Rickard Nilsson wrote:
I havent decided yet, the 40D body just feels fantastic in my hands but where do I go from there. I mean if i buy the D80 and really find myself loving this hobby I could always bring my Nikon lenses to a D300 body sometime in the future. If I buy the 40D there's only full frame bodys left to wich I can't bring my old lenses.
You mentioned that the "40D body just feels fantastic in my hands" and, in an earlier post that "the downside about the 40D is that I can't afford a really good lens initially". That early post was made before the latest Canon cashback offer. Has the Canon promotion influenced you in any way?
I am not sure I agree with your logic that buying a D80 means you have the option of buying a D200 or D300 later. That buying sequence would work out more costly than going straight to a D200 or an EOS 40D. However, if you are dipping your toe into the DSLR world and don't want to spend too much in case you find it isn't for you the D80 might well be the way to go.
That said, if you really like the feel of the 40D then have you checked out the earlier 30D which Gordon reviewed here
? You might find that the feel of this semi-pro model appeals in much the same way as the 40D. OK, it lacks a few of the bells and whistles of the latest model but it is still a very fine camera and (in the UK at least) the body is only around 10% more expensive than the Nikon D80. The 30D might give you a bit more breathing room than the 40D to select a better lens.
If your body choice ended up between the D80 and the 30D then you can perhaps think more on whether the Canon or the Nikon lens and accessory system is more to your taste.
I hope this post hasn't confused the issue further!