Kind of funny how quickly the bloom goes off the rose, isn't it? It wasn't so very long ago that photographers were tripping over each other to get to the new Nikon D80. And now, in the Great Sell Off preceding the Next Big Thing, you can get a D80 for virtually an entry-level price—$595.92, to be exact.
Seems like a steal. The D80 still strikes me as being a really nice camera. Not world-leading, nothing earth-shaking, but: plenty o' megapixels, good viewfinder, crisp responsiveness. Excellent pictures. Fun to use. Add this lens for basic VR (a.k.a. IS), this one as a nice walkaround normal prime (yeah, yeah, I know it doesn't "test out," but hold your cards 'n' letters, it's a nice lens), or this one for an all-purpose zoom with great technical image quality. The D80 just feels good—good size, good weight, good "grippability," good ergonomics. As legions of owners will attest, it's pleasant to use and takes great pictures. And it's cheap right now. Till they're gone.
P.S. And don't forget the Nikon D200, for that matter. Only $850 off its new price. That's off.
UPSHOT: Well, nobody bought a D80 (or lens, or D200) as a result of this post, but hey, at least I'm tryin' to look after your wallet for ya. One of us has to try to be sensible, after all. ;-) —MJ