This past weekend, I managed to do something I have been wanting to do for a long time. I have been wanting to upgrade my camera to a better one and finally did it. I sold my Nikon D40 for a good price and ended up buying a Nikon D80. At first, I had my heart set on the D90 but after doing a lot of reasearch and talking to a photographer, it just wasn’t worth the $400 extra right now.
Sunset Over Phoenix
Why The Upgrade?
There were a few reasons why I wanted to upgrade. The D80 is overall a better camera and offers the following four things:
Auto Bracketing – When it comes to photography, one thing I really like is HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. With the D40, it was a little difficult to shoot photos with different exposure settings because it did not have a auto-bracketing feature. Now that I have a D80, I can set it to shoot 3 photos with different settings automatically.
10.2 Megapixels Instead of 6.1 – I shoot a lot of pictures and I sometimes like to crop them down. The D80 shoots in a higher resolution, which gives me more picture to work with. It also makes it easier to print large prints.
Larger Camera Body – Don’t get me wrong, I loved my D40. However, it is one of the smallest Digital SLR’s out there and it felt a little too small in my hands. The D80 has more to it and makes it easier to hold it still and not have any camera shake.
A Few More Test Shots
Here are a few more pictures I took last night while hanging out at Papago Park here in Phoenix:
A View of Downtown Phoenix
Loving It So Far
So far, I love the camera and am glad I upgraded. However, I still have a ways to go to learn all of the new settings on the D80. As I get back to doing some more traveling, you can expect to see a bunch of new photos and they should get better with time.