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    I think I'm going to buy a F80 (N80).
    I used to have a F60 (N60), and the built-quality was good enough for me. I suppose the F80 won't be worse..
    Also, the built-in flash, might be usefull in an 'emergency', when you forgot your other flash, or just couldn't take it with you because of the weight.
    Also, I can easily get 1 year (or more) warranty with the F80, and I can simply buy it 'new'. With second hand material, you really never know what you will get..

    Now I have to save some money and decide what kind of lens I want with it. I've some ideas, but still can't decide..
    I'll make another thread for that..

    Thanks everyone for the help.
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    You might be surprised how well the cheap 28-80G kit lens that comes with the F80 kit performs. My first F80 had one, and the N75 I have now has one. That's what I use with it. It seems like a very lightly built lens, compared to more expensive Nikkors, and certainly Nikkors of manual days, but, it a surprisingly good performer, and it keeps the F80/lens combination pretty light. I can post pictures I've taken with it if you like. If it were me, I would seriously consider the kit that includes the camera, the 28-80G and the 70-300G, plus I would get the 50mm 1.8D for when I need faster. That covers a lot of territory without breaking the bank. Alternatively, for a more expensive lens set, my choice would be the 24-85G AFS zoom, the 70-300D zoom, and if you want wider coverage, maybe either a wider prime or the 18-35 zoom. Of course, another option would be Nikkor primes. I had a 24/2.8D, a 35, a 50 and an 85/1.8. I loved the 85 and the 24, particularly. Also, for those with lots of money to spend, there are the much more expensive Nikkor pro zooms.
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    P.S. I really don't think you can go wrong with an F/N80.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pierre
    You might be surprised how well the cheap 28-80G kit lens that comes with the F80 kit performs.
    That may be true, but I'd rather have a lens with a wider coverage. (as you can see in the other thread..) I don't really need a big tele, but something until 105 or 135 should be nice. Also, because I travel quite a lot, I'd rather have 1 lens instead of 2.
    Quote Originally Posted by pierre
    plus I would get the 50mm 1.8D for when I need faster.
    Indeed, that was my plan
    The 50mm is very light, so I might take that one with me all the time, together with a zoom.

    Quote Originally Posted by pierre
    P.S. I really don't think you can go wrong with an F/N80.
    You are probably right, but with The F/N90 I wouldn't have any problems either.. It's more a luxury-problem I guess

    Thanx,
    nixx

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    I'm used to the 90X and I find it a marvelous camera. With the F90x you can't use the "G" lenses, so for example a 70-300 lens will be more expensive because yoiu need to buy the "D"-lens.
    Otherwise I think the F90X is more solid than the F80. However... A friend of mine has an F5 and F80 and he likes very much the F80...
    In Belgium you still can buy the "secretary"-software that enables you to have a connection to your PC, cables are also available but be aware... the foftware isn't very cheap, neather is the connection cable.
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    Before I got my Hassy, I used my N90S all the time, in and out of studio. I use the PC port with my sync cord to my monolights. It works great. At events f/5.6 1/30sec on a stroboframe with a good flash is perfect. I chose the N90S over the F100.
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    I have a Nikkor 28-105 D that I use with my F80 and really can't fault it. Lovely handling, lovely images (when I do *my* bit right!) and a handy semi-macro function as a bonus. Well worth the money.

    I also have a 70-300 ED and it's good, but not in the same league as the 28-105. Given the price of the thing it might be worth reading a few reviews and looking at some independant offerings from Sigma or Tamron for example.
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    I just picked up a used F80 and it's a real pleasure to shoot with. Funny though, I was told by one dealer that the model had been discontinued. I checked with Nikon Canada and they have confirmed that it has been discontinued and that the replacement is the F75.

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    I have an F100 as my main body and an F80 as a backup. The one thing I would advise is that with the F80 you add the MB-16 battery pack unless you have small hands. The AA lithium batteries (or any AA's in an emergency) is quite useful as is the additional weight which lowers it's center of gravity which for me improves it's feel and usability.

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    You sure? That seems REALLY odd. The N80 is a pretty new body. I was under the impression that it replaced the N90s.

    The N75 doesn't seem like it is much of camera in comparison. It has more metering spots, but no mention of DOF preview, or much in the way of manual control options.

    And I could find no other mention of a discontinuation.

    Of course the WEIRD thing is that the D70 uses the N80 body. As does the D100. The N75 seems to be ab it different.
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    I'm sure. I thought it was REALLY odd as well but here is the reply I got from Nikon Canada.

    "Response (Jorge) 07/27/2004 11:09 AM
    Dear John,

    Thank you for your request for more information on F80. Nikon Canada Inc. appreciates your business.

    Yes the camera has been discontinued. The F75 has replaced it. "

    It was Black's Cameras that initially told me they no longer stocked it as the model had been discontinued.

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