The Deliverator – Wannabee

So open minded, my thoughts fell out…

Nikon D80

Posted by Deliverator on October 19th, 2006

I decided to finally take the plunge and bought myself a digital SLR camera, a Nikon D80. After 30+ years of use, I felt my grandfather’s Konica T3 was getting a little long in the tooth. I am very happy with the camera itself. I have done 2 night shoots and played around with it a bit at Hacknight this week. Galan was present. He works for a camera store and owns a Nikon D1x. He felt I should return my D80 and get a D200 instead. I am unconvinced that I would make good use of the extra, more pro oriented features of the D200. The metal body would be nice, but my D80 feels quite solid, and I don’t expect to get 30 years of use out of it, anyways. I will probably buy a few accessories (vertical grip/battery box would be nice) and lenses from him in a while. I bought the D80 as a kit with a 18-135mm lens. I am very happy with the D80, but not so much with the lens. The lens is pretty slow, feels a bit cheaply constructed and doesn’t have a very crisp focus when manually focusing using the ring. I really would like to get myself a nice fast wide angle lens for landscapes and shooting in subdued lighting (such as Cafe Vivace) and a 18-200mm VR lens for general shooting. I got really hooked on vibration reduction/image stabalization from using my Canon S1IS. It is really nice to be able to hand hold shots that would ordinarily require a tripod. Unfortunately the 18-200mm VR lens is in incredibly high demand and it is next to impossible to actually purchase. I am keeping my eyes peeled and am on several wait lists already. In the meantime, I have been plowing through the manual and have been wasting a lot of “film” :)