Nikon D80?

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  1. lisa_13

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    im majoring in photography in college next year.
    went to ritz camera to get a camera reccomendation, the guy reccommended a nikon D80 and i have to say i am in LOVE with the thing.
    buuuuuuuut it's $1100 (i want the 55-135 lens) and i cant really afford that. i know i can get it cheaper at other places.

    anyone have a place theyve bought at before for cheap and reccommend? i dont want to spend so much money if its a crap place that won't ship me my stuff.

    also, anyone have the D80 and like it or hate it?

    thanks!
     
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    What's your budget?

    You can get the body only from B&H for $730 and a 50mm f/1.8 for $110.

    The D80 is a great camera and the 50mm will make you work to get the shots you want rather than relying on a zoom. Great combo. The best thing about the D80 is that (when you're ready) you will have the capability to go wireless off-camera flash straight out of the box with nothing else to buy (besides the flash - SB-600 or SB-800)
     
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    Look into the used market, you can pick them up for much less than that. And I wouldn't recommend Ritz unless you have no other option.
     
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    Personally... love my D80, its an amazing camera. But keep in mind that camera bodies go from top-of-the-line to "outdated" in a few years. Make your lens choice a higher priority. The D80 has some great features that make taking pictures a lot easier and more enjoyable. But it won't really make your pictures more gorgeous than a D40 would.

    I don't know much about the 55-135mm (haven't heard of it actually)... but your shortest focal length will be 1.5 X 55 = 82.5mm. Depending on what type of photography you'll be doing, this may turn out fairly restrictive (eg. for landscape, architectural). Seeing as you're off to a major in photo, the lens may not fit well with some of your assignments.

    And why the 55-135mm, if you don't mind me asking? How fast is it? It costs ~400$?! Why not the 55-200mm VR which costs ~200$? Why not the 18-55mm VR which costs ~150$? Both have great optics and seem to be some of the cheapest zooms Nikon offers. The 18-55mm in particular should cover most of your needs. The 50mm f/1.8 is a good suggestion: its great, sharp, fast, and cheap, but again, may be restrictive.
     
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    I got my D80 (which I love by the way) from Cameta Camera. I got it with the 18-55mm lens for around $820. The camera body and the lens both were "factory demos", but they look and function like brand new. Cameta has a storefront on ebay and their prices on D80's may be even cheaper now. They usually have a lot of different packages to choose from. I recommend them.
     
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    I second the Cameta Camera recommendation. I have purchased 4 cameras from them.
     
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    Wow $1100, what a rip off. Go to www.bhphotovideo.com and get a better deal.
    D80 18-55MM VR $879
    D80 18-135MM $999
     
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    whoops...i meant the 18-135, not 55-135


    and cameta and b&h..ill have to try those out
    are the cameras on cameta's ebay used?

    edit: ah, factory demos. they still have a years warranty on the body, so this is a good buy, yes?

    i'm thinking this one, $900 and comes with a crapload of stuff.
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Nikon-D80-Digit...Z022QQcategoryZ147174QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItem

    i'm assuming it comes with the battery charger as well?
     
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    Have a look at these reviews:

    Nikon 18-135mm: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-135.htm
    Nikon 18-55mm: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-55mm-vr.htm
    Tamron 70-300mm (I know its the Nikon version, but they're apparently very similar lenses): http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/70300af.htm

    I'm not too inclined toward that eBay listing. A lot of the stuff included isn't very useful, and while you do get two lenses, I doubt that they're very good. What you pay for is what you get in photography, and those two lenses combined can be bought for ~200$ at Adorama or BH Photo Video. Lenses are arguably more important than the camera body, so you should make a well informed decision here. I've had a Tamron lens, though that might be because they make somewhat inferior glass than Nikon.
     
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    I got my D80 of amazon and a 50 1.8 of B&H. I love it, you should really get it
     
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    I thought the price dropped recently for the D80 to $799 for the lens and like $999 for the body and 18-135 at Ritz/Wolf Camera?

    ~Michael~
     
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    stick with highly reputable dealers....B&H was already referenced.....I am also pleased with Adorama in terms of quality (ie., no sleazy upselling) and service...
     

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