Product Type: Nikon digital cameras
Newest Review: ... easy to learn the aperture, white balance and other features. All in all the D80 is amazing and I can't fault it, however, I wouldn'... more
I love my D80
Member Name: Sally-Hull
Advantages: Size, menu system,image quality
Disadvantages: built in flash not good,
Having owned two Nikon SLR's in the past, an F301 and an F90x, the F90 I had to sell to help pay 'Mr Tax Man', I was ready for a DSLR. I'd been using a digital compact for a couple of years but when I saw the D80 on the cover of a magazine, I knew I had to have it!!
The D80 has that classic 'Nikon look and feel' to it. Nice and chunky and a good balance in your hands but not too heavy. You feel that if you were to drop it it'd be fine.
On first using the D80, I set it to its 'Auto' setting, just to get used to it. The auto setting does everything for you...anyone buying a camera like this won't be using auto though....you only use auto if your drunk or give it to someone else to use.
I then fired some off on the other modes. I found the images 'lacking in contrast' and a bit dull. They didn't have that 'omphh' out of the box that I was expecting. This was easily sorted out though by tweeking the settings in the menu. You need to go to 'optimise image' then select 'vivid'. You have to do this if you want 'punchy' images out of the camrea and don't want to be spending ages post processing on Photoshop. These settings will only apply to the manual modes though..'P' 'A' 'S' & 'M'.
I only have one lens that I use and thats the 50mm F1.8 lens that I got of ebay for about £40. Best lens you could have! Its compact, brilliant images and fast! which is good as the built in flash is not that good...it has a tendancy to under expose a lot.
You can use the older Nikon lenses with this Camera which is another advantage. With the D60, you can only use the new Nikon lenses I believe.
Its a very impressive piece of kit...your friends will be impressed but I'd not really recommend it to someone just starting out...a D60 would be a better bet i feel.
Summary: One for advanced photographers
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