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Angie M. Murdock
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Upgrade Camera or Buy a New Lens?


Hello! I currently have a Nikon D80 and was wondering if I would be better off investing in a high-quality lens or upgrading my camera and using my mid-quality lenses. Which is more important? I mainly shoot sports and dog/pets. Thank you in advance!

10/6/2010 6:57:08 AM

 
Randy A. Myers
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  This is not an easy question to answer. Lenses are very important for achieving quality images and you didn't specify which lenses you had. If they are truly mid-quality, then I would have to advise to upgrade the camera body. Here are my reasons. A newer and upgraded body will get you a better AF system with more cross type sensors to assist in achieving better and faster focus. That is very important in shooting sports. You will also be getting a more sophisicated metering system. The most important thing you would be getting with a newer upgraded body would be better dynamic range and lower noise resulting in the ability to use higher ISO. The higher ISO lets you increase the shutter speed and will help you attain sharper sports images. This is the main reason to upgrade the camera body. It also lets you get by without having large, heavy, fast lenses. Hope these thoughts help. Good luck on your decision.

10/7/2010 8:10:36 AM

 
Angie M. Murdock
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  Thank you so much for all your information. It is truly a big help. My lenses are as follows: Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 18-135mm 3.5, Sigma 28-70mm 2.8 and a Nikon 70-300mm 4

10/7/2010 11:55:59 AM

 
Randy A. Myers
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  You have a nice range of focal lengths. The one lens I would recommend would be the 70-200 2.8VR. If that is more than you want to spend, the 80-200 2.8 can be had for 1/3 to 1/2 the cost of the 70-200 VR. It is still a fantastic lens. I have the 80-400 VR and would not recommend it for sports or action. It is too slow to focus for fast action. I think you need to consider the Nikon D7000 that was just announced. The specifications are very nice as well as the projected price. I wouldn't upgrade bodies to anything less than the D7000 or the D300. Anything less would be a waste of money in my opinion. Good luck!

10/7/2010 2:54:32 PM

 
Angie M. Murdock
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  Thank you! I have a lot to consider. I really appreciate it.

10/7/2010 5:41:44 PM

 
Tara R. Swartzendruber

member since: 3/28/2007
  I wrestled with this exact question awhile ago. For what it's worth, I upgraded from the D80 to the D700 and love it. I bought a Nikkor 24-70 to go with it, and would like the 70-200, but that's later... I think it takes much sharper photos (of course, that is likely the lens), a richer color, and I can go higher with the IS0 without significant noise than I could on the D80.

10/9/2010 4:17:23 PM

 
Angie M. Murdock
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member since: 10/1/2007
  Thanks, Tara. I have heard the D700 is a very nice camera. I'm weighing all my options with all the great advice I have been given. I'm quite interested in the D7000 that's coming out as mentioned by Randy. Oh, decisions, decisions! Thank you both!

10/9/2010 7:21:57 PM

 

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