What does an advanced body give you that a beginner body doesn't?

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  1. anubis404

    anubis404 TPF Noob!

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    I want to know what more advanced bodies give you that lesser bodies won't. I know that more advanced bodies will give you things like better IQ, FPS, and AF speed, but what else is in a D300 that a D80 doesn't have that's worth dropping nearly $1K more on? I hardly think IQ, FPS, and AF should be so expensive.

    This is just out of curiosity. I know that generally the lens matters more than the body, but I do want to know what matters in the body.
     
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    Weather sealing, ISO ratings, better build quality (seems one of the bigger things)

    ~Michael~
     
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    A lot of the lower end bodies have weather sealing too. I guess I forgot to mention ISO and higher rating of shutter actuations. Durability seems the only reason so far why to spend that much money on a body.
     
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    I'm not a Nikon guy, but on Canon's the layout is more well tuned for the advanced user. Manual controls are a lot less clumsy, and such.
     
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    jstuedle No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    When we shot film the camera was little more than a box that held the film and provided a mount to hang a lens on. Today's DSLR is really a computer with a lens mount. If you are computer savvy, think of the $449 Walmart special with keyboard, monitor, mouse and printer. Compare that to the $3000 quad core box w/ extra cooling, extra power supply, dual head 3D graphics, gobbs of RAM, tera-bytes of hard drive storage and multiple DVD optical drives. This is a valid compairison between say the D60 and the D3. Only the distance between the two cameras and the two computers is wider. The D60 does not have a physical shutter, sort of like the computer not having any removable media drives. For me, the biggest difference in the D80 and the D300 is file quality and a metal chassis as opposed to plastic. If you are set on the D80 price point, take a look at the D90. The file quality is compairable to the D300. A couple of my friends who own both say the D90 file might even be slightly better. That leaves build quality the only really big difference.
     
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    thus is just one of the reasons I continue to shoot film....Black or silver....... (Ok so there is more to it than that but...)

    on a more serious note.


    Duribility seems to be a major player in the disteinction nowadays
     
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    A bunch of features and buttons that pros find important.
     
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    Personally I, and I reckon most pro's, tend to go for upmarket bodies for the build quality, having just bought a new model myself, going through menus and setting the camera the way I like to use it I'll now probably hardly ever go into the menus again, as long as I have the camera controls configured how I like I tend to shoot from this point on. The many modes and functions available I would use on odd occasions if/when required but I'd rather just shoot without fiddling around, I've got a computer at home for that. H
     
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    Thing is I don't. H
     
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    With higher end bodies comes more capabilities and power. Bells and whistles aren't necessary to take good photos, but they sure can help!
     
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    I asked this same question in another thread (just a couple of days ago) where someone was asking about a D90 or D700. JerryH gave a very good reply to it (in fact, I have to get back to it to thank him for that.)

    Edit: There, I just bumped the thread to the top. FYI, it is right here as well.
     
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    In a word, customizability (is that a word?)

    You can change the way you interact with the camera a lot more in the D300 than in cheaper models.
     

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