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Old Feb 17, 2009, 11:07 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
I have been reading this forum for a while and am looking for some opinions from your members.
I have an opportunity to purchase a used Nikon D80 from a friend who has bought a D300-I have been using a Panasonic DMC FZ7 for quite a while but would like to buy an DSLR now, I would use it mostly for taking Landscape, wildlife and family portraits and really do not have a problem spending about 2k for now in lenses (on top of the camera) and more later as I need to but this deal is too good to pass up I think.
My questions:
Should I spend more and get the D90 now (video does not matter to me so much) or look at another brand like Canon?
Will I see a big difference between the D90 vs the D80?
Should I try the D80 for a while and purchase another camera if I decide to after a couple of years?
Thank you so much.
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 7:41 AM   #2
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If you can get the D80 for a good price from a source you trust, JUMP ON IT!

And see if he's got any lenses he'll let you have as well, so you can hit the ground running.

The D80 is a fine camera, even by today's standards, and you can jump in at the shallow end of the dSLR pool and learn how things work before spending a lot of money. And how the camera feels to you will be a big part of how successful you'll be using it. Since you've got a good opportunity to get one cheap, you can try it out amd won't be out a lot of money if you decide that you want to try a different brand. So don't spend a lot of money on lenses and accesories until you are confident in your ability to use the D80.
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Old Feb 18, 2009, 8:27 PM   #3
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Thank you for your prompt answer and advice, another question what lenses should I get for taking some good pictures initially? I know I will like the camera and it is almost like new but I need to buy some lenses to start as I wont get any with the camera.

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Old Feb 19, 2009, 5:59 AM   #4
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Teh lens(es) you need depend on what you want to take photos of. For general photography, the kit 18-55 lens is a good choice, but can be limiting in low light, so you may want an inexepnsivefast normal lens or a moreexpensive fast standard zoom. For outdoor sports/action/wildlife, a telephoto zoom would work depending on the sport or wildlife.
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