Your confusion John_0812 is well known, accept my sympathies!
But on a lighter note, it's only a camera you choose, may non of your problems ever be any harder than this
Back to your prob: if you already have managed to set aside a budget around 1500EUR, you are certainly going to be very satisfied
with what you can buy for that money. And if you can invest 400EUR more for a D200 body instead of the D80 so be it, but you'll certainly not make better pics with the D200 body. So the question in the end remains: what are the additional features worth for you. And as the law of diminishing returns would suggest, these additional 400EUR will give you not so much satisfaction as the last 400EUR, that will buy you the Nikkor 18-200mm VR over the kit lens.
If you're able to invest 400ER more, why not think about
- a Nikon SB-800 flash (350EUR): much more powerful than the built in one, can be used as a remote slave with gels, to adapt the flash-color to the ambient light, etc.
- a Sigma 10-20mm ultra-wide (if you can find a good-quality copy of this lens - be careful) (480EUR)
- A copy of the CaptureNX software to process your RAW-pics (100EUR)
- A copy of Photomatix HDR-processing software(100EUR)
- A stable tripod and head (200EUR)
I personally consider all these add-ons as more value and fun
than an upgrade from D80 to D200 body.
Plus the sad story that everyone is agreeing upon is, that the body has the shortest lifespan of any of those investments. So don't overdo it in that department...
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