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D80 . Still Good Enough?  
User currently offlineWingsFan From India, joined Oct 2009, 122 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3264 times:

I have a Nikon D80 which I have owned for a couple of years now. I bought it used to get warmed up to photography. After using it mostly for non aviation stuff so far, I am now using it for spotting more often.

If I wish to get shots that might be acceptable on this site, do you think an older body like D80 will still cut it? I have seen many shots in the database taken using D80, but most of them were taken when D80 was among the best bodies available.
If I submit a shot today, will it be inherently inferior to the one taken by a newer camera?
I am thinking that if I shoot in broad daylight , older sensor like D80 should yield a similar result to the latest generation sensors. So my camera should still work just fine. Any thought or suggestions?

Oh..and one more thing. I use D80 with 70-300VR lens.

WingsFan

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User currently offlineJakTrax From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 4936 posts, RR: 7
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3256 times:

If the photographer is 'still good enough', then so is the camera. It's photographers who make the images you see here, not cameras; the camera is simply a tool.

Karl


User currently offlineangad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 865 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3216 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
If the photographer is 'still good enough', then so is the camera. It's photographers who make the images you see here, not cameras; the camera is simply a tool.

Absolutely.

Quoting WingsFan (Thread starter):
I am thinking that if I shoot in broad daylight , older sensor like D80 should yield a similar result to the latest generation sensors. So my camera should still work just fine. Any thought or suggestions?

In broad daylight, shooting in the sharpness sweet spot for your lens, there should be absolutely no issue. In fact, the D80 will even handle challenging light with aplomb.

Here are some recent example from the DB, shot with the D80 + Nikkor 70-300VR that you also have:


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Keep in mind, I am only speaking for a.net shots. If you're looking to do more than post images online, then you should have a word with someone who has used the camera extensively (Steve, who shot the images I've posted, would be a good person to ask).

Cheers
Angad


User currently offlineclickhappy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 9633 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3194 times:
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The D80 uses the same sensor as the D200, which I still use (still my fave cam).


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User currently offlineWingsFan From India, joined Oct 2009, 122 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 3189 times:

Quoting JakTrax (Reply 1):
If the photographer is 'still good enough'

No questions about it. I guess I will soon get answer to that from the screeners.  .

Quoting angad84 (Reply 2):
In broad daylight, shooting in the sharpness sweet spot for your lens, there should be absolutely no issue. In fact, the D80 will even handle challenging light with aplomb.

Good to know. I will start by making most of the daylight while its still available where I live.

Quoting clickhappy (Reply 3):
The D80 uses the same sensor as the D200, which I still use (still my fave cam).

I did not knew that.

Thank you three for saving me money !


User currently offlinechuck9941 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 194 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3176 times:

Quoting WingsFan (Thread starter):
Oh..and one more thing. I use D80 with 70-300VR lens.

This is the set up I use and I would say account for at least 80% of my photos on the site. I've had the body since Dec. '06 while I continue to wait for the mythical D400 but that's another story...   



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