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Playing Around With the Nikon D80

On September 20, 2006, in Cycling, Formula 1, Photography, Stuff, by Josh Hallett
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I received my Nikon D80 a few weeks ago and have been thrilled with it so far. This past Sunday was the first time I had the opportunity to really go out and play with it though. I posted a Flickr photoset from my play time. It’s a variety of different shots including the standard flower shot.

I had heard horror stories about how Nikon would announce a product and then it would take weeks or months for suitable stock to hit the stores. Luckily this was not the case with the D80. I ordered mine in late August and had it by Sept 8th. It seems that most of the stores received their stock in the first week of September.

Unpacking the Nikon D80

Up until a few days ago all I had was the basic 17-55mm kit lens that came with the camera. Yesterday I picked up a 70-300mm zoom, while I still wait on backorder for the 18-200mm VR lens that everybody raves/loves. The next purchase will be a straight 50mm 1.4.
I have also learned that megapixels aren’t everything (which I had read just about everywhere when researching the purchase). I have yet to shoot anything on the highest quality settings.
I’m looking forward to playing more with the camera and then taking for a real spin at the Tour de Georgia and US Grand Prix in 2007. I might need to get this 80-400mm VR lens before the USGP though :-)

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2 Responses to Playing Around With the Nikon D80

  1. Sarah Young says:

    Josh,
    The photographs are excellent. I am familiar with the Nikon D70, and I will only use Nikons after using it for a year. I’m afraid I have been spoiled by the camera! The great thing about these cameras is that once you learn to use them, your photographs make you look like a professional. Even though I don’t have any formal training in photography, my pictures always are beautifully crisp. A friend used this camera to photograph his brother’s wedding, and his pictures were better than the hired photographer’s. Enjoy your new Nikon. Maybe you’ll never use anything else ever again, either.

  2. Nikon D80 – comparison with D200, Rebel XTi and Sony A100

    The Nikon D80, destined to replace the popular D70 series, is a great camera for Nikon fans who wish to upgrade from their D50s, 70s or 100s. It’s also attractive enough to maybe get a few people to jump ship!
    Here’s the highlights:
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