Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Started Sep 6, 2006 | Discussions
samjstern
samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

All I can say is buy this camera.
To me it's image quality and controls are excellent.
I have a D50 , D70 , D70s , and 3 D200's I use for weddings.
The D70 and D70s go on ebay today.
I am getting another D80.
It is SWEAT.

I will post images and more tonight.
Many of you were sitting on the fence and waiting.
Don't wait, go for it.
Just let me get another first.

It have some great new features.
Nikon really came through with this one.
Just don'y forget to get a SD card also, it does NOT use Cf cards.

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mike bustad Forum Pro • Posts: 10,220
Sweet!! Where is that Brown truck? Mine is on it nt
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blik Regular Member • Posts: 431
"It is SWEAT." Such perspiring words.

Sam, I know what you intended to say.

You flash tips have helped many in this forum, and your views are highly respected. I'll get my copy tomorrow, thanks to Roberts Imaging lightning service.
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samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Sorry

I spelled SWEET wrong.

Wait you play with this and look at the images on the computer.
To me it is a baby D200.
Lots of external controls, 10 Mp .
Wait to you see the zoom in button to look at an image.
Just one button, push it zoom, push again it zooms more, push again it and agin.
Lots of external buttons for controls just like the D200.
I have just not tried the image quality at 1600 ISo yeat.

That comes tonight., but what I see here now is very very excellent.
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mike bustad Forum Pro • Posts: 10,220
Re: Sorry

samjstern wrote:

I spelled SWEET wrong.

Wait you play with this and look at the images on the computer.
To me it is a baby D200.
Lots of external controls, 10 Mp .
Wait to you see the zoom in button to look at an image.
Just one button, push it zoom, push again it zooms more, push again
it and agin.

This is one of the things I didn't like about my D50

Lots of external buttons for controls just like the D200.
I have just not tried the image quality at 1600 ISo yeat.

That comes tonight., but what I see here now is very very excellent.
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SteveofHouston New Member • Posts: 1
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Ditto, I ordered my D80 W/NIK 18-135 LENS on August 15th and received it this morning. Let the fun begin!

samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
You know

I stopped getting excited about new cameras long time ago.
To me they are just tools for making a living,

but what I am excited about is I finally think Nikon has a sub $1,000 product that will go beyound it's expectations. It will give a high image quality, high MP image to many who need it.
It is small , light, large 2.5 inch LCD.

Quick external buttons for changing setting, a VERY cool zoom into image button, a D-lighting button,

I just think Nikon has a winner in the D80.
Back to more testing.

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AWT Contributing Member • Posts: 848
Each new model is a hard act to follow..

Starting way back with the D70, Nikon raised the bar on what we Nikonians expect with new models. From what you say it looks like it really is the diet D200 I am hoping for.

sean000 Veteran Member • Posts: 7,726
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Congratulations! Let us know how you think it compares to your three D200s. I've been planning to purchase a D200 since I want more controls at my fingertips (instead of in menus), faster FPS, etc. But the D80 does have most of what I want in the D200 at a much less expensive price.

I'm pretty sure the D200 is what I want since I always shoot in A,S, and M modes and would never use the in-camera processing features. Still, it would be good to hear the thoughts of a person who owns both cameras.

Sean

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samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Another thing

The controlls are so similar to the D200 that it is second nature to me now.
MUCH faster to change settings than the D50.
The zoom in function is exceptional.

I think it is a natural backup for those of you that use D200's like I do for weddings.
The controls are just about the same.

I like the color temperature settings to be able to use the Kelvin settings like the D200. Comes in handy a lot.

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samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Sea, it compares very closely.

The D200's are my work horses each weekend.
I love them, but this thing is very close and it's image quality looks the same.
$700 less in price.

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ChrisBlaze Forum Member • Posts: 83
Re: Another thing

Im upgrading from a D50, would a D80 be almost going sideways?

mike bustad Forum Pro • Posts: 10,220
Sam

samjstern wrote:

The controlls are so similar to the D200 that it is second nature
to me now.
MUCH faster to change settings than the D50.
The zoom in function is exceptional.
I think it is a natural backup for those of you that use D200's
like I do for weddings.
The controls are just about the same.

I like the color temperature settings to be able to use the Kelvin
settings like the D200. Comes in handy a lot.

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I am new to Nikon coming from the other side Canon so can you tell me more about the Kelvin settings?

Thank you

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samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Re: Another thing

Oh . no.

You must try the controls to change settings, fast , no going into the menu like the D50..
4 more MP, that is not sideways.
Zoom function alone is exceptional.

Only thing I have not tested is the 1600 ISO image quality.

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samjstern
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Re: Sam

In the studio and in a few other locations I can set my white balance by dialing in a Kelvim temperature. This gives very accurate and repeatble white balance.

It has the usual settings like all other cameras, but like the D200 also have kelvin settings from 2500 to 9900.
In my studio 5300 Kelvin nails the white balance and the colors are perfect,
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Sharma Regular Member • Posts: 175
Hello Sam Sir,

Sir Let me know what about the Dynamic Range and wat about high ISO r these same as D-50 ? and as you are flash expert pls also tell how SB-800 works on D-80 . so many Dpreview members who like to purchase D-80.can take benifit of your valuable coments on this new camera .

Highly Regards
Sharma

hiro_pro
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Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

i picked up my d80 last night from ACE in fairfax, va. (great guys to deal with) i am moving up from a coolpix 8700. the camera works great. fast as lightning. the detail the camera was picking up showed a much more improvement than the 2megapixel jump would indicate. i shot as high as ISO 800 and i am confident (with very little post-processing) i could print a sharp 8.5*11 full bleed. i felt the sd card downloaded much faster than my cf card ever did. i did find the camera was slghtly less forgiving than my coolpix, but once i learn to use that i am sure the detail will be a real plus.

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Berryrice Junior Member • Posts: 27
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Yup..I ordered mine from RITZ on 08-09 and it's coming today....BUT I'm stuck here at work till 8 tonight....dang it! I was actually surprized Ritz and NIKON have their act together and ship so early. I honestly wasn't expecting it till October.

Yes shooting at iso 1600 is somewhat important but people seem to forget if you shoot with a fast lens like my 85mm 1.8 you can shoot at lower ISO's thus a much cleaner picture. I've blown up d50's pictuces on my Canon i9900 13x19 at 800 and 1600 iso...both look good but the 800 looked better up close....but who looks at a picture that closely (less than a foot away). I like the D50 alot until I gave it to my Dad a month ago for the d80. I shoot lots of low light pictures but I usually stay away from zooms or slow lenses. Just my two cents.

cheers...

I can't stand waiting!

David Chin Forum Pro • Posts: 11,670
Great going Sam! ...

... You're holding the record the Man with the most number of Nikon Digital SLR cameras, are you not ?

Looking forward to your D80 tips and tricks!

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Jim Carr Senior Member • Posts: 1,530
Dang it Sam -

If you say it's good, that's all I need to hear.
I can't wait to see what it does with skin tones.
Now I'll have to shoot another wedding to help pay for it.
Jim

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