Nikon D 40 x, D 80 or D 200? Help me decide please

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  1. Dukemantee

    Dukemantee TPF Noob!

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    OK Folks i need help!

    I'm having a really hard time deciding on which one to buy. The stats on all three are pretty close. I heard that non d-slr lenses won't mount on the D 40 X so i'm leaning toward the d 80 and the d 200 (because i have a couple lenses i wouldn't mind using from a film slr i have.) Aside from that, The d 80 and the d 200 seem to be pretty close with specs.... my biggest area of concern is the flash sync speed on the d 80 it is 1/200 and for the d 200 it is 1/250.

    I also heard the D 70 S's flash sync speed was 1/500. Why are the newer cameras lower? IF so will i run into problems in the long run? I am planning to buy the nikon Wireless flash-system with the 3 flashes for my work will i run into problems?

    I just want a camera that will be suitable for Fashion photography, models, portraits, street scenes. But i aim to light and compose images like films, print media etc.

    Which is the best in terms of value? Or if you have any comments or facts to help me decide i really appreciate it.
     
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    Welcome to TPF!

    That is a pretty wide range of cameras you are considering.

    Maybe this chart will be helpful:
    d200-vs-d80-vs-d40x
     
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    The D200 is much better built and tougher, with a magnesium alloy body and sealing. I believe the D200's metering system is also more advanced. The D200 will shoot up to 5fps while the D80's limit is 3. The D200 also has a larger buffer for longer bursts of continuous shooting. The D200's shutter speeds go up to 1/8000 while the D80's go to 1/4000; this point is unlikely to be essential though it can be helpful. As you said, on specifications alone the D200 may not look that much better than the D80... but the main point for me would be the metal body and sealing on the D200. Personally I don't believe flash sync of 1/200 as opposed to 1/250 would be much of an issue but I rarely use flash so could be wrong - but I would think perhaps a more important issue would be that the D200 has a PC sync socket but the D80 doesn't.

    As for using lenses the D80, as you say will autofocus with all Nikon AF lenses whereas the D40 will not autofocus with all... but the D80 will not meter with older manual focus lenses, while the D200 will.

    Basically for each jump in price point you get higher specifications, but perhaps more importantly you get better build, more dedicated controls, and more compatibility with Nikon lenses past and present. Of course the question is whether you need the most expensive and most fully featured of these or indeed whether you would be happy with the "entry level" model... and that's something I can't answer. What I will say is that personally I don't think the D40x is good value - to me it's just a D40 with some more megapixels - and if I were planning to use it for professional purposes I would at least want the D80 for the better control and not messing around in menus.
     
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    The D200 is significantly more advanced than the D80 something not seen with the specs. Is it worth it? I don't know since I didn't consider the D80. It was plastic, and I carry my cameras up the side of vertical cliff faces, through sand at the beach, and I've even been hit by a soccer ball at a game once. The D80 wouldn't survive my ... abuse.

    The flash sync speed makes little difference. It's the minimum not the maximum. You'll find on all three bodies you attach a flash and the camera will as far as possible use 1/60th shutter speed. If the speed goes above 1/200th then up the aperature. If you are already on the max aperature ... what do you need a flash for?
     
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    Thanks for the replies!

    What is the importance of a Pc sync port..........i was expecting them all to connect with usb 2.0?

    The quality of the body is very important to me, that's why I decided to go d 80 immediately when i held the d 40 x and saw that it was plastic. I plan to get really serious about photography, i'm currently a fourth year university student with a film major. I'm finally trying to get the technical part down after all the theory... and i want the best d-slr so i don't regret the purchase. I've been researching them for a while, and i was about to purchase the d 70 S because of a really good deal i found... but once the d 200 was out I had my hopes set on that.

    I guess i'll aim for the d200... it's just that with the higher priced camera, I have less money left for lenses.

    But I think i only need 2 lenses that cover the range from 18 mm to 300mm, is this is a good idea?? I don't think i'll need more than that.

    Thanks for your help! and welcome to the forum! I'll be here a while once i get into this :)
     
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    PC here does not refer to Personal Computers but to Prontor-Compur; you would generally use a PC terminal for studio lighting (which for your purposes of "Fashion photography, models, portraits" seems quite relevant). If the camera doesn't have a PC terminal then you'd need an adapter.


    I would say nooooooo. Others will disagree. But it seems to me that these lenses would be something like 18-200mm or 70-300mm lenses which would not be the best optical performers. Sure they would do the job reasonably well but to me it doesn't seem to make sense buying a very expensive body and then mounting average lenses on it.
     
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    True when the 17-55 and the 70-200 would give you about the best pictures you can get :p

    I'd get three. Look for a macro lens too :)
     
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    I've never used a "pronter-Compur" but I heard about them from a friend in the past... IF this is the case I think i will go with the D 200. Also I will try to buy 3 lenses over 2. As other post-ers have mentioned (thanks), i will buy 17-55, 70-200, and a higher one if need be.

    thanks for your help folks!
     
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    Sorry.... I have one more question. I know the D 200 is the only model out of the three that uses Compact Flash cards over SD memory. Other than prices on these cards, is one preferred over the other? I know CF will be cheaper to buy, i've checked out local stores & e-stores.... but i was wondering if anyone had any issues with either CF or SD memory?


    Thanks again!
     
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    There isn't really any difference between the two except physical size. Actual quality of information is absolutely no difference

    Both mediums have high-speed cards available, but compact flash you can usually get in higher storage capacity, though SDHC is getting up there.

    But i wouldn't worry about if it takes CF or SD
     
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    I was using CF with my D70. Now I have a D80 and have been using SD. I am not seeing any difference between them.
     
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    sweet! thanks again!
     

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