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What should I get? D70, D40, D80, or D200
Greetings and salutations. I'm new to this field, but has always had a passion for taking pictures. I would like to get into photography and some day more professional photography. I have been looking at the Nikon D70, D40, D80, & D200. I do have a limit on what I can buy, but I figure if I do it now I don't have to do it later. No matter how much I read I really want a good opinion on what you guys think I should go for. Thanks..

Comments (7)

The reputation of the site you mentioned is execrable. If you'd like to just throw money away, at least find a charity. As to which camera body? All are good, each one is a fine selection for it's price range. If you expect to advance quickly and really make an effort to exploit the camera for learning, I'd probably suggest the D80. The D200 is clearly the feature packed leader of the group, but it's not really set up as a beginner camera. The D80 offers pretty much all of the picture taking features, but isn't "sealed" and isn't 5 fps.

No matter which you buy, in a year or so the prices will have dropped, there might be a superceding model, etc. With any of them, you could apply the differnce to more or better lenses, which are much more stable in design and price than bodies...

Comment #1

Hie..

I'm new in this field.but I don't know how to use slr camera till now.i bought canon 350D as my first camera to tart in this field.. can you tell me what I should know and do for start my hobby using this slr camera??..

Comment #2

George, I very agree with Craig's suggestion, all the 4 cameras can meet their price, if your money is enough, D200 is better choice.

I got a D80 because think about the price, after several months, I feel it is a good one.

Now I bought a 50mm 1.8 lens, maybe throw the money to lens is better..

Comment #3

George, You can't go wrong with any of these choices. I presently shoot with the D70 and I love it! However, for my needs I will soon need to upgrade to the D200. If you plan on going into photography professionally VERY soon, I would suggest purchasing the D200, otherwise any of the others would suit your needs just fine. Sherri Meyer.

Http://www.sherrimeyer.com...

Comment #4

From what you're saying your needs are - good camera, within a budget, just beginning - I would suggest the D40. It takes great pictures, is light on the budget, you can set it up to do a lot of the thinking for you until you are ready to begin using manual mode...

Comment #5

I am looking to buy a Nikon D80 with an 18-200 Nikkor lense, but I am having trouble finding the lense, can anyone help please, I am in the UK and do not want to buy outside this country thanks..

Comment #6

Buy the best you can afford! I got a D40 for 250 with a 2GB SD card. Shop around for the best deal and remember to factor in the lens. If you don't need professional speed and weather sealing, a D80 with a 18 - 70.

Kit lens would be better than say a D200 for the same price. Remember to factor in a memory card and some kind of decent bag to carry the the thing around safely. One point about the D40, you are a bit restricted in lens choice if you want auto focus as only Nikon AFS and Sigma HSM will auto focus with this camera. There are still a good few options (I plan to get Sigma 10-20mm HSM, Sigma 30mm f1.4 HSM, Nikon 70 - 300VR AFS and Nikon AFS 105 VR f2.8 Micro). I wanted to buy Sigma's 17-70 f2.8 macro as a.

"walk around" lens, but as it is not HSM, it wont auto focus. If you are a complete beginner a D40 with the Sigma 30mm would be an excellent way of learning though...

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