Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Started Sep 6, 2006 | Discussions
Ken Leonard Veteran Member • Posts: 5,810
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Thanks for sharing. Can't wait to see the photos.

LOL! This is not a dig but you spelled "sweat" wrong. Believe you meant to say sweet. In any case this remeinds me of my high school days ( a long time ago). Seems I was using that same word to sign senior year books to the girls. I must have signed 50 girls yearbooks with "to a sweat girl" ... Oh my! I'll bet that went over big!

Have fun with your D80. I have to wait a bit longer to get mine with the 18-135 kit lens.

Ken

samjstern wrote:

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.

samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
David, Ken, and Jimm

I'll tell you,
this camera body shoud be called a D199.
It is that close to a D200.
For the money it is a winner.
Skin tones and ISO 1600 shots are my next test areas.

My trusty D70 will see ebay this week.
I ordered another D80 just now from Ritz.

The D50 stays in my bag.

For 1600 IS0 shots from the back of a church with no flash it beats everything, hands down.

Here is one with the D50, ISO 1600 and a 24-85mm G lens

I resized too small.
The 8 x 10 of this image looks incredible.

In the album it looks magnificent.

If the D80 is close it is a winner.
I really doubt anything is better than a D50 at 1600 ISO.

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Fit and finish?

samjstern wrote:

I'll tell you,
this camera body shoud be called a D199.
It is that close to a D200.

I read in another place that the D80 felt very well built. How would you compare it to a D70 in build quality and feel?

For the money it is a winner.
Skin tones and ISO 1600 shots are my next test areas.

My trusty D70 will see ebay this week.
I ordered another D80 just now from Ritz.

aroundomaha
aroundomaha Senior Member • Posts: 2,275
iso 1600 - D50 & D200?

Sam,

I don't want to water down the thread, but I'm curious about your opinions of the D50 and D200 at ISO1600?

samjstern wrote:

I'll tell you,
this camera body shoud be called a D199.
It is that close to a D200.
For the money it is a winner.
Skin tones and ISO 1600 shots are my next test areas.

My trusty D70 will see ebay this week.
I ordered another D80 just now from Ritz.

The D50 stays in my bag.
For 1600 IS0 shots from the back of a church with no flash it beats
everything, hands down.

Here is one with the D50, ISO 1600 and a 24-85mm G lens

I really doubt anything is better than a D50 at 1600 ISO.

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Patrick_C Senior Member • Posts: 1,534
Thanks for the Info Sam

Glad to hear that you like it, please keep us informed.

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OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Re: Fit and finish?

same.
Well made and buttons are nicely done. A+++
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samjstern
OP samjstern Veteran Member • Posts: 7,010
Re: iso 1600 - D50 & D200?

The D50 at ISO 1600 is the king.
I would put it up against anything.

The D200 can give a good image but underexposure will bring out bad noise at 1600 ISO.

I have taken some 800 ISO shots with a flash that were excellent with the D200. Put my exposure was on target.

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Iamdaniel123 Regular Member • Posts: 309
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Does the d80 take the same battery as the d70?

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

Unfortunatey NO
It uses the grey battery in the D200.
It is the EN-EL3e.

They are hard to get.
The D70 battery does not fit.
They also use a SD card not a CF card.

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RafaelD7
RafaelD7 Senior Member • Posts: 2,118
Sam - how does the body size compare?

Is the D80 the same body size as the D70, or smaller, like the D50? (Or bigger?)

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snriley Contributing Member • Posts: 828
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Thanks Sam, glad you are as happy as you are.

Mine was delivered to the house 3 hours and 46 minutes ago, and I can't leave work for another 31 minutes, then there is the 20 minute drive time...

I have a D70 that I have verbally sold to a friend contingent on me being happy with the D80. It's not a cheap upgrade, but I hope it will be worth it - and it sounds like you feel it is.

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

Is it the exact same size as the D50 - or a little larger? I love the D70s size so much - I'm not sure I will like the D80 Size!

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Vladik Contributing Member • Posts: 659
They should have called it D199 :)

Sam,

I love mine too, glad to head so many positive comments. Finally!!

All the bashing on the other posts are very irritating, since people haven't even handled the camera themselves. Bunch pixel peepers!!

Just the controls worth the 1000 $. After using my D50 for a year, D80 feels like a gift from God!! My favorite things so far are: backlit top LCD, 2 ISO buttons, zoom controls are simply amazing! Large View Finder is a marvel, large LCD and many many more things. I'm sure I'll be discovering new things everyday!

samjstern wrote:

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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Vladik Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: Well, my D80 came 2 hous ago from Ritz

Its is slightly smaller than D70 and feels much better than my D50. I believe it is slightly bigger than D50 in one dimension.

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Kelton Sweet Contributing Member • Posts: 845
no viewfinder praise?

I'm suprised with all of that "the zoom function is cool!" talk, there was no reference to the viewfinder which seems to be all the rage.

Is it clearly (ha!) a significant upgrade from the D70/D50?

akula34 Regular Member • Posts: 222
Re: no viewfinder praise?

Kelton Sweet wrote:

I'm suprised with all of that "the zoom function is cool!" talk,
there was no reference to the viewfinder which seems to be all the
rage.

Is it clearly (ha!) a significant upgrade from the D70/D50?

YES YES YES!!!

Vladik Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: no viewfinder praise?

read my post.
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Vladik Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: no viewfinder praise?

Its Gigantic, its an amazing improvement from D50!

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

Did any of you get it with the 18-135mm lens? My wife just called me and said she has it in had....she wanted to open the virgin box but just in an hour and 26 min it will be in my hand. I've NEVER bought anything this expensive unseen.....I got the "kit" with the 18-135mm.

Daniel Diaz
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Way to go Sam!!

I'll be picking one up in a month or two, still can't afford it, but I got a couple weddings coming up to help pay the cost

Now hurry up and post those ISO1600 shots, I'm very interested to see what a "real" photographer can do. No offence to those who've posted samples already guys!!
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