Should i get a D40 or D80?


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Dearboy87

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Sorry to bother you guys with yet again same question.

I just sold of my F31FD, moving on to the world of DSLR.

considering either getting a new D40 or a second hand D80.
Maybe i didn't done my research enough. Pretty new to the DSLR world

I know that D40 doesn't comes with AF motor and no MLU.
meaning alot of older lens if used, need to be MF.

I need You guys help me know, how often will i be buying more lens to play with?
Most of the time i will be shooting scenery, buildings, Flowers, group or individual photos.
Sometimes macro and playing with DOF.
not playing with telephoto and so on.

What type of lens and so on i will most of the time be using if i get a D40?
Does it worth the price? or with the shooting interest of mine, will need to play with different type of lenses. Therefore D40 shouldn't be my choice


If u guys think D40 doesn't suit me, and i should get a D80, why? and does it justifies the few hundred more bucks?
 

geraldkhoo

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My personal opinion is to get a 2nd hand D80 because it opens up a whole range of lenses that would not auto focus with the D40/x. The ability to fully use a wider range of lenses is worth the few hundred bucks more... Of course, there are more features with the D80 as well. :D

You should go and do a research yourself on what lenses you would buy based on what you would like to shoot, then look at what can or cannot work on the D40/x and decide from there. Some of your questions are hard to answer by anyone else because at the end of the day, it really depends on you.
 

giantcanopy

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Get the D80.
There are some really useful primes such as the (inexpensive) 50mm that you can AF with.

Ryan
 

NoMoney

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D80 would be the choice (If for me). Allow you to use more lenses with AF function and D80 is consider 1 level higher than D40 (Just my view).

Right now lots of 2nd hand D80 are going at low price compared to the time before D300 and D3 release. :D
 

Dearboy87

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Any good website that has full range of nikon lens that i can go take a look. Read about it?
 

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the choice of camera would depend on how far you would want to go into photography

compared to the P&S and prosumer cameras the D40 is really responsive and image quality is also way better
but personally i'd go for a used D80

do a google "d40 vs d80"
lots of different views
 

Dearboy87

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Thanks!!! i will look out..

at the same time.. u guys can suggest the combo of lens i will be getting if i buy a D40..

or if i purchase D80.. what lens i should get..
 

conquer500

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Thanks!!! i will look out..

at the same time.. u guys can suggest the combo of lens i will be getting if i buy a D40..

or if i purchase D80.. what lens i should get..
i have bought a D40x with a 17-55 kit len. it produce very nice colour and DOF. Maybe you can consider it.
 

giantcanopy

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at the same time.. u guys can suggest the combo of lens i will be getting if i buy a D40..
or if i purchase D80.. what lens i should get..
I think you can try to start using their kit lens supplied and after shooting for a while you will start to know what lens caters more to your shooting needs / styles.

There will be people advising you to get the body only and get the lens seperately ( because the kit lens IQ not good and what not .. ) From my personal experience, it is not an easy advise to suggest what lens you need upfront when you have no prior shooting experience. I started out with my D80 kit lens as well. But for all means and purposes the kit lenses covers quite a neat range to cater for alot of uses.
 

Dearboy87

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i feel like getting the D80body.. cos i can get a brand new one at good price.

den get a second hand lens.. maybe 18-55mm which is in my budget~
 

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D80.... cose i am using a D80 :p haha no la ...

Cose you don't have to upgrade so soon to a new body. and you have more range of lens to choose from ( due to D40 taking only AFS to AF ) and which some of them maybe be cheaper and you can save cost at buying lens than buying a bit more ex AFS lens
 

coffee3in1

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Sorry to bother you guys with yet again same question.

I just sold of my F31FD, moving on to the world of DSLR.

considering either getting a new D40 or a second hand D80.
Maybe i didn't done my research enough. Pretty new to the DSLR world

I know that D40 doesn't comes with AF motor and no MLU.
meaning alot of older lens if used, need to be MF.

I need You guys help me know, how often will i be buying more lens to play with?
Most of the time i will be shooting scenery, buildings, Flowers, group or individual photos.
Sometimes macro and playing with DOF.
not playing with telephoto and so on.

What type of lens and so on i will most of the time be using if i get a D40?
Does it worth the price? or with the shooting interest of mine, will need to play with different type of lenses. Therefore D40 shouldn't be my choice


If u guys think D40 doesn't suit me, and i should get a D80, why? and does it justifies the few hundred more bucks?
:thumbsup: D40 + 18-200VR. See http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm

If I may generalise, 6MP(D40) is good enough as;
1) 80% of photo will be viewing on screen
2) 80% of printed photo will be 4R

The saving by choosing D40 can go into a AIO 18-200VR
1) With one lens, u don't worry abt dust becoz u don't change lens

If u feel guilty abt spending so little $$$, get a Gary Fong Puffer to diffuse the built-in flash ang u're set.
 

Dearboy87

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:thumbsup: D40 + 18-200VR. See http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/recommended-cameras.htm

If I may generalise, 6MP(D40) is good enough as;
1) 80% of photo will be viewing on screen
2) 80% of printed photo will be 4R

The saving by choosing D40 can go into a AIO 18-200VR
1) With one lens, u don't worry abt dust becoz u don't change lens

If u feel guilty abt spending so little $$$, get a Gary Fong Puffer to diffuse the built-in flash ang u're set.
thanks for the suggestion.. how much will the lens for second hand and first hand cost?

was intending to get a D80~ due to more good and cheap lens to get..
 

conquer500

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The saving by choosing D40 can go into a AIO 18-200VR
1) With one lens, u don't worry abt dust becoz u don't change lens

If u feel guilty abt spending so little $$$, get a Gary Fong Puffer to diffuse the built-in flash ang u're set.
with a 18-200 it will still be a dust sucker. even you do not change lens. dust will still get in. having a AIO will not give you the result similar to lens like the 17-35 or a prime.

but final decision is up to TS. its his money after all.
 

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