A&P Upgrade to a new body - D80 or D200?

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  1. ftslogger

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    I am starting to make some decent money with my camera now, and I want to upgrade to a new body. I currently have a D50. Should I upgrade to a D80 or the D200? The downside to the D200, is I will have to switch to CF memory cards, but with the D80, I can use the ones I have now.

    I mainly shoot weddings, landscape/urbanscape, and other misc stuff.

    Anyone have any opinions?
     
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    I say go with the D200, Compact Flash>SD anyways
     
  3. if you can afford it...... D200
     
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    Id say wait it out. Shouldn't a new replacement for the D200 come out soon enough? I'd say, unless you have a good arsenal, invest in lenses that you would then use on your new body.
     
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    the d200 is still fairly new and nikon doesnt replace bodies as often as canon
     
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    I was just saying cause that's what I'm thinking of doing :bigthumb:. I'd rather stock up on lenses since for my purposes the D70s is enough. What exactly are the features that you feel missing from the D50 that you want from the 80/200?
     
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    with the d200...better build, higher MP, second command dial, LCD light, better overall speed/performance
     
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    + metal body


    (go with the d200)
     
  9. tenplanescrashing

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    the d80 is a great camera but if you upgraded to it, in a couple months you'll be looking for another upgrade, which would be the d200. i'd say go for the d200 now and be happy with it. the build is much better.

    and i say SD cards > CF only because bent pins = hell.
     
  10. Airpoppoff

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    Are you completely comfortable with the D50? Because if not the D200 is not going to be easy to get used to.

    SD Cards will surpass CF Soon enough so who cares about format.
     
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    you should have a full foundation with the d50 before upgrading b/c you wont be able to fully use the potention of the d200 otherwise
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    I thought I knew the d70 like the back of my hand, And only used the A/S/M modes, then I got the d200, I've watched a dvd, read a 300 page book on it, and the manual, And I'm Still not completely comfortable with it, I know it has alot more features that I'm not taking advantage of.

    I've had mine for 6 months.
     
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    I am completely comfortable with the D50. I know the menus inside and out, and I mainly shoot in A, P, and M mode on the Camera. I won't probably upgrade for at least another couple of months - I am not really in a hurry to upgrade - but I am looking at it down the road.

    I am looking at getting some new glass - and now that the 18-135 is out - I am thinking of chunking the 18-55 and getting this as the replacement - or the 18-70 if I can find one used at a decent price.

    I also want to pick up the 50mm f/1.8 as well.

    This is starting to become more of a career path - so I want to make sure I make the right decision.
     
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    Airpoppoff Vodka > Racing F1

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    If your comfortable with it, and have got the loot, I don't see why not.

    Good luck.
     
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    SD will be replacing CF within the next few years due to the redesign of indexing the cards. Expect 10G SD cards available commonly as soon as a year from now and up to 30 within 3 to 4.
     
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    I would say go with the D200. At the end of the day, even if it takes you a while to get to the point you are with the D50 on the D200 in terms of quality images, you'll always have your D50 to use while you're familiarizing yourself. Thrown into the mix you're considering profession, I would definitely say go for the D200.
     
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    The loot is coming - I am putting the money away that I am making towards a new body - Would you recommend keeping the 50 as a backup?
     
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    what are you doing to make money off your shots? if you're a wedding photographer and need the second body, i'd say keep the d50. if not, just get rid of it.
     
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    I always thought I'd never use the d70 as a backup, but I don't think Its ever worth it to me to sell it. I like having the extra body.
     
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    Right now I am a 2nd photographer shooting weddings - I am not the lead photographer in any way, but rather building up my portfolio, and getting the experiance. I am also shooting a event for a friend of a friend - its mostly group shots and candids...I have been told by all my photography friends that I could go out on my own, soon, but I need more time under my belt. I will take all the experiance that I can get. :big grin:
     

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