D80 - First Impressions
I received the D80 as an Xmas gift today. It's intended to be a second body to my D200, I also figured that it wold be a good walk around camera for casual shooting.
Initial impressions are favorable. It's significantly smaller and lighter than the D200. Set-up is much simpler and the camera is basically ready to go out of the box. The in camera editing is a nice toy and I like the ability to simply let the camera do the thinking if I'm in a lazy mood. Image quality is excellent. The view finder is D200 image and quality. The LCD screen is excellent. I think this is a solid camera for 90% of DSLR shooters. I would recommend it in an instant. Especially with the bodie now under $900 street price.
On the downside there are a few things that bugged me. Particularly after I've used the D200 for the last 6 months.
Set-up is simpler, because many menu features were omitted vs. the D200 menu's. I like being able to set-up 4 custom profiles vs. 1. I know the camera has built in profiles, but I still like the flexibility of the D200 set-ups
The location of the depth of field button is ridiculous. At times I feel like I need an extra finger.
The AE/AF lock and AF buttons are also a tough reach.
The function button is tucked in between the lense and the grip. The gap is smaller than the D200 and therefore a pinch on the finger.
I don't like the flash popping up automatically. I ended up setting flash off as the function button.
I haven't figured out how to take AF off the shutter yet. I can assign it to the AE/AF lock, but the shutter still activates AF too. I generally shut AF off on the shutter when using a VR lense.
The AF button irequires double jointed fingers when the camera is held up to the eye.
I would also rather have consistency with the CF cards vs. switching to SD's.
Considering the feature and image value for the dollar, these are all mnor gripes.
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