• Nikon D80 dSLR
  • 18-135mm ED-IF AF Nikkor Zoom
    • Sunpak UV Lens Filter
  • 18-200mm ED-IF AF VR Nikkor Zoom
    • Sunpak UV Lens Filter
    • Sunpak Circular Polarizer Lens Filter
    • Nikon Neutral Density ND4 Lens Filter
  • Nikon SB-600 Speedlight
  • Sunpak Tripod

Experience and reviews;

The Nikon D80 is flexible and intuitive.  When I say intuitive, you need to grasp the difference between a EVF and SLR camera.  If you don’t, you have a learning curve ahead of you.  There are a lot of good books out there to read up on SLR vs EVF (Electronic ViewFinder) cameras.  Maybe at some future point I’ll put together a quick and dirty FAQ, but not now.

The 18-135mm and 18-200mm Nikkor lenses both suffer from slight (-3.5) pin cushioning (image distortion) and vignetting (18-135mm seems to occur more at high focal length, but I’ve not done any in depth testing).    The bokeh on the 18-135mm lens may not be considered “attractive” by professionals because it places the blur emphasis on the outside edge of the blur.  It’s not very noticable, but I’m something of a perfectionist so I noticed.  Since photography featuring bokeh isn’t something that I’m very attracted to right now, it’s not a big concern of mine.  I’ll come back to this topic when I drift in that direction.

Last updated June 1, 2007