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Old Apr 9, 2007, 4:21 PM   #1
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hey there everyone...

Couldnt wait any longer for the D200 with a 18-200 lens here in SA, so i just went today and got me the D80 with the 18-135mm and also bought the 70-300VR lens and a UV filter...

got me a sb600 flash as well, and waiting for my sigmas 30mm F1.4 to arrive in 2 days...



im totally thrilled....

yeah the D200 with the 18-200 would have a been a fantastic combo, but im loving this non the less...



thanks for all the threads here, it has helped a lot...

will post soime pics soon...

cheers for now.

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Old Apr 23, 2007, 6:52 PM   #2
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I bought my D80 just on a month ago - same combo as yours. My brother who got me to buy it, has a D200 and a D70 and he would love to have a D80 too. He tells me I have definitely got a good camera. Since I got it, I have bought a Sigma 70-200mmf/2.8 DG lens, and man I love this one. I just bought a Nikkor 60mm f/2.8D Micro the other day as I had troubles with closeups with the 18-135 std kit lens. I have also bought many filters, Manfrotto monopod, a small solid mini tripod (which is a MUST for the big lens), remote MC-DC1 triggering device, Lowpro bag (now need a bigger one) and I rounded it off with an SB-600 flash...

Geez man, I just love this photography thing, BUT, I am now finding that the better you want the results, the more you have to get specialized products to achieve that perfect shot. I made a huge mistake when I first tried the 70-200mm lens by putting it on then taking itwith meto try it out at a distantmotorcycle shop. Motorcycling is the first real love in my life and I wanted to get a few shots of the new 2007 muscle sportsbikes which just arrived. The 70-200m lens aint NO GOOD inside the shop unless you take your shots from across the otherside of the showroom and have an iron grip and a rock steady hand. I couldn't wait to see the results when I got home but was devastated to see blurry images of the latest bikes in the showroom. That pre-release of this bike was a waste of time to me, but I learned - different lenses / different jobs. Oh, some of the shots came out crystral clear and perfectly still, just not the ones I was want for the album, hence the reason I went and bought a good mini tripod. I soon learned that a small tripod was an invaluable tool for indoors shots in this situation. I also saw the benefits of the remote triggering device - No More Blurs...I will soon buy a Manfrotto large tripod for those outdors shots but the one I want cost almost as much as the Nikkor 60mm Micro lens, so maybe in a week or two. My camera budget has been blown to bits in the past month...

I Love It...

I am POSITIVE, you will not regret getting a D80. There have been more thana few magazines award this camera as the Product/Camera of the Year,,, and I can see why. It has real potential...

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Old Apr 24, 2007, 4:02 AM   #3
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well done...yeah the D80 rocks....

ive taken over 1000 shots already trying out different settings with the diff lenses and the SB600 flash.

i will post some pics soon...just gotta upload em.

hope you having fun....

btw...the 70-200 F2.8 sounds like a beast of a lens....ill look at one liek that in a few month time.....wanna get good with the ones i got then will add onto the equip basket....



oh and i have also bought a Lowenpro bag and Slik tripod..... :-)

now just waiting for the vertical grip and extra battery....

its gonna be awesome.



edited to add some pics :-)

just some pics ive taken while trying oput different settings and flash settings.



the Garden pics were taken at the Botanical Gardens in Johannesburg.

the people pics were taken inside a club at a fashion show after party...not bad for day 3 with the camera...

and the car pics was just taken outside my gym int he parkign lot at about 11:30pm using a tripod and longer shutter speeds.

for bigger sized pics check out http://members.audiclubsa.org.za/v/m...ous/?g2_page=7



enjoy...

cheers.

Bryce

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Old Apr 26, 2007, 4:22 PM   #4
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Pictures were great. Simply gorgeous women too. pict 3. is that you and if so you are a lucky man
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Old Apr 27, 2007, 5:29 PM   #5
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Hey there Tom...

thanks for the comments.....but nope thats not me.... :-(

they were just a very good looking couple int he club so we snapped tons of pics of them....

ill post some more as i upload em :-)

cheers for now.

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Hey, Snakeman,great pics,

I got the D80 and the 18-200, but if buying again I would go for the combo you got.

Don,t get me wrong ,I love the 18-200,but think at times I could do with that extra 100mm at the top end...



Still getting used to the camera,and loving it....:|
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Old Apr 30, 2007, 5:07 AM   #7
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Hey, Snakeman,great pics,

I got the D80 and the 18-200, but if buying again I would go for the combo you got.

Don,t get me wrong ,I love the 18-200,but think at times I could do with that extra 100mm at the top end...



Still getting used to the camera,and loving it....:|
hey there Towershot...glad you having fun with the D80 man...

im learning a lot and discovering stuff that is sometimes frustrating but, its all part of learning.....

here are some pics i took at Monte Casino Bird Park....its a smallish Park outside a Casino in Johannesburg here in South Africa.
hope you like em...

all the pics were taken with the D80 with nikon 70-300VR lens.

most of em were in Manual mode but some i took in Apperture Priority mode.

just resized em and posted...no Photo shopping as i dont yet have PS on my pc.

cheers for now.

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Old Apr 30, 2007, 4:38 PM   #8
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Great shots Snakeman,,one thing I will try if I get to the zoo,is to zoom in, focus manualy on the eyes,then recompose and take the shot...

Once got my pics back from Truprint,a firm that dev and printed you,re film and it was wrong film,

mine was of shots from a local zoo, and it had shots of a safari park ,in South Africa.

Sent em back,hope the pic taker finally got em.



Imagine,trip of a lifetime,and they loose ya prints,,AAARRRRGGGG!!




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