Did you graduate from a D80 to a D90

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  1. Plato

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    I'm very pleased with my D80 but I'm thinking of also getting a D90. My primary reason, perhaps my only reason, is the D90's noise handling. I'm not a pro but I do expect to keep both bodies for the few occasions when I don't have time to swap lenses.

    I have no interest in the movies and I'll never use the "live view." Is the improved noise handling as great as it's been claimed?
     
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    In my experience, the noise improvement is definitely as great as the hype. I moved from a D70s to the D90 and the D70s was pretty noisey at ISO800. I personally think my D90 is less noisy at ISO1600 than the D70s was at iSO800.

    Here's a couple examples. I never do any noise reduction beyond what the default is set in camera (don't even know what the default is since I've been happy with it since I got the camera)

    ISO 1400
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    ISO 1000
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    ISO 2000
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    Anything at ISO 800 or below (for portrait work) I basically treat as ISO 200 (as far as use because of noise) because the noise level is so low at those points..

    ISO 720
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    I would highly recommend the upgrade. The D90 and it's ISO performance combined with my 50mm f1.4 lets me shoot without a flash in places I never would have thought possible with my D70s and 50mm f1.8.
     
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    Thanks. I appreciate hearing your judgments (and seeing the photos).

    As I stated, I'll keep the D80. When I use both bodies, the D90 will have either the 50mm f/1.4 or the 85mm f/1.8 while the D80 will have "something else" and the SB600 (on a Stroboframe, of course).
     

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