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D80 vs D200
OK, I have successfully confused myself& I am stepping up to my first real DSLR after using point and shoots and a D90S still camera (which was stolen so I have no lenses to have to worry about). Camera use will be sports, nature and the occasion commercial shoot (I am in advertising). Torn between D80 and D200, I think the D80 will be enough form now but will I outgrow it and also I am a little concerned about the plastic body. Another issues is if I go D200 I can get 18-200VR glass now as a kit lens and with D80 it could be a 4-5 month wait. That being said I could also get the D80 with the 18-135 lit lens and add a 70-300, both not being VR. So, any opinions? Is the VR lens really worth the wait? Will I be happy with D80 long term?..

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The D80 vs d200 is well discussedyou can find links to many discussions here: http://www.vsxl.com/cameras/Nikon_D200_vs_Nikon_D80.html I would actually recommend considering the newly announced D40, the entry level Nikon. The key feature of all these SLRs is image quality, and all models have plenty of that. The more expensive cameras tend to be bigger and heavier and therefore less convenient...

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Kevin, taking into consideration what you have asked, the D40 is not an option. The D80 might be, but the D200 has a better auto focus which you will need for sport. If you really get into, the D80 will have it's limitations, and that is in it's use. I cannot stress enough how much better the D200 is to use once you know what you are doing. So, will you outgrow the D80. Maybe.

I think you fit the perfect profile for a D200 user. Nik..

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If sports is your primary usage, then I agree with Nik. But if your other uses include nature shots such as on a hike or casual bring-your-camera everywhere pictures, then the lighter weight of the D40 will also be valuable...

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I own both the d80 and d200 my wife and I use the cameras for weddings, to sports and there are to many options do a lot of reserch my wife loves her d80 and I can't say anything bad about the d200 just chech out a good photo shop not a retailer most don't have a clue...

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Sports is all about speed. So you may find that the difference in frames per second is important, also check the buffer sizes for continuous shooting, etc. Check discussions of focus systems and speed/response. I've recently jumped to the D200 from a KM 7D because the camera combined with the lenses I had just couldn't keep up with dynamic subjects - birds and soccer especially. Now, perhaps if I'd grabbed something like the fastest Sigmas, maybe I'd have seen a difference, the KM/Sony lens options are unobtanium (not there or too expensive or both). So besides camera speed, you need to consider lens "speed." VR adds holding capability and slower shutter speeds.

So VR isn't necessarily going to help there. Faster (more open) apertures can be critical. Focus system responsiveness is also a lens feature. The AF-S lenses should be faster than non AF-S types. Some 3rd party lenses include their own versions, like Sigma HSM, which may be as fast? as the AF-S types.

The build quality is important but assuming you don't intend to abuse the cameras, the feel and fit to your hands and control ergonomics is likely more important than the actual build. which ones do you "like?"..

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