Which combination would you rather have....

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    I'm currently on the fence about jumping up to a D300. One of my questions is.... How does the high ISO image quality of the D300 effect the need for high speed lenses? I have done some low light photography and plan on doing a lot more. I also plan on getting more into sports photography. I can't decide whether to get the 70-200mm f/2.8 VR for my D80 or keep my current lens line up and go for the D300. From the choices below, which would you rather have, and why? Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions.

    Nikon D80 w/
    Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR

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    Nikon D300 w/
    Nikkor 18-200mm VR
     
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    Is the only difference really the longer lens?

    I would personally go for the D300 (I have been hearing wonderful things about it, especially the improvement with noise) and not purchase the 18-200mm save up for a while for the 70-200mm
     
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    Nikon D300
    Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.4
    Sigma 10-20mm
    Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 Macro
    SB600 Speedlight
     
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    I currently have the 18-200mm VR. My dilema is getting the D300 and keeping the set-up that is in my signature or getting rid of the 18-200mm and getting the 70-200mm to go with my D80.
     
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    That is my dream set-up, but the D300 and the 70-200mm VR is not in my budget.
     
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    My choice would be :
    D300
    70-200 2.8 VR
    24-70 2.8
    50 1.4
    SB-800

    No matter the combo, the D300 over the D80 with any lens combo.
     
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    D300 plus a choice of a lens....

    Save up for the rest.
     
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    D300! Seriously, it pays to invest in the awesome body now, instead of buying a D80 and then selling it and buying a D300 later...

    If you can get it now, you might as well.
     
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    The D300 is worth it, Trust me, I have had mine for 2 weeks now and I would cry like a small child if I had to give it up.
     
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    Have you used your D300 with your 18-200 VR in any low light situations with the ISO bumped up?

    One of my concerns is that the 18-200mm will still not be adequate in low light with the ISO bumped up.

    Thanks for all the comments, but the original questions was...Given the two choices, which would you go with? You can only have one of the two set-ups (no mixing and matching) I already know which one I would go with if money was not a concern. Thanks again.
     
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    Honestly if you have the D80 right now you should be just fine investing in good glass. By the time you grow out of your D80 there will probably be a next generation of Nikon bodies out there. Glass is the best long-term investment and holds it's value and lasts longer than a body. Obviously I would (and did) invest in qualtiy glass begore you go after the pro body.
     
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    Sorry but ISO vs aperture is not the right comparison. There's also the sharpness of the 70-200 and the depth of field.

    If I were really restricted to the choice of only those two I would probably pick the D80 and the great lens. It'll product much better photos. Especially if it's the 70-200 range you're most keen about, because this is where the already mediocre 18-200 really sucks!
     

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