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Yet another D80/D40x debate?

StillLearningAt60

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StillLearningAt60 Registered since 19th Nov 2007
Mon 19-Nov-07 08:17 PM

I'm new here, but I'm not yet a Nikon DSLR owner.

I was all set to buy the D80 instead of the D40x because of the flexible lens choices on the D80. But after looking at the selection of lenses on Nikon's site, it appears that most of the lenses are the AF-S type. Few are AF only now. Where are the cheaper AF lenses?

I was looking to purchase the D80 with the 18-200mm VR lens, but that's a little cost prohibitive. The other choices would be one of these combinations
-- D80 body with the 18-55mm and the 55-200mm lenses (both are AF-S)
or
-- D80 body with the 18-70mm and the 70-200mm lenses (both are AF-S and the 70-200 is VR)

Am I wasting money getting AF-S and VR lenses when I don't need those features on the D80?

If I just get a D80 body, what other lens choices would you suggest for a new buyer?

I know some of you favor getting a D40 with faster lenses, so which ones would you recommend if you had to budget less than $1500 for all?

My interests are in a wide range of photography from portraits to landscapes to sports.


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