"Excellent camera for amature to pro."5.0 starson by Rabid_Clam
Pros: Uses 'F' mount lense with VR and Auto Focus. Multi meny available to create any setting needed manual to totally automatic. Thrid party support tutorials are great and solve any issue you may have. Is light and easy to handle, low battery crain..
Cons: Large SD memory larger than 32gig does not work and if not specific brand name 16 gig or larger will NOT work. Very finnicky on supported brand names memory. Manual is fairly complete but very cruptic. Long timed exposures difficult to make.
Summary: THe movie in HD is excellent. Gives tremendous versitility to the already fantastic camera. With adequate training more manual modes can be used giving excellent results. Amature can use totally automatic with very good to excellent results. Image size can be adjusted to save memory space or left as is for total detail. Photos can be taken in JPEG or RAW or both at the same time. Trmemdous versitility for amature to pro.
Is not as robust in construction as higher end models so more care needs to be taken to prevent damage. Camera renders better images with only a minimal amouht of knowledge but the more the knowledge the better the image. Third party DVDs are great like Magic Lanturn which explains it all in simple terms making anyone a pro.
Multi menues are complete. User will need to scroll thru every menu several times to get a grip on all the options available. Some you will want to set permenanatly for the most part. The choices you want are easy to find and use, I use 'A' or apature priority mosly with ISO at 200, this works out best for almose every shot. The camera does the rest for shutter speed. You may want to experiment with 'S' for shutter priority and then also 'P' for programed mode.
Over all this camera offers everything one could want in a high end camera at a very reasonable price. It uses the same lenses the very best Nikon bodies use so there are NO restrictions on lens quality. The VR attribute is escellent for increasing sharpness in image quality limiting noise. The self cleaning function can be set fo one of several different modes and times, your choice.
Bettery useage is very low. Seldom would one ever need to carry an extra battery. Optional battery packs are available for those who may need larger draw.
Many great options are available that work excellently with this model. Over all is an excellent choice for any photographer. I searched the web for months studying cameras of all brands and odels for months before settling on Nikon and then studied Nikon models for months before settling on the D90. So far I have zero regrets on the camera. It usually comes with the 18-105mm lens if you get a kit, but I would recommend the 18-200MM II model which has a lock on it where this model always has creep and the lock prevents damage. If wider angle sots are needed I recommend the 10-24mm zoom which I also bought and this solves almost any wide angle shot need. THe last one might consider is the 80-400mm lens which between the three lenses you will have the ost suprub range of lens focal lengths to work almost any show with.
The Nikon Teleconverters do not work with all lenses but a third party teleconverter does and it does an excellent job working with all lenses also at a far lower cost.
Over all the Nikon D90 is the best over all choice for the amature to pro photographer and the lenses I suggested will make up a suprub kit. The external flash is recommended for indoors shots.
I give this camera five stars.