A Day Out With The D80

The D80 was a great camera.  The only issue i had with it, was the fact that it overexposed on a bright, sunny day.  Therefore, you had to dial in a bit of negative compensation.  If i were to suggest a good, budget DSLR for first time buyers/students, i would suggest the D80.

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These photos were taken back in April of this year, just as the last remnants of snow were melting.  The lens i used, was the Tamron 70-300 USD VC.  It’s a great lens and is equal in every way to the Nikon equivalent.  The VC is wonderful, but it takes some getting used to.  The AF & VC, when working together, have a very “mechanical sound” to them.  Nikon certainly wins in this respect, with it’s quiet operation.

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The D80 itself, is a pro-sumer model and brings you into the world of “pro” like body design.  It has far more manual controls than a D3XXX or D5XXX; therefore, it really enables you to concentrate on your photo taking, rather then menu searching.

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Of course, compared to today’s cameras, the D80 is not going to break any land speed records.  Even when the shutter speed is at 1/1000, it sounds slow!

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Anyhow, no matter what camera you have, there is nothing like capturing these beautiful aircraft lifting off the ground and soaring off into the wild blue yonder.

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