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05-02-2007 11:22 AM

I'm in the market for a digital camera. I'd like a good camera body and lens combo. I want to take closeup shots without getting in my subject's face. <BR> <BR>What's the difference between a Nikon D80 and a D70s camera body? I found a "body only" D70s for ~$600. I also found a D80 "kit" for ~$1200, but I'd like to stay in the $800 range, if possible. We already have a decent Olympus. I want this to be our last digital still camera, so I could be talked into spending a little more if it'll meet our needs for the foreseeable future. <BR> <BR>I pretty much know nothing (aside from "more megapixels is a good thing"). OK - tell me what to buy.

dakid 05-02-2007 11:41 AM

d80 = new line <BR>d70 = older line <BR> <BR>yes, more megapixel is a good thing, but is not really necessary unless you'll be submitting images to mags or printing out posters. you can definitely get away with a 6mp cam. <BR> <BR>it really boils down to what you'll be using the cam for. family shots? action shots? portraits?

deuce 05-02-2007 11:47 AM

Excited from the game last night and ready to start shooting!!!!!<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/443280.jpg" alt="Upload"> <BR> <BR>Any restrictions with going used Swass? I know there are a lot of options there that can cut the cost of bodies.....

05-02-2007 11:59 AM

Joe, are there any changes on the D80 that makes it a "must have" vs. the D70s? It'll be used for, um...taking pictures. lol. j/k Action and family stuff, mostly. <BR> <BR>E.J. - yep, pretty much! <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0> I'd much prefer new vs. used. <BR> <BR>The Olympus we have is OK, but there's a fraction of a second delay between when you push the button and the actual image capture. It's not much, but for action shots, it's more than enough delay to usually miss the action that you want to capture. Is this common to all digital cameras?

dakid 05-02-2007 12:06 PM

this might help. <BR><a href="http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00IDDr" target="_blank">http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00IDDr</a> <BR> <BR>the delay is common w/ point and shoot digital cams.

05-02-2007 12:51 PM

So, I can't spend more $ to make that go away? Aside from no telephoto (or not enough) that's my main complaint with the one we have now. <BR> <BR>Would I be wasting my money on the D80?

swami 05-02-2007 1:05 PM

Shutter lag on the Canon digital SLRs are so small they aren't noticable. I push when I want it to fire off. I would expect the Nikon SLRs to do the same.

dakid 05-02-2007 1:15 PM

they are the same. lag isn't common with dslrs, but like i said, lag is common on point and shoot.

deuce 05-02-2007 1:19 PM

Swass.....like Swami says, the lag seems to be non-exsistant with the dSLR. <BR> <BR>I went from a prosumer P&amp;S to my 30D and it was night and day. I cannot express how happy I am with the change and results. <BR> <BR>I think you could get a nice body, kit lens and a 70-200 f4 for a nominal amount more than you listed as a "starting" point as far as price. I'm spending your money, so I am being free with it....<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0>

05-02-2007 1:24 PM

Hey, big spender. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/kiss.gif" border=0> <BR> <BR>Is the 30D a Canon? I'm seeing a 5D "system" for almost $3K. Waaaaay too much. I see a 20D "kit" for ~$1200. I don't see a 30D

deuce 05-02-2007 2:23 PM

Yes, 30D is a Canon. Love the camera. Picked up that, the 17-85 and a little later the 70-200 2.8. Though I needed the 2.8 for hockey, sure you would be 100% fine with the f4. <BR> <BR>Look at it this way.....you cannot put a dollar amount on the memories photographs provide....so look at it as a great investment. <BR> <BR>I know you are not big on used, but FM has a 20D with 1K clicks for like $650....(if it has not sold).... IMO, that is stealing from the guy(assuming it is like new, which he reports it is). <BR> <BR>20D w 18-55 = $949 <BR>20D w 17-85IS = $1400 <BR>30D w 28-135 = $1454 <BR>30D w 17-85IS = $1599 <BR> <BR>Though getting into that range, I would also take a HARD look at.... <BR>Nikon D200 w 18-135 = $1619 <BR> <BR> <BR>Let it be known that I don't know a whole lot about this stuff, I was in your position a year ago at this time.....

billspin 05-02-2007 2:31 PM

Swass, I jumped into the dslr arena last year and wish I had done it sooner. I have added a couple of lenses and flash and memory. I got the Canon 20D kit from Costco to start with. I mainly wanted it for sequence shots when boarding. Love it and would recommend it as a very good camera to produce professional looking results.

deuce 05-02-2007 2:34 PM

AntBug, Hahn, Swami, Joe, Rich Dykman, Isler, Scott A, Walt.....I could go on and on....and I am answering questions about cameras....<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0>

phantom5815 05-02-2007 3:19 PM

Limited time offer with the D200 through Costco right now <BR><a href="http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11205032&amp;whse=BC&amp;topna v=&amp;browse=" target="_blank">http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11205032&amp;whse=BC&amp;topna v=&amp;browse=</a> <BR> <BR>But everyone also forgets about the home computer when getting into Digital phtography. That takes you into another realm. <BR> <BR>(Message edited by phantom5815 on May 02, 2007)

deuce 05-02-2007 3:27 PM

Phantom, what do you think about the Costco cards? <BR> <BR>Same camera/lens w/ 2-2GB Ultra II at Buydig.com for $80 less... That is assuming that Costco doesn't charge tax, which I assume they do...???

phantom5815 05-02-2007 3:45 PM

I don't use those kit costco cards. I've used the Ultra II CF and SD cards from CCo. <BR>My problem is that I've been using Extreme III&amp;IV in the D200 and D80 instead <BR> <BR>If its the same product - but cheaper I'd say go with the better deal. It would all boil down to the return policy. <BR> <BR>(Message edited by phantom5815 on May 02, 2007)

richd 05-02-2007 7:27 PM

I think one could get by with the set-up EJ is recommending (30D,17-85 &amp; 70-200) for a long time. The 70-200 is an excellent portrait lens with it's great background blur as well as a great sports lens, perfect for shooting wakeboarding.

05-03-2007 8:20 AM

The top two contenders are the Nikon D80 and the Canon 30D. Target has a 40D, but I didn't even bother looking at it. <BR> <BR>Holly is working this weekend, so that's the perfect time to go shopping. That's what she gets for leaving us home unsupervised.

phantom5815 05-04-2007 6:17 AM

She may leave you unsupervised, but that still doesn't mean it will keep you out of the doghouse.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/biggrin.gif" border=0>

billspin 05-04-2007 6:56 AM

He'll eventually get out of the dog house and he will still have the new camera. And once the photos start being taken she will not be able to keep her hands off of it.

bigdad 05-05-2007 12:37 AM

40D - uh... that camera doesn't exist - yet. So I'm not sure what Target is selling. <BR> <BR>I have the Nikon D80 and the Nikon 18-200. Great combination, but indoors with it is challenging because of the high f stop. But I throw on my nifty fifty f/1.8 and all is good.

richd 05-05-2007 7:42 AM

He's talking about the Nikon D40 possibly?

deuce 05-07-2007 8:43 AM

Yes, I assumed the D40 as well.... <BR> <BR>So <b>Swass,</b> did you go hold a few in your hands this weekend? Thoughts? <BR> <BR>Unless you have a great shop locally, I find most of this stuff can be purchased for less(+ no tax) online. I overpaid mightily for my 70-200 2.8 locally due to lack of patients.

bigdad 05-07-2007 9:04 AM

Patients? You bought it at a doctor's office?

deuce 05-07-2007 9:18 AM

<b>pa·tient adj.</b> <BR> <BR>Bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance with calmness. <BR> <BR>Marked by or exhibiting calm endurance of pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance. <BR> <BR>Tolerant; understanding: an unfailingly patient leader and guide. <BR> <BR>Persevering; constant: With patient industry, she revived the failing business and made it thrive. <BR> <BR><b>Capable of calmly awaiting an outcome or result; not hasty or impulsive.</b> <BR> <BR>Capable of bearing or enduring pain, difficulty, provocation, or annoyance: "My uncle Toby was a man patient of injuries" (Laurence Sterne).

scott_a 05-07-2007 10:25 AM

ej- I believe the word you're looking for is "patience."

deuce 05-07-2007 10:31 AM

Yes, that is it......... Where is Swass when we need him.....to correct these things....<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0> <BR> <BR>For the record, lens we purchased at my local money pit. Pictureline.com Great shop, but everything costs me more than I can get it at buydig.com or bhphoto.com <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/wink.gif" border=0>

05-08-2007 8:40 AM

Yes, I was talking about the D40. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/blush.gif" border=0> <BR> <BR>I didn't get the chance to go shopping. There's a big camera shop in Boulder that I plan to visit so I can fondle them. Once I choose what I want, I'll order online. I've had good luck with etronics. com. Right now, I'm leaning toward the Nikon. Thanks for everyone's advice.

xcharrier 05-08-2007 12:21 PM

Swass... not sure if you're still looking but I have a Canon 20D that I've had as a backup for a couple years but it hasnt seen much use. It also has the battery grip that allows use of two batteries and vertical controls. <BR> <BR>Are you going to be at the Mile High Meet and Greet this weekend? I can bring it for you to check out if you'd like.

05-08-2007 12:41 PM

I have some sort of internal glitch that prevents me from buying used. I need to have that looked at. <BR> <BR>I appreciate your offer, though, Russell.

xcharrier 05-08-2007 12:50 PM

Not a problem... completely understandable. But if you are going to be there Saturday you're more than welcome to take some test shots with it to see how you like the canon (there isnt too much difference between the 20D and 30D).

bigdad 05-08-2007 12:54 PM

Hey Swass- <BR> <BR>If you haven't done so, check out <a href="http://www.dpreview.com" target="_blank">www.dpreview.com</a> Any camera you are interested in has been extensively reviewed with test shots. <BR> <BR>P.S. You aren't the only one about the used thing. I'm the same way.

08-31-2007 9:32 AM

I still don't know what I'm doing, but here's one that turned out pretty well.<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/495812.jpg" alt="Upload">

08-31-2007 9:33 AM

Well, that looks like crap. Why is it all blurry now after resizing? <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/angry.gif" border=0> It doesn't look that way in PS Pro. AAAAAARRRGH!

08-31-2007 9:47 AM

OK, that's irritating the $*$#) outta me. It looks perfect until I attach it here. I blame WW. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/495829.jpg" alt="Upload">

08-31-2007 9:48 AM

Still doesn't look right. Uncle.

08-31-2007 10:06 AM

One more try. Andrew is #55. He plays iron man - offensive and defensive line. <BR> <BR><img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/messages/87667/495837.jpg" alt="Upload">

deuce 09-04-2007 10:49 AM

I always go 600 X 800 and usually a 7 quality and it will keep it "around" 150KB which is the WW limit..... <BR> <BR>Don't know if that makes any sense.....but yea, your PS skills are showing....<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0>

09-04-2007 12:10 PM

At least you looked. Thanks! <BR> <BR>The thing that puzzles me is, they look fine in PS after resizing...until I attach them here. Yeah, I'm in IT. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/uhoh.gif" border=0>

deuce 09-04-2007 12:29 PM

Is that game time in the football pick? <BR> <BR>I am assuming Andrew is tall for his age, because he sure doesn't have a OL build! Bet you are LOVING the games. <BR> <BR>I am puzzled as to why your photos are looking crisp in PS and "off" here...??? <BR> <BR>Though God knows that I really don't know much about this stuff.....so my advice is VERY limited...

09-04-2007 12:38 PM

I'm sure operator error is to blame, but I'd prefer to blame WW. <BR> <BR>That's a pic from practice. Andrew is super tall for his age - people think he's at least 10. At 78 pounds, he's just under the "X player" limit of 85 pounds, so he's one of the bigger kids on the team - that's why he's on the O and D line. He wanted to play safety, but he inherited his dad's speed (i.e., complete lack thereof). We only have one X player. Our first game is Saturday. The team we play has four X players, so I have a feeling Andrew is going to get pushed around a bit this weekend. I am pretty dang excited to be on the sidelines cheering on my boy. Sorry - it's not hard to get me going. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0>

deuce 09-04-2007 12:42 PM

I expect MANY pics from game one.....and improved PS skills before then....<img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/rofl.gif" border=0> <BR> <BR>Lacrosse started Thursday and I expect to be going through a lot of memory in the next few months..... At least I will not have the light issues I have with hockey.

09-04-2007 12:45 PM

That's a big 10-4 on the former, but I can't make any promises on the latter. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/lol.gif" border=0>

richd 09-04-2007 2:39 PM

Way too much compression on the bigger images, use the whole 150kb WW allows. The football kids looks very soft, out of focus - which cam are you using?

09-04-2007 2:46 PM

Nikon D40. I don't remember which lens I was using. I'm using the "auto" setting - pretty much because that's all I know how to use right now. <BR> <BR>I have the camera set at "fine" resolution and 8 x 10. Should I go smaller? I doubt if I'll ever print that large anyway. <BR> <BR>Thanks Rich.

bigdad 09-04-2007 4:18 PM

You want to email one of us one of the pics in full res and see what we can do? <BR> <BR>They do look pretty soft. <BR> <BR>P.S. Auto is fine in the beginning but soon you will be shooting in at least "S" to keep the shutter speed high for the action shots. With football you will using a shutter speed around 1000 or so just to freeze the action with no blur. Soon you will realize the kit lens that came with the camera isn't quite good enough and will have to explain to the wife why you need $1700 for the 70-200 f/2.8 VR.

09-05-2007 8:47 AM

I signed myself up for an "Intro to Digital SLR Photography" class so I can learn to use this thing as more than a fancy point-and-shoot. <BR> <BR>I'll send you one A.P. They're about 2.5Mb each.

kylek306 09-05-2007 7:50 PM

you won't regret the class, they only get more fun the more you learn, good luck!

phantom5815 09-09-2007 6:56 AM

If that intro to DSLR is by Nikon, you'll leave that place with sensory overload, brain cramping and a sore butt. <img src="http://www.wakeworld.com/MB/Discus/clipart/wink.gif" border=0> <BR>Plus they'll show you the "latest and greatest" of the Nikon line. <BR> <BR>If it's not....Never mind.

09-11-2007 1:44 PM

It's not Nikon's class, but it is geared specificly to my camera.

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