Nikon D80 Questions

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Guest, Jan 6, 2008.

  1. I use the 18-200, though that might still be a bit expensive (it looks
    like about $700); vibration reduction is a glorious feature,
    particularly if you like interior shots at all - I could get good
    wide-angle shots with a half-second exposure hand-held inside medieval
    churches or mosques, and 1/30 at 200mm is pretty good for things like
    ships at sunset.

    The split for the VR lenses is slightly annoyingly 18-55 and 55-200,
    while I find I'm usually using the narrow and wide ends of the 18-200
    and not so much in the middle.

    There is a 24-120 VR which you might find interesting, at $500 or so,
    though the reviews are not great.

    Thomas Womack, Jan 6, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    then i'd suggest either the 18-135mm, or the 16-85vr (rumoured but
    likely to be real) and a 55-200vr.
    Guest, Jan 7, 2008
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    Guest Guest

    the d80 is older than the d40 only by about two months (september '06
    versus november '06). i just don't see why there needs to be both a
    d40 and d40x, so i suspect something might change there, but who knows.
    Guest, Jan 7, 2008
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    John Turco Guest

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    Another somewhat important thing to consider, is the particular camera's
    robustness. An SLR (film or digital) contains a "focal-plane" shutter,
    which is rather susceptible to wear and tear. Unsurprsingly, fancier,
    more expensive bodies are often far sturdier, is this respect.

    Here are two relevant examples of shutter lifetimes:

    Nikon D200 - 100,000 actuations

    Nikon D80 - 50,000 actuations

    Hence, if you plan on doing a considerable amount of shooting, the D200
    would probably be a better solution, from a standpoint of sheer cost

    By the way, my own DSLR is a Pentax K100D. Relatively "low end," but,
    it boasts a matchless feature set, for its price range. It's also fully
    compatible with vast numbers of Pentax lenses, going back many decades.

    In the final analysis, unless you actually need the D200's superior
    ruggedness, the K100D may be your best and most economical choice.

    Good luck!

    John Turco <>
    John Turco, Jan 20, 2008
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