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This is a discussion on Nikon Camera Purchase within the Digital photography forums, part of the Photography & Fine art photography category; After doing some research I'm pretty sure I will be going with the Nikon D80 body for my new camera. ...

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    After doing some research I'm pretty sure I will be going with the Nikon D80 body for my new camera. My Sony H5 has been a great learning camera, but Im ready for something else now... Im thinking about getting the Nikkor 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 lens. Does anyone own the D80? Travis, I think you do... I read somewhere you thought you maybe shouldve gone with a D60 body and a better lens? What are your and anyones opinions on the lens and any other essential peices of equipment? filters cases etc... I'd really like to hear from anyone who actually owns and shoots with this camera. The more info the better! Thanks all!

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    My first suggestion is even though I use a Canon I would go to the store and get a feel for them in your hand, I had thought of going with a Rebel until I picked one up, then it was not going to happen, I also looked at Nikon and Sony but for the weight and feel I just preferred the Canon I bought, I think Nikon/Canon/Sony quality and lens options are fairly comparable, but holding it and feeling how it feels in your hand is important. Even if your just choosing between those two models may be worth holding, touching and seeing how it feels in your hands. Slight differences in weight, button placements and ergonomics can make a bigger difference then some realize.
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    Nope.... I have the D60.....

    The D60 pinches a lot of techs from the D80 (sensor and processing algorithms)... The D80 is due for a redesign (I'm think they are calling it the D90) but I'm not sure..... anyways regardless the D80 is still a better camera then D60...

    You say you are moving upward... so in my opinion the D60 would not be for you... this is only because of the lens limitations.... the D40/40x/60 do not have autofocus motors in the cameras.... the focus motors are in the lenses... this limits your selection.... you can still use the lenses without the autofocus motors built in... but you have to focus yourself...

    BUT....If money is an issue... buy the D40 body and put the rest of your money in the glass.... bodies come and go but the glass stays with you... The D40 is only 6 meg pix... but if you buy 18 - 200 vr you don't really need to crop and 6 meg pix gives you plenty of room..... then you can supplement specialty lenses to taste...

    i know it sounds like a step backward but you are into big bucks if you need to buy glass and body and accessories all at once.... but if you have the money to spend then go for it(the D80)...

    The D40 also has killer flash sync speed and that might be fun to play with...

    The D80 will be worthless in a couple of years... The D40 gets you in the game with extra money for focal range... I think you shoot like me... kinda random.... so you need focal range....

    If you don't have a bottomless pit of money try this - (and remember I'm a newb)

    D40 Body
    SB400 Flash (you will need this)
    Nikkor 18 - 200mm VRII (highly rated for what it is)
    72mm Polarizer and UV filter (this is almost $200 alone)
    A few gig of memory stix
    A camera bag to hold it..
    and I'm sure you already have a tripod...

    This is a nice kit for under a couple of grand.... you can then think of a 10-20mm... and a 100mm macro...for future purchase...

    Then when you have all your glass... upgrade the body and keep the great D40 as a back up/vacation body or take it to parties you wouldn't take your main body too...


    You can do great things with a D40
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    thank you for your answers - very helpful!
    i do have to get myself to a store and handle them in person before completely making my mind up, for sure. thats the hard part of living an hour away from the closest camera shop. but its coming up here in the near future i can feel it!
    thanks for all that info travis, very much appreciated! my budget is around the $1500-$2000 range. im taking a photography course and am really looking for something that can grow with my knowledge.
    i'm a random picture taker too, landscapes, buildings, people, outdoors, indoors, etc. im looking to play around alot with focus, lighting, (flash and natural, so the flash info is useful) fliters, & macro.

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    That is the best way to get into photography, shoot anything and everything and see what really grabs your interest, or you may just continue on that path of just enjoying shooting everything, good luck with the photography course. One can never have to much knowledge.
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    yup, i did a bunch of comparing on the lens and if i do go this route, im pretty sure i'll have to go for the 18-200mm...

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    The lenses are always the killer moneywise. Most good bodies are 1000. plus and some people skimp on the lenses after that. That's a mistake since the camera is just a box...it's the lens you need to take the nice shot.

    I would check out reviews for your potential lenses and at this point buy something decent. It doesn't have to be the 'best' lens but it should get decent reviews. I haven't read the reviews on the 18-200mm but if the reviews are good, I would suggest that this is a good learning all purpose lens.
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    i did find a good comparison for the lenses, which made me lean more towards the 18-200mm, one main reason being the VR option. here is the link to the review...

    http://www.digitalreview.ca/content/...on_intro.shtml

    the d80 body may be a little over my head at this point, but i'd rather spend a few more dollars now, and have the body that will grow with me. i also found this comparison between the d80 and canon bodies, rebel xti/eos 400d...

    http://www.digitalreview.ca/Content/...ikon-D80.shtml

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    yes... the VR on the 18-200 is second generation... with the added option image stabilization of handheld shake + source shake (like taking a picture from a moving car).... or for me... i'm looking forward to using it on a boat taking pictures of wakeboarding...

    it is supposed to give you and extra 4 stops... the original VR was 3 stops...

    most pro reviewer(s) support the claim...
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    Wish I would have had my Camera at last years Wakestock in Toronto, but depending on the Lineup may possibly go again this year. I don't think the Camera will be over your head, don't let it overwhelm you. This is what I did, I bought a book for my Camera, found the manual that came with it, just lacking. And I sat with the book and spent an hour or two a sitting with the Camera and reading through the book with camera in hand so when it was explaining something I would look and check it out on the Camera. For the extra 30 bucks to your cost I found it invaluable and within a week I had the camera down pat.
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