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Advice for First DSLR Purchase
I am currently shopping for a DSLR and my main use for the camera is to take action pictures (wakeboarding, snowboarding, sports in general, etc.) I have countless reviews on cameras and have narrowed down my search to the Nikon D80 and D200. I'm not dead set on getting one of these two camera, so if you would like to suggest another brand/model please feel free. I'm here because I want advice..

Obviously, the D200 is better for action since it has 11-point AF, 1/8000 sec max shutter, 5fps continuous shooting, but my concern is that the D200 would be too hard to learn on. The D80 is cheaper, but with only 1/4000 sec max shutter and 3fps continuous shooting action shots will suffer. Now to the questions? So would it really be that much harder to learn on the D200 vs. the D80?..

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Keener713 wrote:.

I am currently shopping for a DSLR and my main use for the camera isto take action pictures (wakeboarding, snowboarding, sports ingeneral, etc.) I have countless reviews on cameras and have narroweddown my search to the Nikon D80 and D200. I'm not dead set on gettingone of these two camera, so if you would like to suggest anotherbrand/model please feel free. I'm here because I want advice..

Check out the Canon 40D and the Canon XTi (400D). If you shoot JPEG the XTi has pretty good perfomance..

Obviously, the D200 is better for action since it has 11-point AF,1/8000 sec max shutter, 5fps continuous shooting, but my concern isthat the D200 would be too hard to learn on. The D80 is cheaper, butwith only 1/4000 sec max shutter and 3fps continuous shooting actionshots will suffer. Now to the questions? So would it really be thatmuch harder to learn on the D200 vs. the D80?.

Bill.

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Keener713 wrote:.

Obviously, the D200 is better for action since it has 11-point AF,1/8000 sec max shutter, 5fps continuous shooting, but my concern isthat the D200 would be too hard to learn on..

The dSLR model has no bearing on the difficulty of learning photography. There's nothing exotic about dSLRs functionally, they're all the same. If you're proficient with a D40, you'd have little trouble adapting to a 1Dmk3 as long as you spend 10 minutes reading the manual..

Between the D80 and D200, it looks like the D200 suits your needs better..

Although I have to ask: Is there any particular reason why the EOS 40D isn't even under consideration? The new EOS 40D matches (and exceeds) most of the specifications of the older D200 for a few hundred dollars cheaper too..

The D200 is caught in an awkward lame duck position right now outdone by a cheaper, newer, and better Canon model, and holding fort until the next-gen D300 shows up in November...

Comment #2

Well, The D200 or 40d will do nicely...But get a nice fast tele zoom too....

70-200 f/2.8 or f/4 constant f/stop..

So YOU CAN use those fast shutter speeds at a lower ISO.Peter .

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You said that you looking at the d80 and d200. is there a reason you cannot wait till fall 2007 for the d300? though with the d300 coming out the 200 might drop in price making it an attractive deal..

As far as 1/4000 or 1/8000 hutter speed you will VERY PROBABLY never use either one. 1/4000 of a sec will probably stop the space shuttle in orbit. the 1/1000 to 1/2000 will stop race cars or racing motorcycles..

The d300 is not out yet but some "experts" are stating that the canon 40d is outdone at least on paper. true??? who knows. in terms of other cameras have you looked at the pentax k10d; it cheaper than the the above 3 with a nice feature set. you could buy it and maybe 3 lenses for the price of the d300 body. just a thought...

Comment #4

I'd say any of the two should do. But in my opinion you ask an odd question and this is you ask which one will be more difficult to learn. Basicaly all SLR cameras are the same. So I sugest you get a good book or join some short course to get you started. Even though nowadays cameras are very easy to use, it's always better to know what is going on..

I don't think you need 1/8000 for the kind of photos you mention. 1/500 1/1000 should be more than enough in most cases. 5fps is nicer than 3fps, but shouldn't be too critical. I'd personaly get the cheaper one and spend the difference in lenses and a good tripod..

You can also have a look at the Pentax models, surely not as sofisticated as the Nikon or Canon, but very good value for money..

My advice is if you are serious about learning photography is use your camera in total manual mode, even focus, and jpeg. Your photos will be horrible at first (maybe not, then you can be sure you are good) but the good news is that looking at the exif, and with some patience, you will learn a lot. Ah at first you can also leave the ISO fixed, will only add to the muddle at first if it goes changing. It will be a bit frustrating at first but in the long run you will win and be able to use all the nice automatisms knowing what is going on..

Anyway, good shooting and enjoy your new camera...

Comment #5

No, the D200 is not harder to learn than other DSLRs. If that is the camera you want, get it. Since you are capable of posting on forums and managing computers well enough to use the web, I suspect you can learn what you need to operate any camera. There is, however, a lot to learn if you want to do it well..

There are several cameras you are ignoring in your discussion that are as capable as the ones you mention, and cheaper too. Have a look at Canon for sure, but Pentax has some very interesting cameras too..

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