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  1. #5991
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    i'd keep the d40.
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  2. #5992
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    Quote Originally Posted by 500mL View Post
    I was just at B&H Photo today and you're right, it's a lot cheaper now. The body by itself costs $729. Not sure when I'll pick one up. I want to keep my D40 as a backup but with a tight financial situation, I'll have to relinquish the D40 to get the D80. Also, what's your take about getting a used D80? I just looked at Adorama and there's one for sale for $659. Thanks for everyone that replied btw
    I actually bought my backup D80 (body only) a few weeks ago from Adorama. The one I bought looked pristine and had just over 1900 shutter clicks on it. I paid $550 for it. I bought my first D80 from Adorama too back in January, traded in my D50 and paid the difference.

    Now Adorama usually has used D80's around $650. The one I bought most recently had no box or manuals, just the body, cables, battery and charger, hence the $550 steal price. I got a MACK warranty on it just in case anything should ever happen.

    To summarize: Used D80's are cool; Adorama is super-reliable and if I see a deal on their website I would jump on it.

    Off-topic: May trade in my now repaired D80 for one of the used Fuji S3 Pro's on the Adorama website. Hmm...
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  3. #5993
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    still having trouble with the lighting, but i'll get a hang of it

  4. #5994
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    One good thing is if you get a D80 - there are loads of D80 users here if you have any questions!
    The D40 is more set up for a beggineer in IMHO - but does produce great results, it just has less things you can do with it. I quite like the D40 in fact and would be happy to have one as a backup.
    The D80 requires that you input more yourself - but it has a lot of areas of automation if you want partial automation (too many to list) - this can help get you going with great shots.
    good luck
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  5. #5995
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    Quote Originally Posted by jemr View Post

    still having trouble with the lighting, but i'll get a hang of it
    jemr, wlecome.

    thats quite significantly underexposed. i think you have either used the wrong settings or your flash was too far from the subject. what is the exif for the shot ?
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  6. #5996
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    Went to visit my parents the other day and snapped this quick shot of them. It s a little overexposed, but I thought it came out pretty nice regardless.


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  7. #5997
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    Quote Originally Posted by 500mL View Post
    Thanks guys!
    I'm all of a sudden so interested in upgrading my D40 to the D80 (I would go for the D300 but I don't think I can spend that much at the moment). It seems like over time, I gradually improved my ways of taking better pictures. I learned a lot from my D40 but I want to learn more from a camera with better features. Should I keep pushing with my D40 and hold off a little longer on the D80? Has anyone made further improvements after upgrading to the D80 from the D40?
    I have been considering the same as i would love to have a build in AF motor and the larger body. But ive decided to hold it off until the D90 (Hopefully it will be here by end of the year) As it will more likely have better features and I will have saved more money by then or invested in better glass!
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  8. #5998
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooz View Post
    jemr, wlecome.

    thats quite significantly underexposed. i think you have either used the wrong settings or your flash was too far from the subject. what is the exif for the shot ?
    Thanks for the welcome


    Here's the exif for the shot

    Camera: Nikon D60
    ISO: 100
    Focal Length: 55mm
    Shutter: 1/160
    Aperture: f5.6
    EC: 0 step
    Light source: Shutter priority


    I did not use the flash as there was enough light (or at least that's what I thought).

    By looking at this info, what would you have done differently? Should I use the flash even if there seems to be enough light?

  9. #5999
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    Jemr, Which metering mode was that B&W shot taken in ?
    It kind of looks like it was centre or spot metered...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Turo View Post
    Went to visit my parents the other day and snapped this quick shot of them. It s a little overexposed, but I thought it came out pretty nice regardless.


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    The exposure looks OK on your parents - and they are the subject of the photo - so I wouldn't want to do tooo much to this despite the bright background - unless you want to spend ages darkening the background and fiddling around..Nice photo!!

    OK - so a quick selective tweak using curves only does help a little - try this: -
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    Last edited by Geoff Chandler; 07-10-2008 at 07:47 AM.
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