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Well...I'm back into SLRs

Well after years of point and shoot, I have decided that in the next few years I'll be traveling to some pretty exotic locales and the Nikon CoolPix 4200 was showing its age. I have always owned SLR Cannons or Nikons and after much reading and question asking I decided on the Nikon D40...Wolfcamera.com had a deal on a D40 package, with the standard lens the F3.5 18-55 mm and the 55-200 mm Nikor lens and a gadget bag and other dodas for $549.00 which included shipping and tax. I couldn't find better deal. So I might start in on the picture contests we have.

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I got my D40 last week and I love it.
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Good deal, Rick!

Hit me up if you have any questions! I'm not a D40 expert, but I know a little about photographic methods.
I'll most likely be asking a lot of questions. The imaging software is what will really confuse me. It will be very different from film and developing processes that I'm use to.

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hmmm that is a pretty good deal.
Thats what I thought....549 including tax and shipping, for the included lens and the 55-200 lens, I hope Nikor lens still have the same high quality.

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I'll most likely be asking a lot of questions. The imaging software is what will really confuse me. It will be very different from film and developing processes that I'm use to.
A lot of it is very similar actually. It's just instead of using chemicals, it's a few clicks away from processing. If you leave it in JPG mode rather than RAW (assuming the D40 has a RAW mode) then all the processing is done internally. The D40 I understand has a very good "Auto" mode with some of the best internal processing. No worries!

Your thing is going to be framing and focus. The software will be cropping and uploading!

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Thats what I thought....549 including tax and shipping, for the included lens and the 55-200 lens, I hope Nikor lens still have the same high quality.
Nikon "kit" lenses are top of their class. But they are still "kit" lenses. If you really get hooked, you'll find yourself wanting a little more flexability and "faster glass" to capture things the way you want to capture them. The kit lenses are very sharp, but there is more to quality images then sharpness.

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hey, i just went on wolfcamera.com b/c my friend is in the market as well for a DSLR. i didn't see that price for the 2 lenses? i saw it for $799? rick where did you see this deal for $549?

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hey, i just went on wolfcamera.com b/c my friend is in the market as well for a DSLR. i didn't see that price for the 2 lenses? i saw it for $799? rick where did you see this deal for $549?
The deal was for one week....and it ended Saturday...stroke of midnight

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Man that's a sweet deal! nice purchase! my buddy missed out on that one. oh well. hopefully they'll have another deal soon.

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Man that's a sweet deal! nice purchase! my buddy missed out on that one. oh well. hopefully they'll have another deal soon.
Chris if I spot a deal I'll PM you. I'm still looking for additional lenses. I would love to find a nice wide angle or even a fish eye. I'm annoyed that my older lenses will not work on digital stuff

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Chris if I spot a deal I'll PM you. I'm still looking for additional lenses. I would love to find a nice wide angle or even a fish eye. I'm annoyed that my older lenses will not work on digital stuff
How old are your older.... oh, nevermind, you got the D40 a D40 can handle the following lenses:




AF-S DX 12-24mm 4.0G ED-IF

AF-S 17-35mm 2.8D ED-IF

AF-S DX 17-55mm 2.8G ED-IF

AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G

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AF-S DX 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 ED-IF

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AF-S VR 24-120mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF

AF-S DX 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED

AF-S VR 70-200mm 2.8G ED-IF

AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G

AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G

AF-S VR 200mm 2.0G ED-IF

AF-S VR 200-400mm 4.0G ED-IF

AF-S 300mm 4.0D ED-IF

AF-S VR 300mm 2.8 ED-IF

AF-S II 400mm 2.8D ED-IF

AF-S II 500mm 4.0D ED-IF

AF-S II 600mm 4.0D ED-IF


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10-20mm 4-5.6 EX DC HSM

12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM

14mm 2.8 EX

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30mm 1.4 DC

50-500mm 4.0-6.3 EX DG

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150mm 2.8 EX DG MAKRO

180mm 3.5 EX DG MAKRO

300mm 2.8 EX DG APO HSM

300-800mm 5.6 EX DG APO

500mm 4.5 EX DG HSM APO

800mm 5.6 EX DG APO

I think your older lenses will "work" just not the auto-focus, and maybe not the metering. Older lenses work just fine on my equipment
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How old are your older.... oh, nevermind, you got the D40 a D40 can handle the following lenses:




AF-S DX 12-24mm 4.0G ED-IF

AF-S 17-35mm 2.8D ED-IF

AF-S DX 17-55mm 2.8G ED-IF

AF-S DX 18-55mm 3.5-5.6G

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AF-S DX 18-135mm 3.5-5.6 ED-IF

AF-S VR DX 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G IF-ED

AF-S VR 24-120mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF

AF-S DX 55-200mm 4-5.6G ED

AF-S VR 70-200mm 2.8G ED-IF

AF-S VR 70-300mm 4.5-5.6G

AF-S VR 105mm 2.8G

AF-S VR 200mm 2.0G ED-IF

AF-S VR 200-400mm 4.0G ED-IF

AF-S 300mm 4.0D ED-IF

AF-S VR 300mm 2.8 ED-IF

AF-S II 400mm 2.8D ED-IF

AF-S II 500mm 4.0D ED-IF

AF-S II 600mm 4.0D ED-IF


Sigma:

10-20mm 4-5.6 EX DC HSM

12-24mm 4.5-5.6 EX DG HSM

14mm 2.8 EX

17-35mm 2.8-4.0 EX DG

30mm 1.4 DC

50-500mm 4.0-6.3 EX DG

50-150mm 2.8 EX DC HSM

80-200mm 2.8 EX DG Makro

100-300mm 4.0 EX DG

120-300mm 2.8 EX DG

150mm 2.8 EX DG MAKRO

180mm 3.5 EX DG MAKRO

300mm 2.8 EX DG APO HSM

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500mm 4.5 EX DG HSM APO

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I think your older lenses will "work" just not the auto-focus, and maybe not the metering. Older lenses work just fine on my equipment
Bobby my stuff now is almost 30 years old, but if the mounts are the same on the D40, I really don't care if they won't do auto focus, and metering, I have a kick ass meter, or it was 30 years ago. The Sigma 10-20 MM would be kick ass, everyone does telephoto work, I love wide angle and fish eye, do some cool stuff.

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Damn, 30 years?

That's beyond me

Sorry, I have no idea.
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Damn, 30 years?

That's beyond me

Sorry, I have no idea.
Bobby I sold my first print to a Post Card company when I was 14. I have had a B & W set up since I was 10. I use to shoot a lot, then drop everything when the digital stuff came out. I'll have more time and the recent threads have peaked my interest again.

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My wife has an old (not 30 years.. more like 10) Canon film SLR... We tried using her lenses on my 30d... Since it was the same mount and all..
The AF actually worked, but it was PAINFULLY slow. Maybe 1 second to focus vs 1/10sec with my non L glass...

Finding out the history of mount types for Nikon should be easy.. but I would bet even without looking that they have changed mount types in the last 3 decades
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My wife has an old (not 30 years.. more like 10) Canon film SLR... We tried using her lenses on my 30d... Since it was the same mount and all..
The AF actually worked, but it was PAINFULLY slow. Maybe 1 second to focus vs 1/10sec with my non L glass...

Finding out the history of mount types for Nikon should be easy.. but I would bet even without looking that they have changed mount types in the last 3 decades
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If its an F mount it should work. HOWEVER, if the lens is pre-AI, then it will need to be modified to work with the new camera. Mounting a pre-AI lens on a digital SLR will pretty much destroy the camera. So, before you go mounting your old lenses onto the camera, please check what type of lens it is.

Here is a link to let you know what lens you have:

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If its an F mount it should work. HOWEVER, if the lens is pre-AI, then it will need to be modified to work with the new camera. Mounting a pre-AI lens on a digital SLR will pretty much destroy the camera. So, before you go mounting your old lenses onto the camera, please check what type of lens it is.

Here is a link to let you know what lens you have:

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Finding out the history of mount types for Nikon should be easy.. but I would bet even without looking that they have changed mount types in the last 3 decades
Nikons F mount has been around since 1959 (hey what do ya know, its younger than Rick.).

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