I am new to this forum, got reference from one of my friends. I am a BA student in journalism, also doing a part time job in a small newspaper. I shoot for my college articles as well as for the news daily. Currently I am using a D5000 with a 50mm prime. I was thinking of upgrading for a long time and recently came across a D3x, used by a professional photographer here. saw the piece and its well maintained, shutter count is around 40-50k (assumption - will need to check the actual count), he stores all his equipment's in a digicab. He is quoting a price of 3.2 lakhs (not sure whether I will be able to arrange these funds), but would like to get a second opinion from hobbyists here in this forum. The body is in great condition, all accessories are there and probably might get a battery pack too in this price. please advise me.
i have by now read through the entire thread. now, here is what i suggest:
1. lens. your existing 50mm is surely not enough. so you need to get at least one more lens.
so get yourself a af-s 17~35mm/f2.8 ed. (http://www.nikon.co.in/en_IN/product_details.page?DCRPath=templatedata/en_IN/saleable_product_information/data/Nikkor%20Lenses/FX%20Format/Zoom/Wide-angle%20Zoom/AF-S%20Zoom-Nikkor%2017-35mm%20f2.8D%20IF-ED.xml¤tProductTab=2&CategoryID=gp11zkyu
). this is an fx lens and probably all that you need for photojournalism of the conventional kind.
if you feel this is too expensive, the compromise is the 16~85mm f/3.5~5.6 VR. (http://www.nikon.co.in/en_IN/product_details.page?DCRPath=templatedata/en_IN/saleable_product_information/data/Nikkor%20Lenses/DX%20Format/Zoom/AF-S%20DX%20NIKKOR%2016-85mm%20f3.5-5.6G%20ED%20VR%205.3x.xml&CategoryID=gp11zkyu¤tTab=gp11zkz4¤tLink=gp11zkz8
). this will also get the job done, though it is a slower lens.
2. body. you have a d5000. it will do for now. but as you climb the ladder as a photojournalist, you will need a better body. a pro-grade one. no, make that two.
but you do not really need a d3, d3s or a d3x, not even a d800. logically, a d300 or d300s will do. honestly. rarely have i seen photojournalists use ff, 95% use aps-c crop bodies. just look around at a news conference or event where press photographers congregate ... most will have the 16~35/2.8 or 17~40/4 or similar on the cams in their hands, and if you look in their bags, you will find a spare body with probably a 24~70/2.8 on it, and a 70~200/2.8 or similar in the bag. that's it. if you feel you need a ff, then go get yourself d700 used later.
do not not go overboard, either on the body or the lens. take my advice.
now you may ask, what my credentials are that i am saying all this and how your taking my advice is justified. ok. here is why. i have been part of the delhi press corps since 1985. that is 27 years of hard core journalism. and i have been in the thick of things economic, political, social and otherwise as a journalist, a television news and current affairs producer, and a sat-tv news channel head. so go ahead, think of all i have said and invest wisely. what you shoot with does not matter, so long as you are able to be in the right place at the right time and are able to get the right shot. all the time. that is what photojournalism is all about. best of luck.