Hello everyone, I know that there are already tons of D80 Vs 400D threads out there but I guess I'll still need to ask you guys a few questions before I go out and buy my first SLR.
I am looking to buy either the D80 or the 400D(bodies only), but I'm torn between some issues which I really hope that you guys can take your time off to enlighten me =) :
1) I prefer the grip and handling of the D80, but due to the price difference of the 400D and D80, I figured I could buy the 400D with the hand grip to match the handling of the D80. (Went to try out both cameras and the 400D alone is too small to be uncomfortable for me)
2) I prefer the interface, viewfinder of the D80.
3) I read reviews from www.dpreview.com and found out that the 400D performs better at higher ISO's and to my noobish understanding ISO is required for dim light situations or I could get a good lens which can perform in dark settings but that would really costs a bomb right?
I need the camera to work in my church settings, not the standard bright light church settings but the church I come from has rather a dark atmosphere and funky lights =) (Concert that type of lighting)
What I would ask is that is the review from dpreview applicable to real life settings? Or is it way too stringent for me to bother? I'm looking to print up to A3 at a maximum. Should I really bother with the performance at high ISO's like 800 and 1600? If ISO at 800/1600 doesnt really matter much I'll settle for the D80, if not I'll settle for the 400D.
And also I would like to ask is F3.5 onwards enough for dim light settings? Or I'll need to settle on those 1.8 and below primes or those expensive F2.8 zooms??
Budget Around $2000, dont need to buy flash. And already have a good tripod and lots of SD/CF cards.
I thank everyone in advance for replying =)