Yes I have read 5 threads worth of d80 vs 400d.
Yes I also have tried them out in the shop.
Here's the deal. I shoot events, indoor group photos, on-stage events, just plenty of scene that is highly artificial light dependent and usually dim. I've failed terribly by my own standards to battle the lack-of-light war with the in-built speed light of my d70, and I am hoping that the slightly advance tech of d80 or 400d can assist here. I will get a speedlight in future, but for now, i'd like my upgrade to be self-sufficient against these slightly dim situations, eg a not very well lit morning in a room with a few windows, or a indoor environment totally dependent on artificial light for illumination. I also enjoy taking long range shots of various things here and there, so I am pretty sure a nikkor 18-200 vr will be my wife.
1.)Seems like it was mentioned by the shop assistant that the cmos sensor in 400d handles noise better. but by how much? anyone with a comparison photo? and anyone with pratical experience in this aspect from both cam?
2.)I am leaning on d80 as everyone else, the build and grip feel. but the LCD, though reported by some as superior, has displayed a lower quality picture than the 400d. I was doing identical shot, with large and fine jpeg on both. it seemed that the d80 lcd display a very noticeable amount of jpeg conversion artifacting. So is this a LCD problem or is the image processor or whatever on the d80 less superior? note that me and shop assistant have made doubly sure that both were large and fine jpeg.
Also, it is said that the d80 lcd displays "higher exposures" than the real data, so I am suppose to compensate up from what I see in the lcd. is that true?
3.)i swear the d80 is the sexiest body before the d200/40d range. Add a 18-200 nikkor to it and extend it all the way, and its feels like a big pride to my manhood. nice big heavy and long. great to hold. no don't think crooked. yes thats what I meant.
as much as all that, should the above problems be major concerns? as far as i know, i refuse to be stuck in the same situation as my d70 18-55mm, where i couldn't get a satisfyingly clean low noise picture in the dim state thought the stage was lit, and I couldn't zoom to where i needed to, of which i was 20-30 meters away.
Appreciate all the detailed help in advance