View Full Version : getting my camera today!

06-26-2007, 08:20 AM
well the past couple weeks ive been wanting to get a package off of this website jandkcameras.com (who are also bestpricecameras.com) and almost was gonna stop there today to pick up and pay for my package in the store because i believe seeing is believing cause the package seemed too good to be true, turns out it is after checking out the better business bureau.

well after furiously doing research on stores, im finally going to willoughbys in the big apple to go look at their selection and most likely finally pick one up.

they still have d50's there as well as d70's, but i really want the d80, any suggestions?

06-26-2007, 10:36 AM
price vs newer technology. Depends on what you're actually looking for personally I'd go the D80 route in this scenario.

06-26-2007, 12:11 PM
If budget is no concern get the D80.

If you are trying to save money on the body so that you can get better glass, then either wait longer and get the D80 and the glass... or get the D70s now and the glass. If you aren't sure of what glass you want / need, then ask more questions about what you are trying to shoot and what would be the best lenses for your needs.

06-26-2007, 04:54 PM
d80 without question.

06-26-2007, 05:52 PM
Again, if the budget is a concern then the D70(s) with the extra glass. If not, I'd shoot for the D80 which will last you a longgg time.

Alex D80
06-26-2007, 07:46 PM
D80 with 18-135 kit lens is pretty good. I know it's not the best, but it is pretty good. I do run 2-5 shots in a 200-300 shots that the damn lens just doesn't want to focus; but hey, press that M button and do it the good'ol fashion way and it works.

I bought my D80 with 18-135 kit, Nikkor 50mm f1.8 with UV filters for both lens and an extra batter for just under $1400 from www.bhphotovideo.com. I came very close to order from the bestpricecamera people, but I read here how bad their business is and checked elsewhere. www.beachcamera.com has very good prices and are a very reputable company too. Check bizrate.com regarding where you buy from.

Good luck.

06-27-2007, 12:49 AM
just got home a little while ago.

they have a d50 with 18-55 and 55-200 for 995.00.
a d70 with 18-70 for 879.00.
and a d80 with 18-135 for 1144.88.

didnt purchase yet, rather go by phone so i dont have to pay tax when buying in the store. :D

06-27-2007, 02:50 AM
is it a d70 or d70s ?

seriously though, both the d70 and d50 are quite dated now, imo you are better off forking out a bit more and getting the d80. here is a link to nikon dslrs which have some differences in the models.


06-27-2007, 03:54 AM
70s, sorry.:o

and does anyone know about these ridiculously low priced opteka lenses?

06-27-2007, 08:06 AM
and is that the 55-200mm or the 55-200mm VR If it's not the VR version I would ask them for a package deal on it instead.

06-27-2007, 09:37 AM
I'm not sure that I would do any of those deals.

I think the D70s would still be a great camera.

However, that is more money than I would expect to pay for that package right now. I got my D70s over a year ago(yes brand new, full US waranty etc), and paid around $650 at a local camera shop. I also purchased the 18-200mm VR lens for under $700 at the time. But - I wouldn't expect to spend much more right now on a D70s than a D40. With a kit the 18-70mm is normally very inexpensive, so I am not sure why the package price is not lower.

Also agree that if the 55-200 isn't the VR model then that deal is not that great either. Even if it IS VR I don't think it is a killer price.


BTW - I used a friend's D40 last night... The D70s is WAY better than the D40... You almost can't compare them. BUT that said, the D40 (though very lightweight) did have a -solid- feel to it. But it reminds me size / etc of my Fuji S5100

06-27-2007, 03:07 PM
well somehow i turned my mind all the way over to the d40, i realize that i am purely a amateur, so i realized i should start small, buy some glass, and get a new body when needed.

nikon d40 with 18-55
10 piece kit (1 gb, tripod, etc)
5 year extended warrantee.

700 bucks.