Nikon D80

As I mentioned earlier, I had been looking for a digital SLR camera. And look here it is:

Nikon D80 Box
Nikon D80
Nikon D80
Nikon D80 and accessories
Nikon D80 and Sony DSC-F707

My old camera, Sony Cybershot DSC-F707, has given good results for more than 5 years. But I was outgrowing it and there was also the delay in taking a shot after pressing the button which resulted in missed photos of the always-on-the-move 3 year old.

I bought Nikon D80 with the 18-135mm lens from B&H.

I liked the extra features in the D80 as compared to the entry level DSLRs (Nikon D40x and Canon Rebel XTi). And when one is buying an SLR, the lenses are more important than the camera body. Looking at the Nikon and Canon lenses, it seemed to me that Nikon has better consumer lenses. Canon has good pro lenses but I don’t think I can afford those.

I thought about the different lenses to buy and then chose the 18-135mm. With the 1.5x factor due to the smaller sensor, this lens is equivalent to a 27-205mm lens on a 35mm camera. This lens has decent performance and has enough zoom capability that most of the time I can make do with just one lens and don’t have to switch lenses.

In the near future, I plan to buy the following in order of priority:

  1. Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash
  2. Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens which would be a perfect, fast portrait lens
  3. Nikon 70-300mm VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for nature photography

I have been very pleased with the results of the D80.

By Zack

Dad, gadget guy, bookworm, political animal, global nomad, cyclist, hiker, tennis player, photographer


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