What do you think of this D80 combo?


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sgguy022

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Hi,

Am buying into Nikon since my dad has some old Nikkor prime lenses at home. What do you think of this combination:

1) D80 Kit (w 18-135mm F3.5=5.6)
2) SB800 Flash
3) 50mmf1.8 prime lens (for indoor/low-light)
Total around $2744

Or should I bit the bullet, take the discount on the kit lens and go for
1) D80 Body only
2) SB800 Flash
3) 50mmf1.8 prime lens (for indoor/low-light)
4) 18-200mm DX VR
Total around $3794

Of course, the other critical question is where to get the best deal for this combo!
 

cosycatus

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neither...get pentax K10d for $1350 + tamron 18-200 for 500
$1850 = what u have with nikon
 

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This is a question of can u afford to buy pakage 2? What do you shoot normally? If say u shooting events in which flash photography is allowed and the 18-135mm range is enough, you may not need the 18-200vr. The 18-200vr is a gd travel lens though, and for non professional usage, it will be considered good enough.(though some full time photographers use it for its flexibility).
 

sgguy022

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This is a question of can u afford to buy pakage 2? What do you shoot normally? If say u shooting events in which flash photography is allowed and the 18-135mm range is enough, you may not need the 18-200vr. The 18-200vr is a gd travel lens though, and for non professional usage, it will be considered good enough.(though some full time photographers use it for its flexibility).
That's the key reason I am considering the 18-200VR - I travel frequently and see myself roaming Asian cities at night taking street scenes. Hence the choice of a super zoom + low light.
Obviously I would not want to pay for 'too much camera', hence I rejected all the far more expensive 3-lens options.
 

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If ur taking night street scenes, i have to say get a good lightweight tripod or monopod with the kit lens(maybe a flash if u taking people with u). they are far better than VR, unless u have super steady hands which dun give much blur in low light, VR can't help much.
 

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thought u asking this in the nikon sub forum already...double posting arr...
 

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just start according to ur budget, esp u are new to DSLR
even kit lens u can learn a lot more......but coming to CS often mean more posion ***wink***
 

sgguy022

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thought u asking this in the nikon sub forum already...double posting arr...
I did this deliberately, as two very different viewpoints and user groups read these sub forums. You may be one of the very few experienced guys who read this one!
 

sgguy022

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just start according to ur budget, esp u are new to DSLR
even kit lens u can learn a lot more......but coming to CS often mean more posion ***wink***
You can say that again - there are already people suggesting I should get a D200 8)
 

sgguy022

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The option 2 street price for all should be around $300 lower. then your total budget.
That's interesting news - I thought the popular shops were pretty consistent in price. Where would you recommend that I look? I have gone to AP, MS and TK
 

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Conservetively, from the Compiled Nikon List at the Nikon forum, my additions gets to $3570. Which is still 200 dollars less.
 

sgguy022

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You can say that again - there are already people suggesting I should get a D200 8)

Guys and gals, thanks for all the advice. My final package:

1) D80 Body only
2) SB800 Flash
3) 50mmf1.4 prime lens
4) 18-200mm DX VR
5) Hoya UV multicoat filters for both lenses
6) Sandisk Ultra II 2GB
7) Lowepro Computrekker AW
 

ExplorerZ

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Guys and gals, thanks for all the advice. My final package:

1) D80 Body only
2) SB800 Flash
3) 50mmf1.4 prime lens
4) 18-200mm DX VR
5) Hoya UV multicoat filters for both lenses
6) Sandisk Ultra II 2GB
7) Lowepro Computrekker AW
:sweat: i think computrekker is "a little" too large for those...
 

sgguy022

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:sweat: i think computrekker is "a little" too large for those...
Haha different strokes for different folks.

Great for flights - laptop + cable lock + inflight adaptor + office papers + DSLR + Nintendo DS + 1-2 good books + passport/air tickets/wallet/phone.....

Empty the laptop + cable lock and I'll roam all around town to take photos.
 

Vulpix0r

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Haha different strokes for different folks.

Great for flights - laptop + cable lock + inflight adaptor + office papers + DSLR + Nintendo DS + 1-2 good books + passport/air tickets/wallet/phone.....

Empty the laptop + cable lock and I'll roam all around town to take photos.
You do realise it's damn huge right? I would seriously recommend that you bring other types of bag for carryon, because the Computrekker really not useful as one from personal experience.

I recommend a Delsey bag for carry-on.
 

sgguy022

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You do realise it's damn huge right? I would seriously recommend that you bring other types of bag for carryon, because the Computrekker really not useful as one from personal experience.

I recommend a Delsey bag for carry-on.
The Computrekker's good enough for right now - at the price of the smallest Delsey...have my eye on the Kata bag named in another thread. When you see me list the Computrekker on Buy/Sell, you'll know!
 

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