Well the fact it will be outdated doesn't bother me. I know that it will be but I still would have all I need with the D200, I know the D80 is a good camera but I would rather have teh D200 body.
I want the D200 because :
1) Stronger body/ weather sealed
2) A great camera with all I need
3) A pretty low price as soon as the D300 comes out, and for what it cost...awesome for what it's capable of.
4)Its what I want
The D80 has :
1)Cheaper and about the same IQ
2)Thats about it.
I know that I will get about the same IQ with a D80 as I would with a D200, and after all IQ is what matters. But I want the D200 for what it has over the D80, the fact that I would spend like $1250 on a D80 with 18-135mm and possibly $1700 on a D200 with 18-70mm, the D80 tempts because I want an upgrade and it has almost everything I need, I think I could even buy the D80 and maybe sometime into next year buy a D200 off amazon or something for about $1400 body alone.
I could and should get a D80 with 18-135mm when I can( like 3 weeks) and after maybe next year (around June) I can get a D300 or possibly a D200 body no problem. I would not be bothered at all that it would be outdated because the IQ is still awesome and really has what I need. So I think I will get the D80. And save my anticipation of a semi-pro camera till when I am 16.haha.since my b-day is on June 29.