WingsFan From India, joined Oct 2009, 132 posts, RR: 0 Posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3402 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.
angad84 From India, joined Nov 2012, 996 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 3354 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.
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:
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).