the FINAL verdict!

yes, Nikon-ians, it’s NIKON = 1, CANON = 0
The final verdict came in circa 5pm today … no, no, the D80s have still not reached the shelves of all the photo stores in KL today but after much pestering, the shop decided to indulge Reza and drove to Nikon Malaysia to grab one D80 body for me. The cardboard box was a bit messed up, but it worked to my advantage – knocked some ringgits off it.

Given that it was a “body only” deal, hee hee hee, I had a sea of lenses to choose from. Well, not quite but with endless of phone calls that must have sounded puzzling to my colleague:
(spa“18-200… Nikkor. Got VR rite?”
(Spa“what about Sigma?”
(spa” Tamron”
(spa“the kit lense? 18-135? or 18-70?”
(spa“get 18-70 and 70-200”
(spa“how heavy?”
(spa“how much?”
(spa“Nikon? Sigma?” …
(Spa“gimme 10 minutes”
… I finally decided to try out the one-lense-fits-all
(my travel relatively light and practical ideology, remember?)

So, this is it. Nikon D80 and the versatile AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED with the following major features (the ‘glass’, not the ‘body’):
  • broad 18-200mm focal range (11.1x zoom) for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300 mm lens in 35mm format)
  • VR II system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster
  • Two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast
  • Incorporates a compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing
  • Delivers high-level optical performance that is specially designed for use with the Nikon digital SLRs
  • Employs a seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements
  • Enables focusing from as close as 50cm (20 in.) from the subject through its entire focal range
  • M/A mode for rapid switching between autofocus and manual focus operation
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design enables use of circular polarizing filters
  • High-grade Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and flare
  • Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-35 (provided) greatly reduces stray light
Oh, just so you know, the investment in the camera is much higher than total return trip to Delhi – Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur – Jodhpur traveling by MAS economy class (peak season), 2AC coaches and 3-star / heritage hotels.

2 thoughts on “the FINAL verdict!

  1. m almost gonna get a canon compact very soon…lol. love photography to the max, but hate to play with features… jaiselmer????? aiyah. i wanan know more abt the hotels when u r home. hv fun!!

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