After several (around 8) years, I am pretty much retiring my Nikon D80 with its 18-135mm DX kit lens due to a new arrival on its way in the form of a Nikon D750 FX camera
The D80 was my first DSLR and I purchased it back in 2006 when they came out on a recommendation from one of my friends.
It was a hard slog at first, damn it took me quite some time to get use to it and even then I never really used her in Manual mode so I never really got the best out of what is actually a really nice DSLR (if a little dated now).
Its 10 mexapixels are nothing compared to todays modern phones (yet if anyone says a modern phone will produce a better picture than the D80, I will continue to laugh at them, it may not have the megapixels but by god it does have a better sensor), and its 24mp replacement 2 years ago which is now going to end up being my backup camera (Nikon D7100, excellent bit of kit
) really got me into playing with manual settings much more and pointed to the weaker aspects of the D80 (low light being the most obvious one as well as the 10mp v 24mp).
Still, I dont think its the end of the line for the old girl, the D80 will be confined to another bag and leave my main rucksack to the D7100 & D750 and a few lenses (plus spare battery etc), and considering the kit lens isnt the greatest, it can still produce some decent pictures.
It has been a nice journey into the world of digital SLR's with the Nikon, I may have a plan in the future for the D80 but for now she will just rest in another camera bag and gather a bit of dust (considering its not worth much anymore which is a shame, she may well get used by some other people, we shall see), its a great starter camera (or the D90) if anyone wants to take up photography (though the 3000 series is more user friendly with its built in guide).
A few pictures from last week when the sun was out, showing the old girl still has a few snaps in her yet (JPEG and uncorrected/cropped).
First 2 are hand held and amazingly not bad for a none VR lens shooting around 1/10.