Nikon D40 and focusing

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  1. darkpbstar

    darkpbstar TPF Noob!

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    ok, so I see alot about autofocus and manual focus. With the D40 is there an auto focus, especially since I'm new to SLR's, so I can just get used to looking through the viewfinder and taking pics and adjusting the zoom by hand, and eventually as I get better I can possibly go manual? Just curious. Thanks. And also, is it difficult to focus manually? Advantages to focusing manually? Thanks alot
     
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    d40 has both.......
     
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    thank you
     
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    The D40 will only autofocus with lenses that have a built-in AF motor (AF-S lenses from Nikon or HSM lenses from Sigma for example). Focusing manually is possible with all lenses but the viewfinder of a D40 is not really designed for manual focussing: it is fairly small and dim and does not have a split screen.
     
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    Still, don't let that put you off; both Nikon and Sigma make tons of D40-compatible lenses, both starter and more advanced. And if push comes to shove and you have an old Nikon lens somewhere, there is a small green dot at the bottom of the viewfinder that shows the image is focused correctly.
     
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    did you buy the d40 yet?
     
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    The more shallow the DOF, the harder it is to focus correctly. Mainly with lenses with a minimum f-stop of 2.0 or lower.
     
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    I think you have that backwards.
     
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    I did not buy it yet, I'm just trying to find everyting out about it first, so when i get it I'll be prepared.
     
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    True, but it does have a focus confirmation dot indicator to help with manual focusing which works great.
     
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    Right. Haha. When Im in a hurry Ill type anythinmg. Thanks for clearing that up.


    My main point is that its harder to focus when youre at an f-stop of 2.0 or lower.
     

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