As I mentioned earlier, I had been looking for a digital SLR camera. And look here it is:
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 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:
- Nikon SB-600 Speedlight Flash
- Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens which would be a perfect, fast portrait lens
- Nikon 70-300mm VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for nature photography
I have been very pleased with the results of the D80.