About to do a lot of traveling and the camera I currently have is really beat up. There are so many Nikon professional cameras but what would you recommend is the best?
depends on your level of expertise..nikon d5000 and d90 are good for beginners..
NIKON D300S is great for professionals..
you can go to dabnab.com to try a professional dslr camera for 2 weeks to see if you like to purchase one someday
"the best" ???
That would be the Nikon D3s with a max ISO of 104,200!
It depends on your HANDS and what FITS in your hands. I have a Nikon F I inherited from my father. It is about 50 years old. I have it in the shop at a local camera repair shop for a tune up and shutter calibrations. For many YEARS, all they have done is clean and lube the guts. The timing of the shutter has been accurate for many years without change. I also have a Nikon F2 bought in the late 60's, used. And this camera too, I have added to the Nikon F to get cleaned, lubricated and calibrated every year. BOTH cameras are STILL working as if new. BOTH show little signs of ANY wear and tear. Digital cameras are OK, but they have a common problem actual film cameras do NOT, a battery. Film is forever, but digital is only as long as there is battery power to keep the camera alive... That said, I actually DO have a digital camera, that I actually DO use, but only to get an IDEA of what my film will be when developed.
It ISN'T the CAMERA, but the person BEHIND the camera that makes THE picture.
Case on point, the Kodak Instamatic, a simple camera, with fixed settings for exactly TWO situations, a bright sunny day or a flash picture indoors. Kodak gave away thousands of these with free film cartridges and ran a contest, an international contest. The ONLY restriction, you took a picture with their Instamatic camera and used their film. They got hundreds of thousands of pictures from amateurs. For MANY years after, they USED these excellent images to sell the camera as after nall, these pictures were taken by someone exactly like YOU and exactly like ME. REAL people taking REAL pictures and they looked every bit as good as ANY professional!
Nikon is a really GOOD make of a camera, especially for the quality of the lens, but it is NOT the camera that makes the picture, it is the person behind the camera...
The Nikon professional cameras, the D3, D3s and D3X have been on the market for a while. Sometime in the next year, we should see the new D4's being introduced, but if you need a new professional camera, waiting would not be a good business model
Does your old "beat up" camera still do its job? My guess is you need to take better care of your camera so it does not get so beat up.
I carry my Nikon's everywhere I go (hundreds of thousands of miles a year) and they show some wear, but are NOT beat up.
While the D3s is the industry standard pro camera, it will cost you $5000 as of now. For starters the D3100 or D5000 is more than enough and a helluva alot cheaper. If you desire more professional manual controls on the camera body a D90, D7000, or D300s is a nice step up. The D700 is really a smaller cheaper D3s at $2500.
Your choice but I would recommend the D7000 as it is right in the middle. It holds up well under an insane amount of abuse and has most of the main features found on a pro camera however also has tools built in to make it easier for starters and casual shooters...