A&P Tax refund + noobcicle

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  1. NetChemica

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    I have been taking pictures for a little over a year and I'm still nowhere near being good at it. I am, however, taking classes this summer to help me improve. Right now, I'm sporting a D40 with a 18-200vr. My biggest draw back about this camera is the fact that I can't use any older lenses because of the focusing fiasco. Right now, I'm putting money away for a D80.

    However, I just got my refund check in for about $1,200, and I'm still getting that relief check that could be anywhere between $400 and $600.

    I was thinking of getting a D200 instead, but I really have the urge to get more glass rather than a better camera.

    What would otap suggest? D80 + 1 or 2 lens', or a D200 + 1 lens.

    I haven't looked at any glass. Right now, my objective is getting a camera that can use that glass.
     
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    the #1 rule...glass always comes before a new camera body. glass lasts longer, isn't outdated in a year, has a better resale value, and makes the image...not the camera
     
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    Yeah but the D40 doesn't have an AF motor so he gets limited in choices as far as that goes. I would go for a D200, to be honest. Though the image quality is pretty much the same on the D80 and D200, I just like the feel of the 200...plus it should drop in price a little (if it hasn't already, I haven't checked) since the D300 is out.
     
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    Should I stick to the D80, or dish out more money for a D200 (or fork over even more money out of my pocket for a D300 :noes:)
     
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    d80 is 90% of the d200 for less money

    major differences:
    plastic vs. mag body
    3fps vs. 5fps
    less comptability with old manual focus lenses

    same viewfinder, same AF system, same commander flash...

    If I were you I'd get the d80 with some fast primes or zooms.

    A used d80 in good condition runs ~550. Gives you room for something like a sigma 30 1.4 and a tamron 17-50 2.8. Or you could get a UWA sigma 10-20. Depends on what you want to shoot.
     
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    do NOT get the D200... if you're going to get a semi pro, get the D300 or just stick w/ the D80 and a few good lenses. The D80 and D200 have the same sensor, just different body. D80 is a lot easier to use for a starter camera because they functions are easier to understand.

    Why do I know this? I own a D80 and I just bought a D300. :)
     
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    The D80 will mount any lens the D200 mounts. :dunno:
     
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    You could get 40D with the kit lens...just sayin..
     
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    if you read his post it was asking if he should get a d80 + 2 lenses or a d200 + 1 lens. so that is what my response is towards
     
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    You can't meter with the D80 and AIS lenses. You can use spot metering with these lenses w/ the D200/D300. You can guess with the histogram but that is if you take the shot twice or more.
     

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