I'm shooting on a Nikon D80. I bought it from a man in Florida, who apparently took very good care of it. The only sign that I wasn't the first person to take it out of its box was some faintly visible circles where the tripod mount was tightened against the bottom of the body. One of the biggest reasons I went with an older D80 as opposed to a more modern D3000 or D5000 from Nikon was because the D80's larger frame feels better in-hand, and the buttons and controls don't seem as crowded together as they do on the more compact models.
Or the first lens, anyway.
It's a Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8-4 DC OS HSM, a standard range zoom comparable to the starter lens often paired with a body in a beginner kit, with a few slight upgrades, including a somewhat larger max aperture, image stabilization, and internal zooming and focusing. I got the lens new, so the condition is obviously mint. It seems very well made, with a metal mount and easy-to-operate zoom and focus rings.
I won't be reviewing photography kit here at Dharma of the Drift, or rather, I won't review technical kit. There's plenty of places on the internet that do a better job of it than I could ever hope to, so I'll leave matters of falloff, chromatic aberration, and barrel distortion between you and Google. I may, occasionally, review a piece of peripheral kit like a bag, strap, or hood...or maybe something tangentially related to photography, such as a pair of gloves for photographers (hint, hint), or a book, or website. But don't come here expecting benchmark images for the newest Nikkor glass. It just isn't going to happen.
Last weekend, I went out with the hopes of doing some fishing and some photography. As it happened, the streams were blown out, so the fishing never happened. Instead, I gave the camera the first good workout it's had in the godless north. Here's the shots that made the cut.
NOTE: Since I will be posting a lot of photos, I think it's best if I just post a few of my favorites, then link you to the album where the rest of the shots are located.
So without further ado, here's the results: