D80 vs 40D

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  1. litlbul

    litlbul TPF Noob!

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    I am in a dilemma. I currently have the D80, but I am thinking about selling it and getting the 40D. Do you think it is worth it? Is there that much of a difference to pay more money to get the 40D? Should I just keep it and invest in another lens? I am currently using the 18-200mm VR lens, which has been perfect for me, since I mostly take pictures outdoors of various subjects. I am looking to get the 50mm lens. Please help me make my decision.

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    Welcome to the forum.

    What can the 40D do that you can't do with your current camera? It does look like a great camera, but I don't see why you would want to sell what you have just to change....it won't improve your photography. If you want to invest in something that will make your photos better, take a class or buy some good books.
     
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    Thanks for the welcome.

    Basically, are you saying that the cameras are similar? To my understanding, the Canon 40D's fps is almost double the D80's fps. I am getting into sports photograpy, so that would become useful.

    Any other suggestions will be appreciated.
     
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    from what i know, The d80 is just fine for sports photography, i would buy another lens
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    The 40D is blazingly fast, especially for the price...but is that a necessity? Not really. A good lens will help much more for shooting sports...you will want 'fast' lenses (large maximum aperture), F2.8 or better.
     
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    I don't think there's a point in changin systems, especially if you already have a Nikon lens. If this were a choice of first body, then that's something different. If you have some extra money, get a lens.
     
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    I have the 40D, and it is wicked awesome. HOWEVER, these people are right... first off, get a fast lens. F/2.8 will be your best investment in sports photography...then look for FPS.

    FPS... ahh, yes..the much coveted fps. 6.5 FPS sounds like a machine gun, or faster... but nothing beats good timing. I have used my 6.5 FPS about 10 times. 9 of those times were to show it off to buddies :)

    People took great action photos back before I even knew action photos existed... On some of those cameras, you only had one shot, before you had to reload, or advance, or whatever they did back in the flinstone age. FPS is for us lazy people.
     
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    I'm nowhere near presuming that I take great action shots, but all my sports photography so far has been done with a camera where the burst mode is practically slower than just shooting them frame-by-frame, so everything's been done with the one-shot-per-play-so-to-speak method. The 40D's burst mode has me salivating.
     
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    I'm in agreement with Mike and Keith... if you already have a camera capable of say 3fps, my priority would be fast lenses (bearing in mind that good fast lenses tend to be very good even with the aperture wide-open, while cheaper consumer zooms are not only slower but also usually have to be stopped down more for best results).

    Once you have a faster lens, then you will be able to make better use of burst shooting. There's not much point having 6fps if the combination of lens and lighting means none of those shots are clear.

    Of course, it is not all about the equipment... practicing timing and certain techniques (like panning for some sports) costs nothing :)
     
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    I have used D1X's for years. (since '02) Your D80 has a faster frame rate than my cameras but I have never felt the need for a faster frame rate. It's more about timing than anything. I also have a D1H, much faster than the 1X but lower in rez. I can't say I ever missed the frame rate of the D1H when shooting the D1X. I have a D3 coming, but not because of the frame rate. So I agree with most of the above, invest in glass, the D80 is a fine camera, and it's more your skill that has an impact on the final product. Changing cameras will not make up for lack of skill or poor technique. Besides, you are familiar with the Nikon system, you would have a little bit of a learning curve if you changed to another brand. So go grab a 180 f/2.8, 70-200 or maybe even a 300 f/2.8 and enjoy what you have, the glass will have a bigger impact in your product than another body.
     
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    Unless there is something really lacking in your D80, I would invest in lenses. The fps should not be the only selling point. If that's the case, why not save for the d300? Just a smidge more than the 40D price-wise and you already have a lens. Fast fps is great to have but like Keith said, timing is everything.
     
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    Was fine shooting soccer with a D70. The lens is a bigger thing than fps - and a good fast lens is a long lasting asset that'll outlive the camera.
     

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