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Nikon D80, D200 or D300????

I know there are quite a few pros and semi-pros on CLSB so I am looking for some input:

So as the prices of the D80 and D200 cameras drop I am looking for input on which one to get. This would be my first DSLR. I have used my friends D80 a bit and really enjoyed it as well as my crappy point-n-shoot.

I have already purchased a 50 mm 1.8f Nikkor lens, 18-200 mm VR lens, SB600 flash, and other various accessories (four piece filter sets for each lense, tripod, backpack, etc).

My original plan was to buy the D90 (have it on order with Adorama) but they are telling me the body only kits won't be delivered until mid-October. I need it a bit sooner than that so I am considering other options. I've also talked myself into and out of the D300 about a 1000 times. Every time I get ready to pull the trigger I choke on the price.

So, bottom line, how would you buy a camera body? Get the one you will grow and learn with and current technology regardless of price (D300) or settle on slightly older technology and save on some coin to boot. I enjoyed shooting a variety of things from our dogs in action to birds, drag cars, bike, RC stuff, scenery, etc.

I feel like I have researched the technical details to the max and am driving myself nuts trying to decide. I am the type of person who always jumps into the deep end hoping to float rather than sink. lol. Needless to say I have utterly wasted a ton of cash in my life because of that!! lol.

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D80 = light easy to use camera
D200 & D300 way heavier and a bit more involved. The manual for the D300 is 425+ pages.


Really nothign wrong "technologically" with a D80. Does it feel comfortable in your hands? Should be able to pick up a hardly used D80 for $600ish once the D90 hits the shelves. Hell I still take my D70 out for a spin even though I do have the D300. The D70 turned into my P&S camera.
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D300 is the bomb, but I'd totally wait for the D90.

But you said you can't so...um...maybe borrow someones D80 or D200 till the D90 shows up?

I'd sell you my D200, but it's probably not worth that much with all these new cameras out these days, and I'd hate to rob myself when it's a perfectly good camera.

It sounds like you are pretty well set on your gear though. I'd stock up on AA Rechargables for the SB600, get an extra battery for whatever camera you wind up getting, and get a couple nice CF cards like this one:

http://www.supermediastore.com/ridat...x-cf-card.html

Also, get yourself a nice microfiber to clean the glass, and a good bag to store and transport everything. Chances are you'll actually want two bags. One super light for just the camera and lens, and one full on *everything* bag.

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Looks like the D200 is selling for $800-$850 used. I might let mine go for that if you need something quick...but seriously, if you can, hold out for the D90. It just looks killer.

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Just go get a D80. You already have dumped a ton of money into lenses and gear that are doing you nothing sitting on a shelf. I've had my D40 for two years and I'm still learning about how to take photos and all the different settings, I think the D200/300 is overkill for you. Get the cheapest body on your list if you can't wait for the D90, and start taking photos.

In 1-2 years when you want to upgrade to a new camera, you'll understand which features are important to you and which aren't, and you'll be able to pick the right camera for you. Plus the latest bodies will be ever better.

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Thanks for all the advice. I think I may borrow my friends D80 for now. I'm also going to cancel my D90 order. I am going to wait until they are out for 6 or so months. I don't want to be a guinea pig!!
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I'd say do the D300 if you can swing it. as you learn, the auto modes are quite good (even though it's blasphemy to use them if you talk to any pro), but not much beats the 300 for low light situations.

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Thanks for all the advice. I think I may borrow my friends D80 for now. I'm also going to cancel my D90 order. I am going to wait until they are out for 6 or so months. I don't want to be a guinea pig!!
Nothing will change on the D90 between the 1st and 6th month other than a possible firmware updat, which you can download and install yourself. I see no reason to cancel the order and wait.

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Nothing will change on the D90 between the 1st and 6th month other than a possible firmware updat, which you can download and install yourself. I see no reason to cancel the order and wait.
Agreed.

Nikon is not known for making many clunkers...and seeing as how this one is built on trickle down technology, I doubt this will be one.

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Agreed.

Nikon is not known for making many clunkers...and seeing as how this one is built on trickle down technology, I doubt this will be one.
What about the banding issues on the early 200s? Or the dead pixel issues on the D50s and D80s?
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I didn't hear about the dead pixels on the D50 or D80. Ouch.

Most of the D200 issues were bogus paranoia.

Besides, I was talking about the camera as a whole, not batch issues in manufacturing.

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I didn't hear about the dead pixels on the D50 or D80. Ouch.

Most of the D200 issues were bogus paranoia.

Besides, I was talking about the camera as a whole, not batch issues in manufacturing.
I had dead a couple small dead pixels on my D80. Nothing bad. The banding issue on the 200s wasn't paranoia, it was real!!!

It wouldn't affect me, maybe if I started up my own photography business it would though.
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Notice I said *most*. The few that were bad were manufacturing issues and were resolved with replaced sensors. The rest, were people paranoid about having banding issues, that worked really hard to force their D200 to have banding by shooting lightbulbs.

If you have bad pixels, if I remember correctly they can be mapped out, probably under warranty.

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I have both a D300 and a D80 as my backup. There's for sure a notable difference and I image that if you're shooting for a camera, take something that's more or less the latest and then keep that for a while. The only place I see myself going is to a full frame camera from the D300. That would be a new lens collection and a number of years before I get to the level where I'm saying that the D300 isn't cutting it. I don't see that anytime soon. I looked at the D700, the D3...they are indeed 'superior' especially after thinking about it and hearing some stories the dual memory slot on the D3 would be a nice option for sure. So at this point in the market I'd go for a D300 or D90 personally, but I more or less go for the latest tech gadget and keep it for a while. Money not being an issue I'd pick D700 and a nice set of FX lenses...otherwise D300 and DX lenses
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