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D40 taking its last stand

Well I was at work yesterday doing a shoot for the GAs (graduate assistants) at my school's recreation center (I do all the photos for VSU's Rec sports http://www.flickr.com/photos/vsu_recreation)

Anyways so yesterday at work my camera took a serious firmware plunge, worse than ever before. For the past almost two years every now and again my camera would freak out and think it is in auto mode while in M or A, randomly the built in flash will pop up even if a hotshoe flash is attached... yesterday however it was far worse than ever before, typically an off and back on would get it back to working semi normal, this wasn't the case. It took much longer and the flashes wouldn't cooperate and everything was failing on the spot, while everyone had to get back to work.

It is really funny to read about photography bloggers about.. oh you don't need such and such equipment, you don't really need a semi pro camera you don't even need an slr you don't need this you don't need that. Which as far as I have come in the world of photography.. the more equipment the better of everything. A normal person would NEVER go out and spend $2000 on a lens just to get some jollies out of it. I have used my D40 harder than any photographer I have personally met, it has been in situations bottom of the line cameras are never thought of to be in. Severe cold, heat, rain, constant switching and swapping of parts and always on the job, especially at work.

The D40 was made for a consumer to have an affordable dSLR. Within a month of owning it I had already abused that much of it. 3 years later it has been through so much more than one was ever intended. Amazingly however if you saw the camera you would think nothing of it, physically it is in absolutely mint condition. It has never been dropped or anything, but it has been through some rough times.

The shutter life is still fine on it, it has just passed 40,000 actuations earlier this week, Nikon guarantees up to 50,000, but the internals have just about had enough.

It has done well for the most part, leisurely speaking it has been great. Professionally it gets the job done, but I can't expect to much out of it, which is why I have quit reading many bloggers, especially Ken Rockwell and DPS (digital photography school). A camera is only made to withstand so much. I wouldn't say I abused that line, but I have taken beyond the full potential of the camera no doubt about it.

On a tangent, I hate it when people say something about the true potential of a camera. Especially when the line before that is along the lines of oh you don't need a great camera.... I don't know about them, but I know I do. If I could afford it I would have a D3x and a 200-400 f/4 and other amazing equipment.


Anyways so very soon my old D40 will be replaced with either a D300 or D300s and will make my 40 my backup for whatever reason. Between classes, my current job, and another job I am trying to get, having a camera that fails on you is not a good thing.

Just thought I would share my story!

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Ken Rockwell is an idiot; I read his site when I need a good laugh.

The D40, like all Nikon DSLRs, are good cameras. I've had a couple of D70s for about 5 years now, and they've been flawless. I just picked up a new D90 only because of its better IQ and high-ISO performance. Sold one of the D70s's, but I'm keeping the other.

If you haven't bought the D300/D300s yet (looks like you might have), consider the D90 -- I got mine brand new from Amazon for $750 body-only, which IMHO is a steal, and many people agree that IQ-wise, the D90 and D300/D300s are pretty much identical. Save yourself the $500 difference in price and put that towards even more glass.


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But at the same time the 300s has more autofocus sensors with 3d tracking which is absolutely amazing and makes my life so much easier as far as sports and action shots go which is my job, it has 14 bit raw, it has much more color depth, it's got a lot of small things that will help it over time I think. Also I don't know how fast a 90 focuses, but the 300 is .. ridiculous especially in comparison to the 40, I mean.. literally there is no comparison, the 40, with my fastest and fastest focusing lens the 70-200 it sometimes took probably just over a quarter of a millisecond which is fast, yes, but then taking it up on the 300s especially indoors in the gym.. there was no comparison. It focuses so fast I wasn't even aware it was focusing, that to me was just astonishing.

Anyways I'm happy with it, it's durable which is a huge plus, I didn't pay for it so that was HUUGE plus, I was going to buy it this past summer but all that money went into a tv and my car so :/

oh well, I will be sure to make 100% use out of it some day so I'm not worried!

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[quote author=XCNuse link=topic=178256.msg3774793#msg3774793 date=1282699198]
Also I don't know how fast a 90 focuses, but the 300 is .. ridiculous[/quote]

The D90, at least compared to my D70s, is quite fast with AF. It does depend on which lens you're using, of course, with the AF-S lenses being faster due to the integral ultrasonic motor.

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I didn't pay for it so that was HUUGE plus
Well, then you should have asked for a D700! :P


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