I'm not super up to date on DSLR's, but basically I'm looking for a middle of the road DSLR to take with me on my 3 month trip to Greece in the spring, and I'm hoping to spend around 1000-1300 total. I don't really have any particular convictions of Nikon vs Canon. I've read through a bunch of the DSLR threads lately, and I'm thinking about buying a D80 with a Nikkor f/2.8-4 24-85mm lens. I chose this for a few reasons, first of all, I liked the D90 a lot, but don't really need the video mode as I have tons of video equipment already, so this seemed to be a logical and cheaper alternative. I also like that it has 2 separate wheels, one for shutter speed, and one for aperture which I think is a big advantage over the D60 for example.
For those who know more than me about the topic, will this be a good choice/ are there other similar cameras I should look at?
Thanks for the post. I've read that the d40 is more of a beginner camera than the d80, whatever that means, also i have some decent lenses from a nikon film slr that would work with AF on the d80 and not the d40 or d40x.
The D80 is a prime camera if you have the money to spend. I, myself own a Nikon D50 and have used it for about 2 years now, all my lens's and flashes are also Nikon. Everything is so durable, for instance, i have dropped my nikkor 18-55 lens in the snow about 3 times now, however my good friend who shoots cannon took his camera out to shoot in heavy snow and it was ruined the next day.