I need Help please.
I want to purchase a DSLR and I am torn between a d40 and a d80. Can someone please nudge me in the right direction. Thank you all in advance...

Comments (11)

"Be all that you can be!" Get the d80...

Comment #1

If you can afford the D80, get the D80.Chris R..

Comment #2

The D80 is a better (and more expensive) camera. Depending on what you shoot, a D40 may be all you ever need... and it has a reputation as being particularly friendly for beginners with a good built-in help function. However... the D80 is compatible with a much wider range of Nikon (and third party) lenses. The D40 lacks an in-body autofocus motor and is more limited to which lenses it will work with.

If you want something more esoteric, it could be..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #3

I was actually going to purchase this kit:.

Nikon D80 with the * 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S and the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED AF-S VR all for 1500.00. What do you guys think?..

Comment #4

IMO - no way to go wrong with that set up...

Comment #5

You'll be happy with that for sure..

Personally I'd get the 18-70 instead the 18-135. The optical and build quality is much better, and the 135mm isn't that useful without VR. And you still have the whole range covered.Or get the 18-200VR and a 50mm 1.8 for the same money.....

Comment #6

Well, it's a package deal so I cannot pick out what I want. It basically comes with that. I mean I am sure I can eventually sell the 18-135 and buy the other one...

Comment #7

I have the 18-70. I'd stick with the 18-135 and not have to change lenses as often. You'll have great IQ with the lenses you've planned on getting...

Comment #8

Librapaj wrote:.

I want to purchase a DSLR and I am torn between a d40 and a d80. Cansomeone please nudge me in the right direction. Thank you all inadvance..


I think the D80 is basic enough for a beginner to learn how to use it (e.g., at least this was true for me), but it's also challenging enough to prepare you for more advanced semi-pro/pro cameras that you'll likely be looking to buy (in the future) as your photography improves. I went from the D80 to the D300 with ease..


Comment #9

So does anyone else have any suggestions for me? Every little bit helps...

Comment #10

I'm from the canon world, and cannot advise on the body. But for indoor shots what you need is a fast lens-one that lets lots of light in. Get a 50 1.8 or 1.4, or something wider. Not familiar with the nikon set of lenses but a 30mm or a 24mm that is fast would be great-however at least on the canon side they're pretty expensive. I know there's an inexpensive 50 1.8. That will let you take indoor shots without a flash and get a natural looking photo.


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