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Old 07-07-2009, 11:29 AM   #1
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Hey All, I'm finally gonna take the plunge and get a DSLR, I have narrowed it down to 2 choices...

-a used Nikon D80 with no lens(supposedly less than 7000 pics taken with it) for $540 CAD

-Nikon D90 + 18-55mmVR lens for $900 CAD (guaranteed brand new, but no reciept = no warranty).

Which one would you recommend? I am a newbie, but i plan to get pretty serious with this hobby, so hopefully I can choose a camera that will last me at least the next 5 years
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:57 AM   #2
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How much would it cost to get a brand new D90 with lens at a store up your way?
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Old 07-07-2009, 11:58 AM   #3
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How much would it cost to get a brand new D90 with lens at a store up your way?
$1249.99 CAD plus tax for the D90 & kit lens in a store, so the savings are pretty good!
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:35 PM   #4
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Do you need all the other features in teh D90 (like the video recording)?
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Old 07-07-2009, 08:57 PM   #5
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Hmm, well, I don't think either one will have a warranty so that is not an issue. I would say go for the D90 package. It's a newer technology package that solves the D80's Achilles heel, noise. You will also have a lens. It isn't the best but it still turns out great images at f8 or so.

With the D90 you will pick up a more refined D80 with some D300 technology. Noise improvements, picture controls, better AF, etc, etc

With D80, you would have some extra cash to pick up a little better lens.
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Old 07-08-2009, 05:31 AM   #6
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and does it matter whether you have ISO 100?
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Old 07-08-2009, 06:28 AM   #7
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D90 and call it a day.
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Old 07-08-2009, 08:07 AM   #8
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and does it matter whether you have ISO 100?
The D90 should have Lo1 on the ISO scale. All this means is that 200 is supposedly the lowest ISO that the engineers felt met the industry standards. I'm not sure about the D90 (it is a different sensor than the D300) but the D300 actually hits this threshold at 160 (around lo.3) I think as long as your scene isn't too contrasty, shooting Lo1 isn't a problem but shooting ISO 200 shouldn't be either as long as a faster shutter speed is ok.

Having gone from a D80 to a D300, I can say that I haven't really been affected by the change in sensor dynamics in a negative way.
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Old 07-08-2009, 12:07 PM   #9
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and does it matter whether you have ISO 100?
IMO it does. Trying to keep to f/2 or wider at midday can be a major PITA if you're shooting a bright subject, you know? And wide apertures just rock
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Old 07-08-2009, 04:47 PM   #10
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IMO it does. Trying to keep to f/2 or wider at midday can be a major PITA if you're shooting a bright subject, you know? And wide apertures just rock
Yup, thats why i kept my D80 and didnt bother upgrading when d90 came out.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:21 PM   #11
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the question is from long ago but right now...I would recommend the Canon 60D..I tried out the 7D, t2i, t3i, 60D and 5Dm2....if I had it my way and the right budget I wouldve gone with the 5Dm2 but I love my 60D...

I use it for video primarily so that is where my choice comes from...
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the question is from long ago but right now...I would recommend the Canon 60D..I tried out the 7D, t2i, t3i, 60D and 5Dm2....if I had it my way and the right budget I wouldve gone with the 5Dm2 but I love my 60D...

I use it for video primarily so that is where my choice comes from...
Is the 60D your first SLR?
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