Nikon d40 vs Olympus E-410

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  1. geekling

    geekling TPF Noob!

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    A while back, I posted a request for help about getting a good priced camera for my girlfriend as she starts her graphic design degree. You guys helped me out allot with the Nikon d40. Now that I have saved up the cash to get it, another offer has presented itself. I have been talking to a guy that is selling his Olympus E-410 for $450. What are your thoughts on this? I know very little about photography in general so I don't know if this is a good deal or not. If there is not a big difference, I guess I would prefer to go with the d40 because I like hardware that comes with a warranty (though the guy claims it is like new). Anything helps!
     
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    I'm not aware of anything wrong with any of the Olympus line, they have a very dedicated following, BUT it may not be the ideal camera for you if you want to do a lot of wide angle work; they use a 4/3 format with a 2x crop factor vice the (aprox) 1.5x of the D40, so a "standard" 28mm wide-angle lens will have an effective focal length of 42mm on the D40, but 56mm on the Olympus. If on the other hand, you're doing a lot of telephoto work, then it may well be the ideal camera for just that reason.
     
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    Considering that the E-410 goes for about $400 at Amazon with two lenses, forget whatever "deal" this guy is offering you. If you're going to get the E-410, you might as well buy it brand new for less and get a warranty with it.

    My (limited) experience with Olympus has steered me away from it. Tiny sensor, tiny viewfinder, electronic focus ring, no thanks.

    The D40 with a kit lens is hovering around $400 as well. I would go for that.
     
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    I've read reviews on both, and there's more to it than the name and such. There are things to consider such as the D40 can take only certain lenses; the 410 handles more. More 'menu' features, too, as (going from my not so good memory) the D40 can't do auto bracketing, the 410 can, and stuff like that. It's a tough choice, really. Read some reviews and list all the features of each, and do the old process of elimination.
     
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    It should be clarified that the D40 accepts and can take photos with any Nikon lens made within the last 50 years (since 1959). It's a question of what features will be available. The main thing is that the D40 will only autofocus with AF-S and AF-I lenses (of which there are plenty). It will only meter with non AF-S/AF-I lenses that have a CPU, and it can be used in manual mode (with no exposure meter) using manual focus lenses.
     
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    Thanks for the backup, epp_b :) -- My mind was on 'auto.' I haven't run into too many folks (if any) who are buying a new digital camera who want to go right into doing things manually so I didn't think to mention it. I was just thinking of fully functional / auto lenses. Thanks for clarifying. :)
     

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