Hello all, currently I'm an enthusiastic 'point and shooter' and would now like to graduate to a DSLR.
Initially I thought I'd get a Canon 400D, simple.
Since then (about 6 weeks ago) I've ploughed through 2 books, about 20 magazines and a similar amount of websites and things just aren't that straight forward anymore (or cheap, sob!)
I've found the video tours here really helpful. Other sites offer longer and I expect more in depth reviews but to a novice like me they make incredibly dry reading and I often find myself skimming over what they say. The videos are like going down to Jessops to have a look without the sales patter and are backed up by a useful amount of impartial info / examples.
Thanks in no small part to this website I'm now leaning towards a Nikon D80 or 200 (suprise!
) The difference in price bewteen the two in the UK is about £325.
My first question is, does the more rugged body of the D200 mainly account for the price differential or does it deliver a supierior end product? I'm aware of the (what seem to me as a beginner, fairly slight??) specification differences. Although the metal body would be nice, if I'm honest, I could probably live without it. I could then put that £325 towards a better or even an extra lens. That said, a year or two down the line I don't want to regret not getting the right body.
Secondly, can anyone tell me where I can find an explanation of Nikon lens nomenclature? I find the initials in their names very confusing, apart now from the ones detailed in the Nikon kit lens group test. I found it particularly interesting that although all the lenses in that test were 'DX' their build quality seemed to vary a lot. For instance, is there a clue in the name of the lens whether it has a plastic or metal mount? Or is the only clue in the price?!
Thanks in advance for any input on this...
BTW, the reason (ok, excuse!) for buying a camera now is to record a year long trip to Spain I have planned for next year. So i expect plenty of land/cityscapes, fiestas, portraits of the people I meet, the odd sporting event, etc, etc.