"Be all that you can be!" Get the d80...
If you can afford the D80, get the D80.Chris R..
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..
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?..
IMO - no way to go wrong with that set up...
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.....
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...
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...
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..
So does anyone else have any suggestions for me? Every little bit helps...
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.