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08/26/2008 08:48:24 PM · #1
I have $1000.00 to buy a D-SLR.

Over the years I have collected hundreds and hundreds of dollars in Nikkor lenses.

If your wife gave you $1000 and you could get any new or used f-mount camera what would you get?

I'm no longer a full time pro-photographer. I do mostly travel photography now and I probably won't get another allowance for 5 years, so it still needs to be kinda durrable.
08/26/2008 08:49:35 PM · #2
Sell all those things starting with 'N' and buy a Canon setup.....hehehehehe!
08/26/2008 08:51:02 PM · #3
I knew that was comming... lol
08/26/2008 08:51:59 PM · #4
Don't listen to that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi woman...she is all upside down...

You can get the D200 body on B&H for $1000. It's a very good camera
08/26/2008 08:53:11 PM · #5
Originally posted by bassbone:

Don't listen to that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi woman...she is all upside down...

You can get the D200 body on B&H for $1000. It's a very good camera


Bite Me!
08/26/2008 08:53:52 PM · #6
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by bassbone:

Don't listen to that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi woman...she is all upside down...

You can get the D200 body on B&H for $1000. It's a very good camera


Bite Me!


I really don't think that would be wise...
08/26/2008 09:02:42 PM · #7
Originally posted by JoelHSmith:



If your wife gave you $1000 and you could get any new or used f-mount camera what would you get?



I would get down on my knees and kiss my wife's hand. And do dinner and dishes.

THEN, I'd go buy Canon. *grin*
08/26/2008 09:08:23 PM · #8
Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by bassbone:

Don't listen to that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi woman...she is all upside down...

You can get the D200 body on B&H for $1000. It's a very good camera


Bite Me!


I thought Bite Me was in Holland. ;oP
08/26/2008 09:10:57 PM · #9
The replacement for the D80 is due out son. It should list for under $1,000. I would look at it over a D200 as you would get all the latest technologies. In addition, it should be smaller and ligter which suits a travel camera body much better.
08/26/2008 09:11:11 PM · #10
Originally posted by cpanaioti:

Originally posted by Judi:

Originally posted by bassbone:

Don't listen to that ' . substr('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', strrpos('//www.dpchallenge.com/images/user_icon/21_F.gif', '/') + 1) . ' Judi woman...she is all upside down...

You can get the D200 body on B&H for $1000. It's a very good camera


Bite Me!


I thought Bite Me was in Holland. ;oP


The Aussie version is harder and more damaging! LOL!
08/26/2008 09:12:13 PM · #11
To get this back on topic.....considering you like Nikons (blah), if you like to play with IR, then keep this in mind when looking for the right body for you.
08/26/2008 09:12:39 PM · #12
Go Mow some yards and get a D300 =)
08/26/2008 09:20:34 PM · #13
Originally posted by Intelli:

Go Mow some yards and get a D300 =)

and sell the Fuji .. /
i've seen used D300 already for 1500$
..it's not that much of a stretch ..
skip over the D80 / either jump for the D300 orrrrr D200 (IMO)
08/26/2008 09:33:50 PM · #14
Originally posted by jbsmithana:

The replacement for the D80 is due out son. It should list for under $1,000. I would look at it over a D200 as you would get all the latest technologies. In addition, it should be smaller and ligter which suits a travel camera body much better.


Not a bad suggestion. I was torn between the D80 and the D200, but decided to treat myself. If $1000 is as high as you can go, then this seems like a good idea.
08/27/2008 11:27:32 AM · #15
It depends quite a bit of what you are looking for. If you mostly shoot between 100-800 ISO, a fast, comfortable and robust body, I think the best choice is the D200 (you will probably have the best handling for the price). The D80 is fine also, but I believe that the D200 gives more freedom, and the metering system is better as well.

As far as I am concerned, I have been extremely happy with the D200. The gap D70 > D200 and D100 > D200 were huge. The gaps D80 > D200 and D200 > D300 were not so huge IMO. If you are looking for a camera, which can produce decent (but not fantastic) pictures in high ISO setting, the D300 is probably as good as it can get with APS-C sensors.

D300
---- 1000 $
D200
D80

Message edited by author 2008-08-27 11:28:17.
08/27/2008 11:31:34 AM · #16
Stick with Fuji and get the Fuji S5 Pro it is a fantastic bit of kit
08/29/2008 07:16:06 PM · #17
Ok, I'm going to NY this weekend and buying a D200... or an S5... no! no! a D200. Thanks All. There was a day when I checked on the latest stat of the newest camera the hour it came out. But since I've been out of the profession, I have not paid much attention since 2005.

Thanks for giving me suggestions and peace-of-mind!
08/29/2008 11:22:13 PM · #18
Perhaps buy yourself some pants! DOH!
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