Different Lens for Nikon D40

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Calavera, Jan 9, 2008.

  1. Calavera

    Calavera TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Fairfield, California
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Hello, I am new to this forum and new to Digital photography. Although I have knowledge of Film SLR, i am completely "in the dark" with Digital SLR and have a few questions. I received a Nikon D40 for christmas and I absolutely love it so far. However, I feel a bit limited shooting with just the stock AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm lens. My main area of interest is shooting nature photos as well as photos of my reptiles. I find that with the 18-55mm lens, I am able to get some great macro shots, which emphasize the color and texture of my chameleons scalation. However, I would also like to own a lens that allows me to get some decent ranged shots; for example, I wold like to be able to take pictures of wildlife in their natural state. What type of Lens would you recommend for this approach? From what I am aware, Nikon's D40 series lacks an internal motor, which limits it to only lenses with built-in internal motors? This means that my D40 is only compatible with AF-s type lenses, correct? If this is true, what type of lenses am I limited to with this type of DSLR? Thanks so much for your help!:hail:

    -Cala-
     
  2. Sideburns

    Sideburns TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2007
    Messages:
    2,796
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Windsor, Ontario
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You can get ANY Nikon AF-S lenses...or technically, AF-i lenses as well.

    You could even get other lenses from Nikon, but you just can't autofocus.

    You probably want something like a 300mm. Give us a budget.
     
  3. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2003
    Messages:
    33,817
    Likes Received:
    1,811
    Location:
    Edmonton
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Please don't post your questions twice.

    The D40 does not have an internal focus motor (like most all other Nikon SLR cameras)...so you need lenses that have their own motors...but that's only if you want to have autofocus. I'm fairly sure that you can mount other types of Nikon (or compatible) lenses on the camera and just focus them manually.

    For shooting wildlife, you might want a telephoto lens (long focal length). There are plenty to choose from and the price range goes from >$200 to well over $8000....so what's your budget?
     
  4. osirus

    osirus TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    3
    I have the sigma 70-300mm f 4-5.6 apo dg w macro lens.

    it may be good for what you need, i think it will work the the d40, but you will need to doublecheck ( i have d 50)

    they got for about $250-$300 in stores, but i got it new off ebay for $170

    sample pics
    300mm

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    300mm macro mode

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  5. Calavera

    Calavera TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Fairfield, California
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Yeah, sorry for posting twice. I originally posted in the digital forum and then decided that this was a better place. I didn't know how to delete the old post. I am thinking my budget is probably around 300 dollars at the moment.

    -Cala-
     
  6. Wilson1990

    Wilson1990 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2007
    Messages:
    96
    Likes Received:
    0
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    The Sigma 70-300mm doesn't autofocus on the D40, my girlfriend has that lens and i tried it on mine.
     
  7. osirus

    osirus TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Messages:
    310
    Likes Received:
    3
    really?

    oh, well nvm then. lol :p
     
  8. Sw1tchFX

    Sw1tchFX TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    May 3, 2006
    Messages:
    7,500
    Likes Received:
    478
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Get a Nikkor 70-300 VR, It will AF on the D40 and it'd be for the better anyway.
     
  9. Calavera

    Calavera TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Messages:
    13
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Fairfield, California
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    I assume the Sigma 70-300mm DL autofocus zoom lens will not work either? I found one for 100 bucks and was just wondering if it would be worth purchasing for my D40?

    -Cala-
     
  10. Helen B

    Helen B TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2007
    Messages:
    3,296
    Likes Received:
    465
    Location:
    Hell's Kitchen, New York
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    Sigma HSM lenses are the equivalent of the AF-S Nikkors, and they will autofocus on the D40/D40x. I have the 30 mm f/1.4 HSM Sigma and it works quite well on my D40x.

    Best,
    Helen
     
  11. Mav

    Mav TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Jan 1, 2008
    Messages:
    1,457
    Likes Received:
    2
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos OK to edit
    You could try the Nikon 55-200 VR for about $200, but for wildlife I suspect you'll want at least a 300mm. For that, the 70-300 VR is the best thing out there that will autofocus on the D40 and it's $500. I just got one of these for Christmas and it's definitely a great lens, but haven't had a chance to shoot much with it yet besides indoor portraits.
     
  12. Felix 222

    Felix 222 TPF Noob!

    Joined:
    Aug 29, 2007
    Messages:
    165
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    San Jose, Ca
    Can others edit my Photos:
    Photos NOT OK to edit
    i purchased the [SIZE=-1]NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED for a good all around lens and absolutely love it, however, i'm unsure if it will meet your needs due to it's 200mm limit. [/SIZE]
     

Share This Page

Search tags for this page

different lenses for nikon d40