OK, now I'm confused.
First off, every piece of dive gear I own seems to be on the fritz. My Fuji E900 started mis-focusing and now way over-exposing, so back for warranty repair - at least there's a place in town, but they are a month backed up, hopefully will get back before my next long-weekend trip up to Canada in Oct.
My drysuit suddenly sprang a leak in the arm, I'm hoping it's only the valve. And my regs are due for servicing.
Then my Oceanic dive computer died. Tried 2 new batteries to no avail. It's 6 years old and has like 450 dives on it, but the guys at UW Sports are sending it back and will see what they can do about getting me a refurb or something. Needless to say that has a big part of my camera budget tied up.
What the heck did I do??
OK, when in doubt go to the camera store.
They got their xTi's in as well as having a D80 demo. So I could sort of A-B them.
There's a lot to like in both. The D80 viewfinder is just huge, a nod to build-quality. It's bigger and heavier, didn't think 1/2 a pound would matter. On second try the D80's grip isn't that much bigger than my hand, although the xTi is almost a bit too small; it feels better because of it's size and weight. I also liked the top display on the D80, very nice if you were to have it mounted on a tripod. The zoom/pan control on shot images is very easy to use.
Nods to the xTi for 3 user modes, very useful UW, and I liked it's display better, although both are pretty damn nice coming from the itsy-bitsy Fuji. The xTi's viewfinder is pretty nice really, and for some reason seemed brighter, but that could be the difference in lenses.
Wow, tough choices, but until I see what's happening on my dive computer, I'm going to have to keep drooling.
Camera-less in Seattle,