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Old 03-30-2007, 05:55 PM   #15
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The D80 uses SD memory cards. I have a high-speed (150X) 4GB and it can hold over 1,000 jpg's at full resolution.
My understanding is for ALL Nikon digitals, you have to multiply the focal length by 1.5 when using lenses because of the difference in the sensor size vs 35mm film. So the 18-135 is equivalent to a 27-200 35mm lens
Dennis- you got it right on the lens factor. Also pre-digital flashes won't work. I have the SP600 and the SB800. I was a little bummed when I found out the card difference for the D70 & D80, just a minor pain. Having been a Nikon shooter all my life I saw no reason to look at the Canon. True, out in the field I see a lot of them but Nikon is still my favorit plus as a Nikon Professional I always have compete access to their locker so I can borrow anything before I decide to buy.
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:11 PM   #16
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I shoot with the D70. I bought mine two years ago. I thought I would use my old lenses, but, the new lenses work so much better, as previously stated. I don't think you can go wrong buying Nikon or Canon, because, either way, the suggestion is, upgrade your lenses too.
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:12 PM   #17
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Ok you camera experts. I need a new digital, my fuji is living in error mode. My film camera is a nikon, so I am looking at a D80 or D40, unless someone what to buy my a D2X. Any experience or rumors with these would be helpful. I am looking forward to using my lenses again.
Lots of choices for you. I shoot Nikon and I think you would probally like the D80. I shoot the D50 and love it. If I were buying today, I would probally go with the D200, but only because it would be better for photographing birds. The big questions you need to think out are: what are you planning on photographing, and how are you going to be presenting the images. For example, if everything is going to be on the web or small prints, a 2 MP camera would be fine. If you are going to be making larger prints you will want a camera with more MPs. I agree that for almost everyone 6 MP is fine. The eagle headshot on the main page of my website (link below) was taken with a D50, a 6 MP. I have a 16x20 of that above my office desk that I am quite satisfied with. Check DPreview for what I think are the best reviews of nikon equipment on the web.

One really good option, would be to buy a used D70 from a reputable dealer (say keh.com) to get your feet wet in the DSLR world. They are fine bodies, but there are a decent number of them on the market now as people are upgrading to the 10MP cameras.
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I'm shooting with my fifth Nikon (second digital). It's a D50. A buddy had a D70 and then the 50 came out and was cheaper and same specs, nearly. He has since gone up to the D100 but he thinks that he is Ansel Adams and prints giant landscapes. Not me, I don't need anything bigger than 8x10. I've been very happy with this one. Uses all my previous, non-digital lenses. The LCD was always getting smeary from my noseprints. I got a "Hoodman" to cover it, protect it, and act as a sun shield. Cheap investment to protect the big-money part.
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Old 04-01-2007, 10:57 PM   #19
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So my SLR lenses will not work on the D80 or D40 because the exposure will be wrong or the image will be out of focus or both?
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So my SLR lenses will not work on the D80 or D40 because the exposure will be wrong or the image will be out of focus or both?

I found this in the D40 & D80 manuals.
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I borrowed a friends D70 and tried it with my lenses, Nikon and Sigma. Seems to work fine. The thing is complicated as hell.
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Santa brought my wife a new D-80 with a Tamron 28-300 zoom lens and a 4 gb memory card - she LOVES it!

(He brought me a Beretta AL391 Urika Trap model with a 30" barrel and I LOVE it!)

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So.. my AF lenses work on the D80 but not the D40. Looking like a D80 purchase. The extension of the Focal Length is a real kick in the pants. My 25MM essentially becomes a 37.5mm. For 18mm wide angle I'll need a 12mm? Now you are talking big money. Of course the fact that my 200mm zoom is now a 300mm zoom doesn't particularly bother me.
Anyone having exposure issues with the D80?
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Anyone having exposure issues with the D80?
You probally already know about this place, but just in case you dont: nikoncafe.com . Good people and in my opinion some of the most informed opinion on photography in general and Nikons in particualar that you will find.
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I work with Nikon since I started photograhy, for 35mm other brands for medium format.
When I had to switch to digital I kept goin with Nikon. Even if the size sensor was smaller than the 35mm film, crop about 1.5 as already stated.
But I have to say that Canon offers a better images quality (other the fact that they are so far the only one to offer a real 24x36mm sensor (1DsMark II at 8000$ and 5D at 3000$)).
When I talk about quality it is mostly about highlight and shadow and noise at high iso. Better dynamique range.
you should check Luminous Landscape Forum (Powered by Invision Power Board)
I think this a really good forum. I compare it to this one. Most of the members are pros.
Also dpreview.com provide really good review.
If you have any question regarding digital capture, process, just ask.
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You do need a 12mm for the equivalent of 18mm with film, but I think because of the smaller sensor, if you buy a digital-only 12mm lens it'll be smaller and cheaper than the equivalent film-usable 12mm. I have a 12-24mm Tokina although to be honest I rarely use it - the 18mm at the bottom of the 18-200mm is wide enough most of the time. I might have to switch it for a real fisheye (10mm or something).
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