A&P Should I go DSLR?

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  1. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    I've been reading a good bit on DSLRs and the latest crop of Nikon/Canon products, though I'm partial to Nikon. I'm by no means a "professional" photographer it's just one of my hobbies.

    I currently use a Nikon N55 with a Kodak (bleh - it's crap, I know) 80-210 zoom and a Sigma 20mm F1.8 wideangle. Cars are my thing mostly but I'm expanding my subjects :).

    I'm caught between the D80 and the D40 simply because I don't know how important it is for me to have a focus drive motor. Am I really going to miss it? I hardly use AF now anyways...Is it worth it to drop the $1K for the D80 just in case it has some feature that the D40 doesn't, something I find out later that I really want/need?

    Advice, anyone?
     
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    19Godfather86 New Member

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    The D80 compared to the D40 is a whole different kind of camera. If you're not down for dropping the extra dough on the D80 I'd reccomend a D70s, D70, or even a D50 before the D40. I really think that having an inbody motor makes all the difference. Don't let MP sway you towards a D40x over say, a D70, because the advantages of more MP are not going to outweigh the D70's feature set/ergonomics.

    Oh, and if you're not using autofocus you should be using it. It's definitely faster than you are at focusing, and it's most likely more accurate.
     
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    i dont get all the hate on the D40. Its really not a bad of a camera, I love the thing. It is however, my first SLR camera. Im using the kit lense and a 50mm 1.8 portrait lense, and having to manually focus that lense really doesnt bother me. If your worried about the megapixel, get the D40x
     
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    the d80 is a great camera. I don't care for the layout, lack of LCD screens and the drive motor. I still have a couple lenses that require the drive motor.
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    Even a used D70 or D70s would be a good bargain. If you get the D40 and find that you want to continue with photography, you'll find it to be a limitation and you'll eventually upgrade.
     
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    I'd go D50 over D70...

    Do some reading.
     
  7. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    I just don't want to use a cannonball to kill a mosquito, you know?
     
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    Yes
     
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    and I wouldn't...the d70's features are worth every penny over the d50, even if they are cosmetic/non-photo functional.
     
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    I was up between both the D50 and the D70/D70s.

    I shot both, I preferred the D50.

    :dunno:

    The more I read online the happier I was that I chose the D50 it processes higher ISO's much better than the D70.
     
  11. tenplanescrashing

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    then don't get the d200 & above. anything below that is really considered entry-level or prosumer. the d40 is just a way for nikon to lower the price of a DSLR to compete with Canon and the d50 is their true entry level DSLR. the d70 used to be in this position before it was discontinued and was, in my view, worlds better. It eventually was replaced by the d80 and is probably the best bang for the buck.
     
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    The high ISO capabilities of the D50 are really appealing. I think I'm going to pick one up once they're around 300 bucks used, and use it as my low light/concert camera. Then I wouldn't have to worry about people spilling beer on my D80...
     
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    Derrict No, I am not Amish OT Supporter

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    a high iso nikon :mamoru:
     
  14. Dysfnctnl85

    Dysfnctnl85 IT/Apple/Rotary/(D)SLR Crew

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    Interesting...I wouldn't expect that, but then again, what do I know?

    Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm looking to make a purchase in the next month, so I'll keep lurking in here :)
     
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    OMG NOT HIGH ISO.

    some people have never used film?
     

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