New to photography - Nikon D40?

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  1. JNGUYEN

    JNGUYEN TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys, I'm new to photography, and I'm planning to pick up a Nikon D40 tomorrow. Just wondering, is there better cameras out there for the price range of a D40? What are the pros and cons of a D40? Will the D40 be easy to use for a beginnner? I just want to make sure I make the right decision for my first DSLR camera.

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    Lacks an AF motor built into the body. That is the biggest thing.
     
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    I do not own a Nikon D40, but FWIW, DCRP has it listed as the best camera in the $400-$650 price range.
     
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    I have the D40, and aside from the aforementioned lack of a focus motor built into the body, it's a fantastic camera for the price. I love mine. It's quick, small, easy to use, very flexible, lots of options, lots of expandability. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it.
     
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    But for the price? Didn't think there were any other cameras being produced for that price anymore. (disregarding film....)
     
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    A fellow teacher recently purchased a D60 with kit lens for just under $600, but I can't remember from where. I'll try and remember to ask her.
     
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    Canon 20D or 30D
    Nikon D50, D70, or D80?

    Used or new.
     
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    For the price: sure if you want to go used and forgo any warranty. If you don't mind buying used then look at the alternatives, but if you must buy new it is a solid camera.
     
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    The D70 can be bought used for about the cost of a used d40, many would claim it's a better camera (focus motor and better ergonomics/controls).
     
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    The D40 is kinda "meh", but it's a fine camera for the price. I'd recommend trying to find a used D70S instead... D80 if you can find one at that price, but I tend to doubt it. Search the forums ... there are endless threads about this.
     

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