors with plenty of window light coming in from midday sunshine. Still haven't figured that one out. I know the low light focusing is much better than Olympus has, other than the E3, which I haven't tried.

    One thing that sticks out in my mind, is the difference between shooting Adobe RGB and SRGB. I've never had a camera that there was so much difference. It has always been rather subtle differences, but the D90 is like night and day with SRGB being the winner, for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by clay stewart View Post
    Hi Jorgen, I know there is different AF modules, but I really haven't noticed anything substantial. To tell you the truth, the last wedding I shot with the D300, I was a bit disappointed with the AF hunting during the reception, which was indoors with plenty of window light coming in from midday sunshine. Still haven't figured that one out. I know the low light focusing is much better than Olympus has, other than the E3, which I haven't tried.

    One thing that sticks out in my mind, is the difference between shooting Adobe RGB and SRGB. I've never had a camera that there was so much difference. It has always been rather subtle differences, but the D90 is like night and day with SRGB being the winner, for me.
    Clay,
    The big difference with the AF is mainly the ergonomic part, being able to choose mode by the flick of a switch on the D300 (or the S5 that I use). To me, that makes a lot of difference. Same with the ISO obviously. Sometimes, I simply don't have time to remove my eyes from the viewfinder.

    Interesting to hear about the superior sRGB. I always preferred that, but have been convinced that Adobe RGB is "better for me".

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    D90 question: Can the D90 use the 18-200 VR kit lens from a D300?
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    Yes as long as the lens has af-s or similiar.

    Quote Originally Posted by etrigan63 View Post
    D90 question: Can the D90 use the 18-200 VR kit lens from a D300?

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    Muchas gracias, señor!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dlew308 View Post
    Yes as long as the lens has af-s or similiar.
    Unlike the D40/D60, the D90 has a built in focus motor, so AF lenses with the screwdriver mechanism will work as well. The main limitation of the D90 is that AIS lenses or older won't meter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    The main limitation of the D90 is that AIS lenses or older won't meter.
    The AIS lenses won't meter? That throws a small wrench in my plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjlacz View Post
    The AIS lenses won't meter? That throws a small wrench in my plans.
    It's very annoying. Old Nikkors meter on Olympus, Panasonic and Canon (stop down metering), but not on "amateur" Nikons. I suppose it's a way to push more high-end cameras to those who own legacy lenses

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    I liked the light with this one as well as the composition. I don't know if it does anything for anyone else, but here it is.
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    And the Chihuahua Brothers.
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    I've been trying to bond with this new camera. It seems like a pretty good balance between size, weight and performance as well as having the availability of decent small AF primes.

    I don't know about anyone else, but I've found it difficult with the DSLR's of the past seven or eight years, to find a good balance, and feel as comfortable as I did with some film bodies of the past, like the M6, OM1, FM2, that had offered all the qualities I just mentioned. I'm sort of getting tired of buying new cameras every year or so and I've been anxious to get one that I can call good enough. It might be too early to tell, but the D90 is promising.

    D90 50 1.8D at 2.2, ISO 1000
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    D90 20 2.8 street photography, sort of.
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    Clay,
    I like the last one a lot. The first one is a bit too dark for my taste.

    I've just spent another weekend with my D80 and a couple of lenses, and found that I like it so much that I consider buying the D90 as well. Compact size, even with the grip, and lots of performance for a reasonable price. My only gripes are some ergonomic disadvantages compared to D300 and S5 (particularly AF modes), and obviously the fact that it doesn't meter with AIS lenses.

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    Clay,
    I like the last one a lot. The first one is a bit too dark for my taste.

    I've just spent another weekend with my D80 and a couple of lenses, and found that I like it so much that I consider buying the D90 as well. Compact size, even with the grip, and lots of performance for a reasonable price. My only gripes are some ergonomic disadvantages compared to D300 and S5 (particularly AF modes), and obviously the fact that it doesn't meter with AIS lenses.
    Thanks Jorgen. Yeah, it would be nice if Nikon made a fully functional body the size of the D90 or even smaller. Even though I owned a F2 and F3 in the film days, my favorite body was the FM2.

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    Maybe I should just let this tread die, since I'm apparently the only one who bought a D90 amidst a sea of G1s, A900s, D3s, D3Xs etc........ Naw, not just yet. Both with the 20 2.8 .
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    I have this friend, that has a lot of static electricity in his house, so I decided to see if there was enough to light a light bulb, while simply standing on the carpet. Just as I suspected the bulb lit right up.
    Nikon D90, 35 2.0
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    D90 ISO 6400 50 [email protected] I thought I would share this. A friend and I were comparing the D300 and D90 high ISO's today and I think the D90 won at 6400, but maybe the D300 was better at 3200. Nothing scientifically conclusive, just some personal impressions. This is converted to jpeg in ACR, resized, with nothing else done.
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    I actually traded in my D300 to get my D90 after I bought the D700. I couldn't see myself lugging around two fairly heavy camera all the time. So i sacrifice a little on features and went the lighter route. So far I really like the D90. It is just the correct size for my hand and the image quality is as good as the D300.

    The metering situation with the AIS lens is a bit of a pain since I do like my manual focus lens. However I have enough newer Nikkon AF-D and AF-S lenses that it is not a real problem. Besides I only carry three primes with this camera anyway to keep the weight down.
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    Nice shots Hansen, I like the gradual tonal shift in the second one.

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    Thank Clay, I was having a lot of fun.
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