Nikon D40 for starters?

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  1. kwonchoba

    kwonchoba TPF Noob!

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    Looking to get into the photography world and saw the Nikon D40. I was just wondering if it is a good all around camara for starters. There is one on sale at my Best Buy for $400 and it comes with a 18-55mm f/3.5 - f/5.6 ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens. Just wanted to know if this would be a good camara for someone who is just starting.
     
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    I've had this camera for 7 months or so. For my uses (casual, family pics for us, etc) it's been great. I can't imagine that I would ever want to do pictures for anyone else with the setup, but it was easy enough to learn with books and some internet research.

    I have since added a SB-600, the 35mm 1.8 and the 55-200 VR to my gear list, and I've not had any limitations in what I'm doing.
     
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    IgsEMT No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    To learn basics the camera is ok. Lens - its a kit lens that will do the job for a long time. Buying at Bestbuy? - that I wouldn't do only b/c they are usually over charging by about 5-15%.
    B&H, Adorama, Focus Camera, KEH are just few stores I'd recommend looking into before BB.
    Good Luck
     
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    Thanks I had no clue not to buy at BB. I am just looking for a good starting camara for taking pic. I go to a lot of car shows and camping and what not and like to take pictures of cars and stuff like that.
     
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    Just be aware that the d40 has no autofocus ability. Nikon does make certain lenses that will autofocus for it, though. Other than that it is a good camera.
     
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    What does the autofocus ability mean.
     
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    It sounds like you should do more research before buying this dSLR.

    No autofocus means the camera won't do it for you.
     
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    yes it will. it just wont autofocus with older lenses. any newer lens will work just fine. just look for af-s on the lens. and best buy can price match most places. just ask them when you go in.
     
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    The D40 is a good place to start but you will quickly grow out of it if you plan to venture more deeply into the world of photography.
     
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    My biggest issue with the D40 is that I shoot constantly at an ISO of 200 and still get more noise than I'd like all the time. Its pretty much made me determined to upgrade very soon.

    ~Tom
     
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    The D40 does fine at 200 and 400 ISO, even 800 ISO is okay.

    Ive been loving my D40 so far and found it to be a great starter camera. Next step up would be the D5000 but you are looking at a lot more money.

    If you would not mind buying refurbished this is a great deal, personally I would shell out the extra $120 and get this.

    http://www.adorama.com/Als/ProductPage/INKD5000RD.html
     
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    Nikon and others make more lenses than you'll likely ever need that will auto focus just fine on the D40.

    Here is a list of them:

    From Wikipedia.org: List of Nikon compatible lenses with integrated autofocus-motor - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Nikon Nikkor: 54 lenses
    Wide-Angle
    Mid-Range
    Super-Zoom
    Telephoto
    Super-Telephoto
    • AF-S 200-400mm 1:4G VR IF-ED
    • AF-I 400mm 1:2.8D IF-ED
    • AF-S 400mm 1:2.8D IF-ED
    • AF-S 400mm 1:2.8D IF-ED II
    • AF-S 400mm 1:2.8G VR IF-ED
    • AF-I 500mm 1:4D IF-ED
    • AF-S 500mm 1:4D IF-ED
    • AF-S 500mm 1:4D IF-ED II
    • AF-S 500mm 1:4G VR IF-ED
    • AF-I 600mm 1:4D IF-ED
    • AF-S 600mm 1:4D IF-ED
    • AF-S 600mm 1:4D IF-ED II
    • AF-S 600mm 1:4G VR IF-ED
    Macro
    Teleconverter
    • AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
    • AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E II
    • AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
    • AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E II
    • AF-I Teleconverter TC-14E
    • AF-I Teleconverter TC-20E
    Nikon notes:
    1. ^ a b c d e f Will only mount original Nikon Nikkor AF-S and AF-I lenses (without modification). Not recommended for use with Nikkor DX lenses.
    Sigma: 46 lenses
    Fisheye
    Wide-Angle
    Mid-Range
    Super-Zoom
    • 18-125mm 1:3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM
    • 18-200mm 1:3.5-6.3 DC
    • 18-200mm 1:3.5-6.3 DC OS
    • 18-200mm 1:3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
    • 18-250mm 1:3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM
    Telephoto
    • 50-150mm 1:2.8 APO EX DC HSM
    • 50-150mm 1:2.8 APO II EX DC HSM
    • 50-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC OS HSM
    • 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 DC HSM
    • 70-200mm 1:2.8 APO EX DG HSM MACRO
    • 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 DG
    • 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 DG MACRO "With Built-in Motor"
    • 70-300mm 1:4.0-5.6 DG APO Macro
    • 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 DG OS
    • 100-300mm 1:4 APO EX DG HSM
    • 120-300mm 1:2.8 APO EX DG HSM
    • 300mm 1:2.8 EX DG APO HSM
    Super-Telephoto
    • 50-500mm 1:4-6.3 APO EX DG HSM
    • 80-400mm 1:4-5.6 EX OS
    • 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 EX DG APO OS
    • 120-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 DG OS APO HSM
    • 150-500mm 1:5-6.3 DG OS APO HSM
    • 300-800 1:5.6 APO EX DG HSM
    • 500mm 1:4.5 EX DG HSM APO
    • 800mm 1:5.6 EX DG APO
    Macro
    Teleconverter
    • TELE CONVERTER APO EX DG 1.4x
    • TELE CONVERTER APO EX DG 2.0x
    Tamron: 14 lenses
    Wide-Angle
    • 10-24mm 1:3.5-4.5 AF Di-II LD
    .
    Mid-Range
    • 17-50mm 1:2.8 SP AF XR Di-II LD Aspherical [IF] (A16NII)
    • 17-50mm 1:2.8 SP AF XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF]
    • 28-75mm 1:2.8 SP AF XR Di LD Aspherical (IF)(A09NII)
    Super-Zoom
    • 18-200mm AF XR Di-II (A14NII)
    • 18-250mm 1:3.5-6.3 AF Di-II LD Aspherical Macro NII
    • 18-270mm 1:3.5-6.3 AF Di-II VC LD Aspherical [IF] Macro
    • 28-300mm 1:3.5-6.3 AF XR Di VC
    Telephoto
    • 70-200mm 1:2.8 AF Di LD MACRO
    • 70-300mm 1:4-5.6 AF Di LD Macro (A17NII, with built-in motor)
    Macro
    • 60mm 1:2 SP AF DiII LD (IF) Macro
    • 90mm 1:2.8 SP AF Di MACRO Model 272E
    Teleconverter
    • Tamron SP Pro 1.4x
    • Tamron SP Pro 2x
    Tokina: 1 lens
    Wide Angle
    • 12-24 1:4 AT-X 124 PRO DX II
    ] Kenko: 9 lenses + 3 lens extension tubes
    Teleconverter
    • Teleplus Pro 300 1.4x
    • Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x
    • Teleplus Pro 300 2x
    • Teleplus Pro 300 DG 2x
    • Teleplus Pro 300 3x
    • Teleplus Pro 300 DG 3x
    • Teleplus MC4 AF DG 2x
    • Teleplus MC7 AF DG 2x
    • Teleplus K1.5 AF DG 1.5x
    Lens extension tube
    • AUTO EXTENSION TUBE SET DG 12, 20 and 36mm
    • EXTENSION RING UNIPLUS TUBE DG 12
    • EXTENSION RING UNIPLUS TUBE DG 25
     

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