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  1. #5981
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    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?
    Nikon D700 | Nikon D90 | 14-24mm 2.8 | 24-70mm 2.8 | 35mm 1.8 | 50mm 1.4 | 85mm 1.4 | 105mm 2.8 Micro | 70-300mm VR | SB-800s | Tiffen UV Filter, ND and Polarizer set

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  2. #5982
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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?
    the D80 handles way better, has a better resolution and a built in AF motor. If you can afford it go for it.
    however, if you already have a camera I might be tempted to wait for the D90 and see if you could get that or get the D80 even cheaper.
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  3. #5983
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    Nice shots everyone.

    I really wish this shot was sharper
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  4. #5984
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    Quote Originally Posted by anco85 View Post
    It makes a world of difference for me(I have huge hands)

    It feels more balanced and feels sturdier. I'm at about 1300 shots now and not even at half power
    Gotcha, I suppose I can always try it on a body at the store first too.
    Thanks again!
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  5. #5985
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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 tried both the D40 and D80 and I couldnt afford the D80 at first so I got the D40.... that lasted about a week. I could list my reasons for returning that to the store but I ended up saving up through the winter days and bought a D80 in the spring no regrets. I'm not sure you'll be taking better pictures with the D80 but for sure you will enjoy taking pictures even more (which could reflect in your photos). Oh yea, the two scroll wheels (thumb and index fingers) are awesome. Only improvement should be that the thumb wheel should be like Canon's xxD line Anyway, I'm not sure what's goin on with the D90 but I think the D80 is "cheap" enough these days. I got mine (body) for $750 Canadian and that is the lowest I can get here. American pricing should be even less than that no?
    Last edited by truflip; 07-09-2008 at 10:30 AM.
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    - Sandisk 2GB Extreme III SD Card
    - Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home

    - had Canon PowerShot S3 IS

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  6. #5986
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    Quote Originally Posted by truflip View Post
    ...I got mine (body) for $750 Canadian and that is the lowest I can get here. American pricing should be even less than that no?
    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
    Nikon D700 | Nikon D90 | 14-24mm 2.8 | 24-70mm 2.8 | 35mm 1.8 | 50mm 1.4 | 85mm 1.4 | 105mm 2.8 Micro | 70-300mm VR | SB-800s | Tiffen UV Filter, ND and Polarizer set

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  7. #5987
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    If thats all your saving get the new one. Unload the D40 and not worry about a backup. Unless your doing weddings, then rent a backup for the day. 2 cents
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  8. #5988
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    Quote Originally Posted by rawpaw18 View Post
    If thats all your saving get the new one. Unload the D40 and not worry about a backup. Unless your doing weddings, then rent a backup for the day. 2 cents
    Thanks Rich.
    Yep I'm definitely leaning towards on getting one. I think it's time to move up a little bit.
    If not this week, most likely next week. Thanks!
    Nikon D700 | Nikon D90 | 14-24mm 2.8 | 24-70mm 2.8 | 35mm 1.8 | 50mm 1.4 | 85mm 1.4 | 105mm 2.8 Micro | 70-300mm VR | SB-800s | Tiffen UV Filter, ND and Polarizer set

    "You see, Netherlands is this make-believe place where Peter Pan and Tinkerbell come from."
    Joey Tribbiani


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  9. #5989
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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
    Well, I just bought a used D80 with 20k clicks on the clock and I couldn't be happier.

    It's a fantastic machine
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  10. #5990
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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'm thinking about the same thing actually, the focus motor is the main reason, Im hungry for a 35mm/f2 prime and the 80-200/f2.8. A few more focus points and the ability to fire a flash off camera wouldnt hurt either.

    Not sure if i should wait for the D90 or go for the D80 either, you get some pretty good deals on D80's these days. Well.... I'll have to wait a while anyways as my budget isn't bif enough yet .
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