What to get D80 v. D40 v. D60 (used body only)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by carbonmotion, Feb 23, 2009.

  1. carbonmotion macrumors 6502a

    carbonmotion

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    My D50 broke (fell, shattered), which Nikon body should I get and why?
    D40, D40x, D60, or D80 (all used bodies)? (I can't afford the D90) ... I have the following lenses

    NIKKOR 18-55 mm
    NIKKOR 50 mm f/1.8

    I did some internet research and the first page that came up was Ken Rockwell's site comparing D40 v. D80. He seems to think the D40 is better than the D80, but he also sounds like an idiot.

    What do you recommend and why? Give me your expert opinion. I shoot during my travels, a lot of people in motion, night shots, street shots, and landscapes.

    Thanks in advance for the advice.
     
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  3. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

    carbonmotion

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    might just sell the 55 for the new 35
     
  4. Max Archer macrumors member

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    Go with the D80 if you really want to go used, it's the best of that generation in terms of consumer DSLRs.

    However, the PMA show is coming up in a week or so, and Nikon's expected to unveil the long-awaited replacement for the D40. I'd hold off until we see what they release, it's expected to be comparable in performance to the D90 in terms of high-ISO performance, and rumor has it that it'll have a new, much better type of built-in flash that'll blow previous models out of the water. (They're saying it should be similar to the SB-400 external flash, with the ability to tilt for bouncing the light, and possibly with an external battery pack that'll mount in the shoe and provide extra power.)
     
  5. carbonmotion thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    thanks, best case scenario is this new camera depresses the price of D80s even further!
     

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