I am going to go digital one day and the choice is between D80 and D200 (unless D90 and D300 are released by that time). I heard from one photographer that there is a certain time lag in D80 before it starts to focus (about 0.5 second). D200 allegedly does not have this problem. The person said tha this problem had been mentioned at dpreview.com but I could not find it there. Did anybody notice any focusing lag or difference in focusing speed between these two cameras?
No there is no significant focusing delay with the D80. The D80 shares the same auto focus system as the D200. The difference is in selectable features, the D200 give you more options for configuring how the 11 focus points work together.
The only thing I can think of that could make a difference is with screwdriver focus lenses (regular Nikon AF as opposed to AF-S) where a motor in the camera body drives the focus mechanism. It is possible that the D200 has a slightly stronger/faster motor in which case it would focus faster with these lenses. This is irrelevant though if you use an AF-S (where the lens has it’s own focusing motor) lens.
Otherwise I find the D80 focus to be fast and responsive.
There are a few good reasons to choose a D200 over the D80 but a “focus lag” is not one of them. They are both outstanding cameras so compare the features and capabilities then choose the one that best fits your shooting needs.
Good luck, either way you will end up with a great camera.
I have the D80 and a Nikkor 18-200 VR lens and almost always use it with the VR on, and it is plenty fast. I also have a Nikon 50mm f/1.8 - very fast - and a Tamron 200-500 zoom that extends out to 19" (camera and lens) at 500mm. The Tamron auto-focuses just fine, despite some of the reviews I read before I bought it. I haven't experienced any delays with my D80 with any of these lenses that might be deal breaker when considering the D80. When you're talking 1/2 second or less, well that's not critical to me and what I shoot. And I shoot hummingbirds, and those little birds can dart away in a flash. But I also have to factor in what my eye sees, what my brain thinks about what my eye sees, and how long it takes for the signal to get from my brain to my shutter finger or remote. Depending upon how many beers I've consumed, that time lag can vary (grin).
Seriously, the auto-focus speed of the D80 is just fine - you will be perfectly happy with this camera.
The only thing that might be considered lag is when the focusing are is not picked up right away. I find this only happend when my focus area is at infinity and, the object is out of my focus area. Otherwise it is as, fast or, faster than some of my other cameras.
Having used the D200 and having a D80 I really can not tell the difference and I have spent whole weekends using a D200. But then again I may not be after stuff thats that fast. This maybe more dependent on your type of photography.
I find no detectable lag from the shutter release to the shutter tripping except if the camera is having trouble focusing which is not very often. This is one you may need to test yourself and see how it fits into your style of photography because I find no lag at all. Jim
The D-80 is not fast enough to follow focus on animals running towards the camera.
It is also not powerful enough to move some of the older tele lens very quickly - I have had "problems" with a 300 for example.
Whether the D-200 is faster I don't know.
You did not say what types of situations you were concerned about and the replies above are quite vague also.
I would say the D-80 is plenty fast enough for most amateur work. No camera is perfect and I have been working around their "faults" for decades now -- it is just part of the work of being a photographer.
Nikon expects you to pony up for a pro body if you want to work on the extremes of picture 'grabbing' - the problem with doing that in the digital realm is that your investment vaporizes very quickly as resolution (and hopefully someday, contrast) improve. With film cameras you could count on many years before you "had" to "upgrade."
I still have my F-3 and they will have to pry it out of my cold, dead fingers. (With apologies to the NRA or whomever coined that phrase).
>You did not say what types of situations you were concerned >about and the replies above are quite vague also.
I heard this from a photographer at another forum without much explanation, and replies were even vauguer, i.e. nobody could say clearly if there was any time lag before the thing started focusing or not. So I decided to ask Nikonians. See, it wasn't even focusing speed but a time lag that allegedly existed in D80 but did not exist in D200 (i.e. D80 was said to do nothing for some short period of time before it started focusing).
>I still have my F-3 and they will have to pry it out of my >cold, dead fingers. (With apologies to the NRA or whomever >coined that phrase). I still have a Nikkormat, by the way
>That particular lag is definitely not much on the D-80.
I suspect now that this fellow's "works might be gummed up" if he really has an observable lag.
>For the D-80 I'd say it might be a problem only in >scientific high-speed photography. The only real issue for >us is focus tracking speed. Yes, it is true. Having bought a Sigma 100-300 HSM, I can track Rugby players in AF-C mode, which was unusable with a screwdriver lens, but can't track my dog runnning at me at a close distance. The focus on the pictures was on the dog's bottom Anyhow...
The person could have been referring to the time it takes some lenses to focus. For example I have the 80-400VR it is a screwdriver focusing lens. If the focus is set at infinity and I point the camera at a nearby object it takes bit of time for the D80’s focusing motor to move all that glass that far. That could be perceived or described as a lag. But when I press the shutter release there is no delay (lag) between that and the time that the focusing motor starts to turn.
A D200 will make a lens like that focus faster because of a stronger motor as I stated in the second paragraph in reply #1.
If I use an AF-S lens like the 17-55 f/2.8 or 105 VR and I press the shutter release the lens snaps right into focus with no delay or lag
No no lag and with AF-S or HSM lens i dare say it is on par with the D200. Plus I have not had any trouble with the D80 tracking fast moving objects. I took this of a jet roaring overhead at probably 140 mph no problems and this was with the kit lens 18-135DX. I looked up as I heard the noise and snapped the shot off is a split second, I actually got several shots. Of coarse this was a large contrasty target.
AF speed and lag are not a weakness of the D80 it is a very responsive camera and from all the reviews the fastest at its price range. Jim
i use my D80 mostly for sports photography and i experience no significant focus delay. it has sorta been hacknayed on here but the D200 and D80 do have the same system. The D80 was my first dslr and it was awesome to learn off of. The D200 is also a great camera but they offer a few different things. Just check it out before you buy which sounds like it may be a while.