Buying Nikon D80 any comments welcome

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Ro phantom, May 17, 2008.

  1. Ro phantom

    Ro phantom Guest

    So I have decided to purchase a new Nikon D80 with a 28-80 & 70-300 nikon
    lense. Any comments are welcome good or bad. If anyone has one and could
    post some pics shot with it, that would be nice. You will probably see me
    here more often once I get it. Should arrive by next weekend I hope.
    Thanks in advance

    Ro phantom, May 17, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    If you haven't had any invest on Nikon system then you may want to take a
    look at Canon system. Point your browser to and go from

    You may want to take a look at the Canon 40D which should be lot better
    than Nikon D80, or many people compare it with the Nikon D300. And I read
    that comparing to all older series the Nikon D300 is the good model.
    Joel, May 18, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    a 28-80mm lens on a nikon d80 is equivalent to a 42-120mm lens, which
    is not very wide at all. that may not matter to you, but it would to
    me! the 70-300 is equivalent to a 105-450mm, and if you enjoy
    telephoto, that will be ideal.

    as for the camera, the d80 is excellent, especially at the prices it's
    been lately. dpreview has a very thorough review, with numerous sample
    Guest, May 18, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Canon 40D mate.
    The One, May 18, 2008
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    RoushStudios Guest

    The D80 is a great camera. And being it's a name brand body you'll be
    able to grow with it by adding Pro Series Nikon lenses. I purchased
    the D80 for my College Classes that I teach and have found it to be a
    great system. It has all the manual functions that you'll eventually
    learn if you take the time to do so. If you take an online photo
    course such as the one I offer you'll learn to use all the functions
    in all modes. It is really a good investment.
    Jeff Roush / photography instructor
    RoushStudios, May 19, 2008
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    PDM Guest

    There is a rumour I've heard that Nikon will announce a new replacement for
    the D80 in August/September. Suspect this may be true as the price of the
    D80 has dropped quite a lot over the last couple of months as retailers get
    rid of there stock in preparation for the new models. So it may be worth
    while hanging on for a bit.

    PDM, May 19, 2008
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    PDM Guest

    A Canon 40D compares to a Nikon D300? You are joking of course. The D300
    knocks spots of the 40D. Yes it's a very good camera, but its not in the
    same ballpark at all.

    PDM, May 19, 2008
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    JJ Guest

    I hear ya! :)

    40D - Way to go!

    JJ, May 19, 2008
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    Ro phantom Guest

    Thank you all so much for the advise. I did look at the canon 40D and its
    very nice. I think I am still going to go with the Nikon D80 as it will fit
    my needs and is about $200 dollars cheaper. Hope to see you all here again
    in the few weeks.

    Ro phantom, May 20, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Nikon D80 is a fine camera, but if you want to compare the price the you
    should compare Canon 40D with something like Nikon D300, because many (or
    most) people compare Canon 40D with Nikon D300 and they think they are in
    same class.

    I am not Nikon user but read some about Nikon and it's the first time I
    heard both Canon and Nikon users mention the improvement of Nikon D300.
    Joel, May 20, 2008
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    No Poster Guest

    I've had one for a bit over a year. It takes pretty good photos, but one
    thing to remember is that it likes to over-expose. I tend to run EV at -.3
    or -.7 when I am not in manual mode (usually aperture priority).
    No Poster, May 23, 2008
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    No Poster Guest

    Yeah, I asked a while back what the new name would be. That was around the
    time of the D3 announcement. I suspect it will be a watered down D300,
    with SD RAM instead of the aging Compact Flash. I've also been guessing it
    will be called the D90.
    No Poster, May 23, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    If CF is old technology, why do the high end boxes use CF and the entry
    level use SD-ram. I suspect it may have something to do with speed, but I
    have little knowledge in of that area. Perhaps one of our engineering
    friends can explain. I gave up after Goggling through five pages.
    Peter, May 24, 2008
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    Burgerman Guest

    More to do with the fact that a photographer in the field or in a the dark
    with a pocketful of SD cards wouldnt know one from the other and they are
    too easy to lose. CF is bigger stronger and has more space to scribble stuff
    and is harder to mislay.
    Burgerman, May 24, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    I am not Nikon user to have much or any experience about Nikon to share (I
    hope someone won't jump up and down saying don't say if not Nikon owner),
    but in general most if not all Digital Cameras have pretty similar
    options/features/setup (I am pretty sure).

    - Most if not all should have option to set one or several custom setting
    for some basic setting like "Brightness", "Sharpness", "Noise", "Soft",
    "Temperature" etc.. and some has more option than other

    - Most if not all should have compression level

    - Most if not all should have meter to display the brighness measurement the
    camera sees (....|....), and you can use either Shutter-speed or Aperture to
    adjust the brightness. It may not work with <M> and Flash (indoor) but
    should work for outdoor photography (I am not outdoor photography to have
    much detail to share).

    Also, same with my Canons, with same lens some (like the Canon 40D) is
    brighter than other, and I like little underexposed more than overexposed.
    Yup! I read quite afew people like the brighter capture of 40D but I prefer
    a little darker.
    Joel, May 24, 2008
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    No Poster Guest

    Flip through the Wiki on these and you will see that SD is faster, at least
    spec-wise. There is a new forthcoming CF standard is faster than both and
    it gets rid of the easily bendable pins.

    There are many theories as to why CF is still in use. One is that Pros
    have so much invested in them that camera companies are afraid to change.
    I guess, but they change cameras often too.
    No Poster, May 24, 2008
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    The One Guest

    Also, same with my Canons, with same lens some (like the Canon 40D) is
    You should be exposing to the right and capturing as much info as possible,
    that means overexposing to the extent of not burning out the highlights.

    Underexpose if you want fewer shades with less info captured in them.
    The One, May 24, 2008
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    Peter Guest

    Thanks for the information. According to the Wiki a new and better CF
    standard is coming. Also, it seems that CF is more reliable than SD.
    Peter, May 24, 2008
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    Joel Guest

    Few months ago when my last checked with the CF, and 32GB is/was the
    largest and 266-300X is/was the fastest. Comparing to SDHC I have the 8GB
    SDHC Class-6 I got about a year ago for my GPS, and 8GB is/was the lastest,
    and Class-6 is the fastest which I read it's somewhere around 33-66X or so
    (I may be wrong as it's my first and only SDHC and I got few different
    Joel, May 24, 2008
  20. I've seen 133x SDHC Class 6 cards. I'm not sure if those are the fastest;
    remember, the SD class only specify the minimum speeds for the category.
    Blinky the Shark, May 24, 2008
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