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Will Wohler
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/2/2004

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I am looking at getting a Nikon DSLR and was wondering if someone could give me some pointers as to which one I should get? I am trying to decide between the D70s and the D80, besides the price what are the major differences and what are the similarities that I should be looking for? I have never had a DSLR before so that may be a factor as well in terms of ease of use, I am willing to learn though. Please lend all the feedback that you can.
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4/28/2007 11:08:44 AM

Hi Will,

WHY are you "looking at getting a Nikon DSLR"? Why a Nikon? Why a dSLR?

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4/28/2007 11:37:33 AM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
  Hello Will,

I see from your gallery you have used a N-65. The only REAL difference is you are moving to digital.

You will not find too much that will confuse you moving to a DIGITAL SLR if you are familiar with any SLR.

A few differences you will see are; No aperture ring on many DSLR's..It is controlled with thumb wheels on the camera, as is shutter speed.

Concerning which one to get depends entirely on what you want to shoot; or your shooting style if you will.

The differences between the D-70s and D-80 are so slight, it is hardly worth talking about. You'll hear a lot about how one is 6mp and the other is 10mp. Don't get caught up in the MP war.

Both cameras shoot exceedingly well, with the final quality output of either, indistinguishable in all areas except theoretical tests.

My best advice to you is this; no matter which camera you go with, get the best lens/lenses you can afford.

I have seen many posts where the poster bemoans how lousy or unsharp their photos are. Then we read the lens they are using is;to put it bluntly; crap!

Who would put re-tread bias ply tires on a Ferrari F-40? Hmm?

There are pluses AND Minuses in going with digital..The list is almost endless. Many have found digital compliments their shooting style..some say it has hindered it...NO real answer here.

Finally; transitioning to digital will becon you to learn at a minimum; some post processing it Adobe, paintshop or whiz-bang-clean-it-up editing. :)

If you are not sure you will embrace digital shooting, perhaps you might consider a used DSLR?

To reiterate; whatever you get, get good glass.

All the best,


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4/28/2007 9:25:06 PM

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