Depends on whether you want to get into the Nikon or Canon systems. The D80 is the better body, and I bought into the Nikon system a long time ago, so I would buy that, but Canon's size and greater resources allow for better technology a step ahead of Nikon. Between the lenses, the overall lineups are similar, some good and some bad. Try them out and see which you are more comofrtable with. I could never get used to Canons, other can never feel at home with Nikon.