D80 Feel: Questions

Started Sep 20, 2006 | Discussions thread
OP dirtee1 Senior Member • Posts: 1,918
Re: Very satisfied

Thanks Miancu your comments are certainly appreciated.

miancu wrote:

I wanted to buy a D200 as my first dSLR. It seemed perfect for me.
The problem was that I have never held one in my hands until last
week when I noticed it was too big for me and this was impairing
its ergonomics (in my hands). D80 is just perfect for my hands and
cheaper. So I decided I should go for it even if I had to lose some
advantages of D200. Moreover I'm an amateur not a pro. I can tell
you now that I don't regret it.

Interesting to see how already a few responders prefer the D80 over the D200 which is supposed to be the king in ergonomics.

The problem here is that everyone perceives this "perfect for my
hands" in a very different manner so I have probably just one
single advice that I think is useful: never buy online if you
didn't hold THE camera in your hands. I was on the verge of doing
this mistake with the D200. Moreover, I had the chance to hold in
my hands both D50 and D70s in the same shop where I bought the D80.
D70s is bigger so probably this is the reason that feels "more
solid", but IMO it is not. It is just the same just bigger. As some
other pointed out, D80 feels like metal not like plastic in your
hands. Just remove the lens and hold it: no cranky plastic, feels
solid and well built even without the lens (being heavier with the
lens gives a false impression of solidity).

Oh darn, I done gone and bought the dang thing online already ;P I was hoping to be able to anticipate the feel because I'd previoulsy owned a D50, just more solid and more comfortable. What I didn't count on was the subtle differences you guys are reporting, but now that I've heard your stories I believe I should be at the very least satisfied with it. I'm definitely sitting in the smaller, denser, stronger camp.

The D80 viewfinder look is huge compared to the D70s and D50. I've
looked through all three and I was extremely unpleasantly impressed
by the tunnel-look of D70s viewfinder.

I took a look through the D200 the other day and it didn't seem a whole lot different compared to the D70, but that was probably because I was judging the D70 from memory.

The controls take a while to learn but in the end you'll get
accustomed to use them quickly and painlessly. Although I have one
constant problem with both selection wheels for white balance
setup: I have hard time remembering which does what (the from one
changes values, the back one changes modes or vice-versa). It seems
you have to learn them by heart.

I've been using the D70 and D50 for a year and a half now so I think I should do fine. Like you I'm also having trouble remembering which dial does what, I guess I just don't have much physical memory.

A bit cumbersone is also changing the metering - that I do often -
and I have to pause and look on the above LCD. Same for drive
modes. On the other hand, exposure bracketing has a display in the
viewfinder but only for single bracketing. For multiple bracketing
you have (again) to look on the LCD and use a separate button,
located under the flash button. I don't know if I used the correct
terms but I hope you understand.

I used to own a Kodak DX6490 which was basically a high-end superzoom digicam. It had an EVF (tiny by SLR standards ) through which I adjusted all the controls. The difference was the Kodak would bring up a menu that filled up the entire screen every time I wanted to adjust anything other than shutter speed and aperture. This may seem cumbersome to some but I quickly got used to it. When I started using the D70 I went from that to adjusting everything from the top LCD instead except exposure comensation. I just completely stopped using the viewfinder info because it was too hard to read. That said I don't find taking my eye away from the VF and looking at the top LCD to be a nuisance at all. I guess it's just a matter of adaptability and preference.

Overall I'm very satisfied with it and with the IQ considering that
I own a "poor"-rated lens (28-200 3.5-5.6 D). This is very good
starter camera but I think we'll get together for a long while, I
hope its guts will last (electronics & mechanics).

It certainly will, trust me on that

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