A&P Upgrading from D40...what to buy?

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  1. J R B

    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    I have had my D40 for about 6 months, and I am getting pretty frustrated with it. Mainly the fact that I can't use older lenses on it that don't have the focus motor built into the lens.

    I don't consider my self a camera noob, I know quite a bit about photography and only bought the D40 because of the price, and I was converting to digital. At the time I didn't think it was a big deal that the D40 didn't have a built in focus motor, but now it is a huge pain in the ass.

    I would like to upgrade (just the body) to something new(ish) with a little bit more megapixels. However, I would like to spend less than $1000 CAN on it if I can. I'm only looking at Nikon, since I already have a few lenses.

    What would be a nice step up from the D40? (ANYTHING, I know.) D200?
     
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    bakinbits -This Space for Rent-

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    I'm a complete noob and don't even own an SLR, however...

    I've been researching for the last month or so and it sounds like the logical upgrade would be the D80. It supports the older lenses, has the AF motor, and also has more MP (D40 is 6, D80 is 10). There are also features such as bracketing and depth of field previews that the D40 doesn't have.

    I'm about to pull the trigger any second on the D80 myself. You can find bodies as low as US$781 from B&H and JR.

    Remember though.. I'm still a noob without a camera of my own.
     
  3. tenxia

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    how much are you willing to spend?
     
  4. J R B

    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    Ideally, I would like to spend less than $1000 CAN.

    I am looking at a D200 body right now on eBay, that seems to be pretty good. I am assuming D200 > D80? I'd like to buy a body that I'll be proud of, and will allow me to do what I want.

    Are there any other models I should be considering?
     
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    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    Say I was able to get a hold of a D200 body for less than $1000, would it be better to get over the D80 body?
     
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    You have to be careful buying it off of EBay though too. Because if you buy off of EBay and then need it fixed if you sent it off to Nikon they might not fix it if it is a Gray Market camera.
    But if you just get it fixed locally at a local repair shop then you can get it.

    The D200 is a better camera then the D80. The D200 has more options then the D80 has.
     
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    Well, if you already have lenses and are a pretty experienced photographer, might as well go for d200.
     
  9. J R B

    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    Yeah, it's from eBay, but it's actually a camera store, so I guess I can trust this one.

    But yeah, that's an excellent point.
     
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    The only reason I suggested the whole EBay thing is because I have seen it all the time where customers buy stuff off of EBay and then they get burned because it's a gray market camera.
    I don't like seeing customers getting burned by dealers
     
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    J R B The pink pills are for your sanity, we are buried

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    I have heard a lot about people getting screwed with gray market equipment on ebay. Sometimes it's easy to spot (too good to be true deals), sometimes it's not.
     
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    Ya sometimes it is easy to spot but a lot of times it is hard to tell if it's gray market. The D80 is still a great camera too. But the D200 is a better camera with more features
     

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