Upgrade from D80 to a D5600?

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  1. scottmandue

    scottmandue TPF Noob!

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    Last year I begrudgingly gave up on all my film cameras and sold them off.
    A friend recommended a D80 as a good starter digital camera so I found a used one and bought it.
    It is a great camera and I am enjoying it, however I have come into a little money and thinking of upgrading.
    Price range is below $500 (I'm okay with used).
    Would want it to work with my DX auto focus lens that came with the D80.
    Having studied the D80 I know there is a lot I don't know about digital cameras.
    Any opinions on the D5600?
    Thanks in advance.
    Scott

    Sorry, just found the search function and put in "D5600" and reading up on the posts.


     
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    The 5600 is good. But it has less external controls than the D80 and lacks an autofocus motor so it won’t work with older AF-D lenses.

    For $500 you could probably get a used D7100 body that would be a better upgrade, imo.
     
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    As said above, depending on the lens you got with the d80 whether the lens works or not.

    With a d5600 you get more resolution, better low light performance and a more customisable autofocus along with the tilt screen.

    You lose a few external control and the ability to focus older non afs lenses.
     
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    fmw No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The upgrade would be to a 7000 series camera. It is a downgrade to the 5000 series. The 5000 series may serve your needs but it may not provide full functionality with your D80 lenses. You need a 7000 series camera.
     
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    Nikon D7100 has a superior body and features over the D5600 so it might be a better buy.
    D5600 and D5500 are almost identical so you might save money by getting the D5500, actually both these cameras are very close to the D5300 so you can consider it too and save even more money.
    All these cameras have superb Sony sensor in them, main difference between the D5300 and other two is lack of touch screen.
     
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    Um, this is huge, when I bought the D80 I was told all Nikon lenses are interchangeable, I'm at work now and can't check my lenses. I'm not about to buy a new set of lenses!
     
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    The issue isn't the lens, it's the body. The less expensive bodies do not have an auto-focus motor built into them, so you need the "AF-S" lenses in order to auto-focus. If you don't mind manual focus, there is no problem.


    http://www.nikonusa.com/Images/Lear...You/Media/NIKKOR-lens-compatibility-chart.pdf
     
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    The D80 has a focus motor so it will work with all Nikon autofocus lenses.
     
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    Thanks guys! Still need to get home and study my lenses that came with the D80, but after searching and reading on the 7100 (and 7200) I may have to save up some more $$$ but it seems like a better camera. I will now have to do a search to compare the 7000, 7100, 7200.
    The only advantage I see in the 5600 is the cool flip out touch screen (and it cost less) but if the three lenses I already have won't work with it that is a deal breaker.

    I'm an old school guy, the D80 was my first step into the digital photography world and now I'm ready to upgrade to 24 MP and more focus points.
     
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    Hi, I own the 5500 and I am pretty happy with it. The plus side of this body is the weight and size. I mostly use my camera when travelling and its real nice having it light, especially when hiking. It takes great pictures too, haven't used the 7XXX cameras but compared with my old D70 it really is a other league.
     
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    Do not buy a D7000. There are many, many copies of it that have severe focus issues. I had one and it was terrible.

    The 7100 and up are mostly problem free and considered reliable and really good cameras.
     
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    Looks like the only big difference in the 7200 Vs the 7100 is the 7200 has a much better ISO which I think I will hold out for.
    Thanks for all the replies!
     
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