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Old 04-23-2007, 11:49 AM   #1
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DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

I loved my little SD630. I borrowed a friend's D80 to snap some pictures of my son's first T-Ball game friday night... I really felt like stomping on my SD630 after that night... The worst pictures I took with the D80 were still better than some of the best pictures I can take with the SD630.

The SD630 isn't a bad camera, and if I hadn't played with the D80, I wouldn't have said anything bad about it.

But, I am now looking into getting a nice DSLR camera. I plan on taking a photography class to refresh myself on photography basics; it was the only class in college I took other than racquetball that I every attended regularly. But, years have past, and I couldn't tell you what an f-stop is any better than how to build a jet engine.

I looked on a few sites, and can find some really good deals on the D80's, but, I noticed the D200's aren't that much more expensive.

For you guys who shoot a lot of pics with your DSLR's, what would you recommend? The D80 over the D200 or the D200 over the D80? I probably won't be purchasing one for a while, but, I might could afford one by middle summer or end of summer, and would like to get crackin on finding out which DSLR is a good camera that will grow with me, and still take some very nice near-professional pictures.
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:50 PM   #2
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

I am no expert on the Nikon line, but the d200 is supposed to be light years ahead of the d80, as far as build quality, and speed. My recommendation is always going to be canon. Canon seems to be advancing faster than nikon in the digital world. But the truth is, the canon vs. nikon argument can get as heated as the ford vs chevy, and in the end they are both tools that are used to produce a product.

If you are not sure that you will want to stick with it, or you only plan on occasional use, you might look at the d40, or possibly a used camera. find out what functions you can't live without, get your feet wet, and then when you become obsessed, you can trade up to a better camera body, without having to invest in new glass. You have to remember that the camera body is only part of the expense in a DSLR. The additional lenses, external flash units, battery packs, filters, etc. etc. will really add up, and once you buy into a system (ie canon or nikon) then you are pretty much stuck unless you want to buy it all again.

One other note. If you buy quality equipment (like a nice lens) up front, it will maintain its resale value, and should you decide to get rid of it later, you will be able to get 75% of your money back. Not true for bargain priced glass.
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Old 04-24-2007, 06:00 PM   #3
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

Gratsy for the info. More questions for ya after browsing around google a little.

I've kinda decided on the D80. From the reviews, it's a good solid camera, and both the people I know that have them (one who's been snapping pictures since high school) love their D80. The one I borrowed, I was very impressed with the camera, the ergonomics, menu setup, sdcard, etc.

I know you're a canon fan, (it's better to ask a chevy fan than a pickle salesman about what ford truck to buy, eh?) but, from the following site, which package would you recommend?

http://www.expresscameras.com/prodet...620700&start=1

Lower down, there are some packages, mainly seperated by different lenses.

I'd like a good telephoto zoom and a seperate "all around" lense for typical pictures and some macro photography.

The one I first looked at was
http://www.expresscameras.com/prodet...620700&start=1

The highest price package I'd go for would be
http://www.expresscameras.com/prodet...620700&start=1

Can you give me a good quick description between the lenses of these two packages?
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

Avoid that seller like the plague!!!!!!!!!!

I can not emphasize this enough

http://www.resellerratings.com/store/Express_Cameras

Look there, and it should tell you everything that you need to know.

Look for the prices at BHphotovideo
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

i like ritzcamera/wolfcamera because of no tax and free shipping , and $10-20 discount if you use google checkout
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

There are some good places to buy on the internet. But I would never buy from a place without checking it out at resellerratings.com first.

B&H, Samy's, 17th Ave, Beach Camera, just to name a few of the one's that I like.

By the way kc5deb, if the only thing keeping you from looking at and or considering a canon camera is the fact that you haven't used one, let me know, and we can set something up so that You can use mine sometime. It may be that you like the nikon better, or it may be the other way around, but whatever the outcome at least you will be better informed.

Cameras and lenses cost too much, and can become a very longterm investment. You should use both brands before deciding one way or the other if they are available.
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

I can't say enough "thank you's" for checkin out that site for me. I've completely quit looking on expresscamera.

I'm browsing around on some of the others listed, and am curious about glass manufacturers.

What are some average lense manuf's to go with and to stay away from?

The 2 I see most of are Nikon's lenses and Sigma lenses.

BTW, I am checking out a Canon EOS rebel XT at the moment. I've got a few months before I can probably afford a camera, so, might as well get my hands on a few different brands and models so I can find the one I like best.

If I decide to go the Canon route, same question; what are the bad and good lenses?

*EDIT* What do you think about the Canon Rebel XTi?
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Re: DSLR question for you camera guru's - D80 or D200?

you can check really good reviews of any camera/lenses here:

kenrockwell.com

here is his review for the Canon Rebel XTi: click here

do a search on his site, his reviews are pretty good.
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