A&P Here are the finalists...you decide.

Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by hootpie, May 24, 2009.

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Which to get?

  1. D80 + Tamron 17-50 2.8 from BHPhoto for $968.20

    14 vote(s)
    30.4%
  2. Canon 30D + Tamron 17-50 2.8 from Adorama for $1020.04

    2 vote(s)
    4.3%
  3. Canon 40D + Tamron 17-50 2.8 from private seller for $1040

    30 vote(s)
    65.2%
  1. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    Nikon D80 + Tamron 17-50 2.8 from BH Photo $968.20 shipped
    Pros: Cheapest, 90-day warranty, refurbed to factory specs, reputable online dealer, lens is new, I prefer the ergonomics just a little bit more, and SDHC memory.

    Cons: no real cons here other than it being the "weakest" body in the group



    Canon 30D + Tamron 17-50 2.8 from Adorama $1020.04 shipped
    Pros: Better than the D80, 1 year warranty from Adorama, reputable dealer, lens is new, refurbed to factory specs, I prefer the 30d's ergonomics to the 40d

    Cons: not as good as the 40d



    Canon 40D + Tamron 17-50 2.8 from private seller $1040 shipped
    Pros: best/newest body in the group, 3" LCD, anti-dust system

    Cons: used body, used lens, and I don't get to see it before I buy it other than online pics...at least with BHPhoto/Adorama I have the ability to return/exchange if there are problems.

    In terms of ergonomics it goes D80 > 30D >>>> 40D for me.



    Edit: Bought the 40D + Tamron 17-50 from steveeD this morning :coold:
     
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  2. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    personally i would go used 40d and 17-50 :dunno: maybe i'm a bit prejudice since i went with a used 30d and a used 17-50 :o
     
  3. ThexToddster

    ThexToddster New Member

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  4. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I'm going to catch heat for this... but I'm going to go w/ the 40D. Just because its the newest and not much more expensive than the outdated D80
     
  5. tetsuo

    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    :eek2: girth recommending a canon?
     
  6. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    I didn't see the D90, D300 choice in there. :dunno:
     
  7. xenon supra

    xenon supra OT Supporter

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    re: d80.... ergonomics shmergonomics

    Your 40D/glass choice is the best all round in terms of keeping you satisfied for a good long time.
    Probably never need another dslr.
     
  9. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    What about the D200? I was looking to get that from bestbuy.com for $679.99...it dropped to $599.99, but is no longer available :o
     
  10. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    If you had the D90 or D300 as options, I'd say go w/ that. The D200 really doesn't compare to the 40D in high ISO shots. Not to mention the whole CCD vs. CMOS thing. :dunno:

    If you can find a good used D300 for sale though, I'd say jump on that... QUICK!
     
  11. adamlewis88

    adamlewis88 New Member

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    So are your ergos using arrows? Or greater than signs? It makes a pretty big difference in how I read that.

    I voted for the 40D so long as youre able to test it all out and return it if its defunct.
     
  12. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    If and only if the 40D seller is reputable somewhere and you can verify clicks and damage and whatnot, I'd take that. Otherwise it's a tossup :dunno:
     
  13. Kirk Hinrich

    Kirk Hinrich New Member

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    40D

    I hate my D80 above ISO 400
     
  14. hootpie

    hootpie New Member

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    Greater than signs. It's steveeD's 40D, so I'm assuming it all checks out and he's not looking to ripoff an OT'er

    It's steveeD's camera. I hope he's reputable :rofl:
     
  15. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    the difference between the d80/d200 sensors and the d90/d300/40d sensors is less than one full stop in noise and data retention. To say that it 'doesn't really compare' is just ridiculous.

    In real fucking life, no one on this forum could tell the difference between a 16x20 print that came from a 40d, d200, d300 or d80. Anyone that says they could is full of shit.



    If you can't use d80 images above iso 400, you're doing it wrong. Not only have I printed images for people up to and including 40x50 that were WAY higher than iso 400, but even on screen, iso 400 images from the d80/30d generation of cameras are EASILY usable in any professional non-studio application.

    You should zoom out of 100% on your images every once in a while. It's crazy what happens when you actually look at an image instead of it's pixels.



    Back to topic: All of these cameras perform within a percentage point fo each other. They're all crop sensor and similar in pixel density/megapixel size. Find a store to hold them, and buy the one that feels right in your hands. The biggest difference in these cameras is their ergonomics.
     
  16. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    besides. Canons are weak. it'd be like buying a VCR. Sure, it plays movies, but what's the point.

    ;)
     
  17. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    :bowrofl:
     
  18. asdfbunk

    asdfbunk A Member OT Supporter

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    :rofl:
     
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  20. e.pie

    e.pie Active Member

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    this
     
  21. Wheezer

    Wheezer OT Supporter

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    This thread made me dig through some of my old pics. I did a search in Lightroom for D80 ISO 800, this is the first one I came across. Not the most exciting picture but as you can see the noise is very acceptable (at least to me)

    [​IMG]

    And for the pixel peepers, here's the full size www.allenowenphotography.com/ot/DSC_8580.jpg
     
  22. Girth

    Girth ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ OT Supporter

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    here's my old D80 at ISO 1250 :dunno:

    [​IMG]
     
  23. Jbrown

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    Here's ISO 1600 from 40D

    [​IMG]
     
  24. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    definitely 40D + 17-50/2.8
     
  25. jared_IRL

    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    um girth..... there's nothing sharp in that photo.... and that has nothing to do with the high iso... Come on now.
     

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