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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-14-2011, 07:22 PM Thread Starter
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Starting out; D40x

I have a friend who is into photography and he is getting rid of his old d40x. I have done some research on this camera and it seems kinda solid if you get it for the right price. As far as my photography skills go, I am not very knowledgeable. I have had a few classes when our boy scout troop did photography. Other than that and the internet not much. I have tried to implement what I have learned into my curent camera but just feel as though I am lacking and would like to dive deeper into photography. So, at my skill level, would this be a good camera to get if it's the right price?
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I have a friend who is into photography and he is getting rid of his old d40x. I have done some research on this camera and it seems kinda solid if you get it for the right price. As far as my photography skills go, I am not very knowledgeable. I have had a few classes when our boy scout troop did photography. Other than that and the internet not much. I have tried to implement what I have learned into my curent camera but just feel as though I am lacking and would like to dive deeper into photography. So, at my skill level, would this be a good camera to get if it's the right price?
[/quote]If it comes with a lens or two and you can pick it up for a reasonable price its a great starter! I had a D50 and now have a D3000 the great thing is once you have lenses they can work when u upgrade bodies! Just make sure you like the brand because once you sunk 2-3K into glass there isnt really turning back lol. Nikons are really easy to use, and have some great features, I chose the D50 personally because i read reviews that it was a great starter camera! Best of luck and keep shootin!
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Just fyi to OP, D50 is an older model so no worries, D40x is just fine, I started with a D40 and have progressed far from there. The 40x is pointless in the sense of such high megapixels, file sizes are huge for no reason. Even today the 6mp of the D40 was enough resolution for me. It's an SLR camera, they aren't comparable in sharpness compared to other cameras, but for a low enough price it's a great starting point.

The kit 18-55 is a great lens, sharpest lens available at 35mm @ f/8, and if you can pick up a 55-200 4-5.6 VR then you've got a full beginner's setup, which .. if you're paying over $500 for all of that (D40 with kit lens, and if you pick up a 55-200 VR) then you're paying to much. Kit lens is easily worth under $100 unless it's the VR version, then it's $100, 55-200 VR brand new is now $200 I think, and a D40x isn't worth much over $200 to begin with nowadays, camera is almost 4 years old.

Anyways, just read up on some stuff, shoot in Program mode to begin with, that way you can at least tell it to use the flash or not, and maybe control the ISO, can't remember if ISO is auto in program or not; basically ISO is like film, the higher the number, the more sensitive it is to light, so in darker conditions raise it, but you will notice strange discolorations and also noise.
Then once you progress shoot in A for aperture to adjust the aperture on the lens, which just controls amount of light coming in and the amount of depth. The higher the f-stop number, the smaller the hole, and the more depth of field; the lower the number, the more light comes in, and a smaller depth of field.

As far as figuring out to go with Canon vs Nikon.. I am a Nikon person, however I am shooting video, I do wish I had Canon to shoot video since they shoot at a faster field per second (as opposed to frame per second), BUT.. the HUUUUGE reason I hate Canons is A their focus.. so damn fast you aren't sure what it's focused on and if it is, but primarily, they hurt your hand.. I can't hold a canon for 10 minutes without my hand cramping up. My D40 fits like a glove. The only time I was worried about the 40 was when I had my big lenses (70-200 2.8 .. big) I was worried it may snap the collar off but no damage had been done.

Don't worry much about weather either, my 40 has gone through some pretty awesome storms with people freaking out, it works just fine today no problems.


Oh and number one rule of thumb to remember.. always hold the camera facing downwards when changing lenses; you have less chance of the sensor picking up dust and stuff which is never fun to clean out.

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How much are you getting it for, if I may ask? What is your budget?

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He said he has a 18-55 mm lens to throw in there. He hasn't told me a solid price but he mentioned sub 200ish.
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