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Newegg combo deal?
Nah, amazon free lens deal
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Many hot pixels alone = failed sensor. Bad news.

Replacing the D80 with anything = Good news.

I had a D80 for about a week when they first came out and didn't like it at all. metering was inconsistent, af was funky. Bit the bullet and bought a D300 and never looked back. In retrospect, I probably should have kept the D80 and had it converted to IR.
I've really liked my D80, it had a few hot pixels when I first got it like maybe two, now there is about 10... makes post-processing a pita.

I have definitely noticed the metering and AF issues. It's not a huge deal if you are aware of the issue but can be annoying at times. I started shooting raw to help compensate for that a little bit. Using CaptureNX2 has helped a quite a bit too.

So you'd suggest a D300 as an upgrade/side-grade? What about the D90, as far as I know it is pretty much the same as my D80. Was hoping to go full-frame on my upgrade but with this sensor on the way out I guess I'll have to keep crop as I have no budget for a FF camera.
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crumpler or lowepro.. will look into those xD

ah they both have.. like iunoe an advanced more complex neck strap? reason why i like the RS straps is cuz its a cross body strap. i dislike neck straps.
Most neck straps are long enough for cross-body carriage. The Crumpler Industry Disgrace is very comfortable for either neck or cross-body.

The Black Rapid straps are nice, but I don't like that they connect to the tripod mount.

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the 70-200/2.8 isnt really tat big nor heavy. you need to start worrying about the mount snapping when you go with a 300/2.8 or bigger prime.

imo rapid straps are hyped up. look into a crumpler or lowepro strap and if you need a dual body harness optech has a pretty cheap and nice one.
I don't think anyone really expects the mount to snap, but the center of gravity is the problem. For example, a 70-200 f/2.8 on a Canon Digital Rebel mounted without a collar will stay on fine, but the tripod can possibly tip forward. 70-200 f/2.8 lenses usually come with a collar for this reason, but the 70-300 lenses don't.

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Yeah, VR tech is pretty amazing.
If I can scrape enough money together to get a 70-200 VRII in the semi-near future I'll be very happy. I've gotten used to shooting sans-VR but it really gets annoying trying to keep the shutter speed above the length of the lens. (200mm=~1/200s, 80mm=~1/80s, etc)

I've been noticing a lot of noise in my photos recently, even when shooting at ISO200. Also many hot pixels(I think there are more than before) Is this the sensor starting to fail on my camera?
Sample shots? It's easy to amplify noise unintentionally, like when you increase the exposure or brightness in post, especially if it's a low light shot.
Also, longer exposures can cause hot pixels due to the extra heat in the sensor.
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Sample shots? It's easy to amplify noise unintentionally, like when you increase the exposure or brightness in post, especially if it's a low light shot.
Also, longer exposures can cause hot pixels due to the extra heat in the sensor.
I don't have any uploaded at the moment, but should have a chance to get some shots up onto my flickr account later.

Most of the shots are day-time shots pretty normal exposures, ~1/200s-1/2000s. I'll see if I can find some decent comparison shots from when the camera was new and see if there is a difference. Maybe I'm just noticing the noise more recently.
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I've really liked my D80, it had a few hot pixels when I first got it like maybe two, now there is about 10... makes post-processing a pita.

I have definitely noticed the metering and AF issues. It's not a huge deal if you are aware of the issue but can be annoying at times. I started shooting raw to help compensate for that a little bit. Using CaptureNX2 has helped a quite a bit too.

So you'd suggest a D300 as an upgrade/side-grade? What about the D90, as far as I know it is pretty much the same as my D80. Was hoping to go full-frame on my upgrade but with this sensor on the way out I guess I'll have to keep crop as I have no budget for a FF camera.
The D90 is a big update. The only thing that's similar to the D80 is the body and controls.

Unless you need the larger, more rugged body of the D300, the D90 would be better. The D90 sensor is (very slightly) better than the D300, and offers video.
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Hmm, does that apply to the D300s as well? According to KR the D90 is the way to go unless I want to go FF and grab the D700.

What kind of prices should I be looking for?(keep in mind I'm in Canada so prices are a bit higher here)
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Hmm, does that apply to the D300s as well? According to KR the D90 is the way to go unless I want to go FF and grab the D700.

What kind of prices should I be looking for?(keep in mind I'm in Canada so prices are a bit higher here)
To a degree. The D90, D300 and D300s all have the same sensor, but different processors. If video has zero weight for you, it would be D90->D300->D300s. If you want to shoot video, then D300->D90->D300s from worst to best.
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To a degree. The D90, D300 and D300s all have the same sensor, but different processors. If video has zero weight for you, it would be D90->D300->D300s. If you want to shoot video, then D300->D90->D300s from worst to best.
Video is kind of crippled on Nikon cameras so it's not a big factor at all. I'd be perfectly fine with my D80 but the hot pixels and noise are very troublesome.

So I guess I'll be looking at the D90. Aren't too many cheap used ones for sale, most are around $600-800 and new ones are $800. I was hoping to get a deal. I might look for another D80 that I can grab since they are going for about half that.

Also: +imaginary rep to the helpful mods.
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Try looking around for refurbs. Nikon is generally pretty good with them, as I've found with all of my current gear.

EDIT: Decided to go ahead and upgrade to a Pro Flickr account.
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I don't think anyone really expects the mount to snap, but the center of gravity is the problem. For example, a 70-200 f/2.8 on a Canon Digital Rebel mounted without a collar will stay on fine, but the tripod can possibly tip forward. 70-200 f/2.8 lenses usually come with a collar for this reason, but the 70-300 lenses don't.
i knwo, like i said the 70-200/2.8 isnt tat heavy of a lens. but if you say had a 200/1.8 or 400/2.8 there might be a problem with teh mount snapping.
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i7-2630QM XPS L502 Geforce GT525M 1GB 6gb 
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