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DSLR: D40, D60 or D80?

buy a 6MP D40 and splurge on FAST zoom lens (17-55mm f2.8 IF-ED: drool, 24-85mm f2.8-4 IF: more likely).

buy D60 and still splurge on FAST zoom lens (17-55mm f2.8 IF-ED: drool, 24-85mm f2.8-4 IF: more likely).


wait until D80 prices come down even more (due to introduction of D90) and buy a fast fixed focal length lens (35mm f2 or 50mm f1.4) or mediocre zoom lens (18-105mm f3.5-5.6 VR)sold together as a package.

MP is not really a critical spec for me as currently I make do with 4MP shots and get more than staisfactory results.

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I have some lenses from a prior 35mm film SLR and wanted to use those, so my choices were limited to Canons. My next criteria was to maintain the focal length of the existing lenses and to do that you need a full size chip that the light sensing is done on. Most are smaller than the film window and therefore they have an artificially high focal length - you, in effect, get the performance from your lens that would get if the film window was scaled down. Which means, you get a lower real resolution at full size or larger. At the time the EOS 5D was the most affordable, for me, choice. Anyway it is an item to consider. Jim
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^ I was the same way with Nikon. I had a 24-120mm Nikkor zoom, and a 70-300mm Nikkor zoom, and I didn't want to buy new glass. What I really wanted was a faster frame rate, so I waited for the D200 and bought it about 2 years ago. I'd go for the D300 today if I had the choice. Woof.

The image sensor is the same, so it basically boils down to how experienced you are as a photog and what kinds of features you want on-the-body versus traversing menus to set. The D200 lets me easily adjust all the really common things without using the menus, which is handy for doing stuff at a live action event (such as a race).

I've not shot any of the lenses you're mentioning. I love Nikon personally. Tons of pros shooting sporting events chose Canon, but I'm convinced it's because of the lenses. They're also shooting the very high-end bodies and they don't pay for them. Pro's at those events who buy their own stuff almost always chose Nikon...same with the guys who don't need that gigantic ass bazooka zoom lens you always see at golf tournaments and races, because Nikon doesn't make one similar.

I'd go to photo.net and peek around there...you'll find some objective reviews of those cameras and it should give you a good idea what would work best for you. Not knowing what you like to shoot most, I can't recommend a body/lens combo. The two lenses I mentioned have me pretty well covered for most any situation.
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Like Jim, I have a collection of Canon Lenses that date back from the 70s when I fell in love with photography. I have other SLRs and lenses but the combination of my stuff and my wife's turned up to be mostly Canon oriented. The good thing now is I no longer need to worry about retrieving my lab from storage to develop pictures.
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