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Picked up a new DSLR camera

I've been reading a bunch of reviews and just settled on a nikon D40x. Should be here before friday
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nice camera

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That is a very nice rig.




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I got it from buydig.com for $697 shipped with a 1gb card. I found the place on pricegrabber
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is that the kit with the lens or just the body?



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At that price it should be the Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm II lens.

Should have gone for the regular D40 for less money, but you'll be happy with it regardless. It's a great camera, I love mine.

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yup that's the lens I have. I was going to go with the D40 but I wanted the higher resolution. I'll probably pick up a 70-300 later down the road. There's no chance a lense from my N70 would work on this is there? I don't know much about actual photography but I love taking pictures. Expect a lot more questions from me once I have the camera
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yup that's the lens I have. I was going to go with the D40 but I wanted the higher resolution. I'll probably pick up a 70-300 later down the road. There's no chance a lense from my N70 would work on this is there? I don't know much about actual photography but I love taking pictures. Expect a lot more questions from me once I have the camera
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yup that's the lens I have. I was going to go with the D40 but I wanted the higher resolution. I'll probably pick up a 70-300 later down the road. There's no chance a lense from my N70 would work on this is there? I don't know much about actual photography but I love taking pictures. Expect a lot more questions from me once I have the camera
D40(x) can only use certain lenses. Has to be AF-S or AF-I. for autofocus to work.
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I was going to go with the D40 but I wanted the higher resolution.
That's precisely why the D40 is a better value, the bump up from 6MP to 10MP in D40x is pretty much useless. You can easily print excellent 8x10 and larger shots with 6MP pics, and the added detail of a 10MP sensor is barely going to be visible. You have to get near 24MP (6*4) and higher before a discernible difference is seen, so basically you're looking at just eating up more storage space with larger JPEG files.

Take some time and read this if you haven't already:
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40...uide/index.htm

Warning, although there is a lot of good info there, Ken can be pretty opinionated about what he likes/dislikes. My recommendation is to NOT change the out of the box settings on the camera that he says, as I found in doing that I didn't like the pics as much. He likes his colors to be a little over dramatic, so I'd suggest leaving everything default and start to make your own adjustments as you learn.

That said, you should definitely adjust the exposure compensation like he talks about, (unless they fixed that in the D40x, which I haven't heard anything about) as my D40 over-exposes pictures like a bitch. This is the main reason you want to learn to shoot in the P,S,A,M modes as soon as possible, as you can't override any of these settings when using full Auto mode, and all your pics will look too bright. Kicking it to -0.7 will give much better results.

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Whereas I like to crank my color settings up for a more dramatic touch. All depends on the type of camera, Shadrach doesnt need to crank his up as his colors come out perfect, my canon likes a little saturation bump, has it can come out a little bland without it.




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also too more important is it is using the same sensor correct? so the boosted pixel rate wont mean nothing really, but a larger limited to the sensor quality image. i believe



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The D40x uses the 10MP sensor from the D80, but still has the D40-based image processor.

All-in-all it's just splitting hairs. That why I say buy the cheaper body and put the saved money towards a lens, bag, memory card, etc.

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The D40x uses the 10MP sensor from the D80, but still has the D40-based image processor.

All-in-all it's just splitting hairs. That why I say buy the cheaper body and put the saved money towards a lens, bag, memory card, etc.
ahh, didn't know that.

i agree with ya then.

in the end it all comes down to how much money you want to spend for the quality.

thankfully the prices for these types of cameras have came way down in the last few years.



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Hopefully the D40x coming out will promt Nikon to update their lens lineup.

I'm hoping for a 50mm f/1.4 AF-S and 85mm f/1.4 AV-S VR to come out before the end of the year.

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Hopefully the D40x coming out will promt Nikon to update their lens lineup.

I'm hoping for a 50mm f/1.4 AF-S and 85mm f/1.4 AV-S VR to come out before the end of the year.
Be prepared for a looooooooooooooong wait. Nikon isnt known for being prompt with lens productions. Right now MANY nikkor lenses are backordered. Hell even the D200 is out of stock in many areas.

Wish I would had stuck with canon. But at the time, the eos rebel was the one in the same price range at my D70 and the 10D was $1400+ and the D70 was the better camera of the 2. The 300D (eos rebel digital) just didnt fit my hands, buttons to small and didnt have what I was needing for my uses.
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Nice! Lets see some shots!
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yup that's the lens I have. I was going to go with the D40 but I wanted the higher resolution. I'll probably pick up a 70-300 later down the road. There's no chance a lense from my N70 would work on this is there? I don't know much about actual photography but I love taking pictures. Expect a lot more questions from me once I have the camera
Here's a good resource for these questions (mods, sorry for linking here so much, but they got good info, lemme know if it's not ok) :

http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00Lj2V
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Be prepared for a looooooooooooooong wait. Nikon isnt known for being prompt with lens productions. Right now MANY nikkor lenses are backordered. Hell even the D200 is out of stock in many areas.

Wish I would had stuck with canon. But at the time, the eos rebel was the one in the same price range at my D70 and the 10D was $1400+ and the D70 was the better camera of the 2. The 300D (eos rebel digital) just didnt fit my hands, buttons to small and didnt have what I was needing for my uses.
True, but Nikon also has 21 years of AF lenses that are all compatable with the D50 and up Nikon D-SLR body. There are plenty of lenses out there to choose from, many of which are beyond fantastic.

I'd just like them to update the lineup a bit. Except for selling my 17-55DX to fund my SV, I have a very complete lens lineup for general shooting (IE no specialized LOOOONG $5500+ lenses).

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Be prepared for a looooooooooooooong wait. Nikon isnt known for being prompt with lens productions. Right now MANY nikkor lenses are backordered. Hell even the D200 is out of stock in many areas.

Wish I would had stuck with canon. But at the time, the eos rebel was the one in the same price range at my D70 and the 10D was $1400+ and the D70 was the better camera of the 2. The 300D (eos rebel digital) just didnt fit my hands, buttons to small and didnt have what I was needing for my uses.
I'm not sure how to look at this situation. Canon has a lot of options, and a lot available. They were in the digital game before Nikon because of their digital video R&D. Nikon is backordered, yes, but is that because of their incompetency to keep up with production? Or because so many more people are actually buying Nikon vs Canon?

I don't know, but there are different points of view...... My
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Good choice... same one I picked up. Only issue I have is that in order for autofocus to work it has to be a DX mount lens. The Quantary 70-300mm works for everything but the autofocus though if you're interested.

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I'm not sure how to look at this situation. Canon has a lot of options, and a lot available. They were in the digital game before Nikon because of their digital video R&D. Nikon is backordered, yes, but is that because of their incompetency to keep up with production? Or because so many more people are actually buying Nikon vs Canon?

I don't know, but there are different points of view...... My
Oh, I'm positive it has a lot to do with Nikon being too old school with their distribution. It's stupid how backasswards they are, but they are revamping it. With dropping MF lenses and almost all film hardware, focusing on D-SLR and lenses, and adding more factory space in Taiwan...they are still ramping up production...they just need to get this distribution issue nailed down.

Add to that, they are out selling Canon in *some* areas. I don't have the stats in front of me to quote, and it was *not* across the board, but Nikon is outselling Canon in some areas.

Not turning this into a Nikon vs Canon debate. Each has their own strengths and weaknesses. As long as you can turn out the images you want, who cares what the name brand is on the hardware.

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