Just fooling around with my kit lens (18-55mm), trying to "understand exposure," I aimed the camera at a 60 watt light bulb. I was in no-flash auto mode, which produced these readings: Shutter 1/640, Aperture f13, ISO 200. The lens was less than a foot away from a burning 60 watt lightbulb, but the picture is extremely dark. I tried several modes...Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority etc. etc. and, unless I use the flash, or crank the ISO up to 1600 or HI 1, it's still pretty dark. I don't understand why it is not blown out. If I use the flash, it comes out perfect. Is the camera overcompensating, or did it pick too small an aperture?? OR is this just a limitation of a "kit lens?" W. T. F.??? (BTW, I have "Understanding Exposure" on order.) I have always been led to believe that any photographer worth his or her respective salt doesn't need a flash unless they are in a completely light proof room--and ONLY if there isn't a match or cigarette lighter available. BTW...it's a D40 camera.