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Hello folks, I'm entirely new to photography, but I want a very good camera to get started with. I've never touched a RAW image but I've used Photosop since version 4. I'm very technically oriented and can learn about features, keywords, functions with ease. This is why I've decided to skip the entry level D40 and similar and go straight to a more "versitile" selection of DSLR's.

I have been looking at "round up" reviews all over the web as well as many MANY here, and the pros/cons of the few I've narrowed my choices down to. But, I can't decide if the extra cash for the D80 is worth it over the Pentax K10D, I've found several sites selling the K10D for 500-550 and the cheapest I can find a D80 is ~780 (Body Only) But for about 700 I can get the K10D and an SMCP-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6 ED Auto Focus Telephoto Zoom Lens. This for an easily comparable Camera to the D80, and a lense for less than I can get Body only of the D80. It just doesn't seem right... Or is the D80 just that much better? .... I've read about the K10D's compensation requirements for lowlight exposure and it's AF not being able to keep up, but is the extra cash for the D80, really worth it? Thats a pretty big spread in price to cover a comparable Camera.



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DarkSideofOZ wrote:.

Hello folks, I'm entirely new to photography, but I want a very goodcamera to get started with. I've never touched a RAW image but I'veused Photosop since version 4. I'm very technically oriented and canlearn about features, keywords, functions with ease. This is why I'vedecided to skip the entry level D40 and similar and go straight to amore "versitile" selection of DSLR's.

I have been looking at "round up" reviews all over the web as well asmany MANY here, and the pros/cons of the few I've narrowed my choicesdown to. But, I can't decide if the extra cash for the D80 is worthit over the Pentax K10D, I've found several sites selling the K10Dfor 500-550 and the cheapest I can find a D80 is ~780 (Body Only)But for about 700 I can get the K10D and an SMCP-DA 50-200mm F4-5.6ED Auto Focus Telephoto Zoom Lens. This for an easily comparableCamera to the D80, and a lense for less than I can get Body only ofthe D80. It just doesn't seem right... Or is the D80 just that muchbetter? .... I've read about the K10D's compensation requirements forlowlight exposure and it's AF not being able to keep up, but is theextra cash for the D80, really worth it? Thats a pretty big spreadin price to cover a comparable Camera.



One picture is worth 128K words..

I don't own either one although I do have another model Pentax. Here's a recent thread from the Pentax forum regarding price.http://forums.dpreview.com/...ums/readflat.asp?forum=1036&thread=26117525.

Enjoy whichever camera you decide to get..

Merries..

Arrested for laughing and waving a lightmeter...

Comment #1

Ah ok, so the price reflects the Nike Syndrome, figured maybe the camera market would be above that, but ok. Anyone else?One picture is worth 128K words...

Comment #2

The D80 is a nice camera, but there is little question that the K10D currently represents BY FAR the best DLSR value on the market. Not that jpgs are bad at reasonable print sizes, RAW K10D files are among the best in the 10mp segment. Additionally the body sits between the D80 and D200 in build quality and durability / weather resistance. Add to that the benefit of in body stabilization.... all for D40X pricing. The only things you really give up are some lens selection options, though frankly this really only matters in the high $ pro lens segment, and Nikon's industry best (IMO) flash system. I am actually a Nikon shooter (well Fuji S5 technically) but if I was starting out and wanted to get a camera under $1000 I would look seriously at K10D...

Comment #3

It is too bad you are limited in price to $700 or so. I would suggest to ask your question on the Nikon dslr forum and Pentax dslr forum as suggestions on where to get the best deals. Lenses are of equal importance and most often will stay with you longer than the camera that you will upgrade. Look at the Nikon lens forum as well.Will..

Comment #4

One of the things that inspired my choice to get a camera was this picture set:http://home.comcast.net.nyud.net/~bzee1a/.

Some fantastic pics, especially with the shockwaves.One picture is worth 128K words...

Comment #5

Better built camera. Cheaper and has inbody IS to boot..

Pentax has some really good compact prime lenses..

They are lacking in the longer primes and zooms. So it's worth a look for that price if the system fits your use/needs..

Gene..

Comment #6

The D80 is an absolutely wonderful camera. That being said, if I was buying a 10MP DSLRcamera today and didn't have a couple grand in legacy lenses, I'd buy the Pentax K10D in a heartbeat..

'Nice pen, bet you write good stories with it.'..

Comment #7

I'm new to DSLRs.Purchased mine in April 07.I think a major consideration should be ,if price is a consideration,what is the availability of moderately priced quality lenses in whatever brand you choose.All the major brands are very good cameras and in the near future you and I will probablly upgrade our camera bodies.You will invest more in lenses than in camera bodies..

In 7 months I have purchased 6 additional lenses.I have aSony A100 and I'm thinking about the A700.Last years camera bodies wil be outdated in the near future. Lenses will not...

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