Another Stupid Question
I just got a Nikon D40 hours ago and seriously never used a camera more than point and shoot on auto. This is my first SLR and I got it from Costco with 2 lenses a 18-55mm lens and a 55-200mm VR lens..

I put it on auto and it I am guessing the camera figures how what you are focusing on and zooms into focus..

All my other cameras had a button to zoom in and zoom out, does the Nikon D40 work the same way or does the camera do that all for you when it is in auto?.

Would you have to turn it to manual to do it yourself? For example if I was taking pictures at a baseball game and wanted to zoom in on a certain person or object 30 feet away, would the camera know that and zoom in and far as it could?.

Funny thing is I am asian and my friends think I should already know about this stuff..

Thanks for bearing with my stupid question...

Comments (8)

You can put the camera on Auto and it will do everything but zoom. You must manually zoom the lens..

You can also pick from various styles instead of Auto..

Here's a pretty good user guide for the D40..


Comment #1

Did your camera come with a manual? If not you can download it from the Nikon website..

P&S cameras have motorized zoom..

DSLRs have a zoom ring on the lens that you turn to zoom in and out. It is faster and more precise than motorized zooms..

Cradle the lens in your left hand, palm up and your hand will naturally hold the zoom ring. Use your right hand to control the camera and press the shutter.BruceMcK

Comment #2

So if you have it on can zoom manually by turning the lens and when you push the shutter down half way it will focus?.

I was just making sure, cause I didnt want to break it in the first hours of getting

Comment #3

Dabruins07 wrote:.

So if you have it on can zoom manually by turning the lensand when you push the shutter down half way it will focus?.

I was just making sure, cause I didnt want to break it in the firsthours of getting

LOL.. I don't blame you..

You're absolutely correct..

One more thing. Don't open the flash by pulling up on it. Press the little button on the side or let it come up automatically when it needs to in auto mode. Pulling it up manually eventually breaks it...

Comment #4

Im not a manual kind of guy when I first get something....but I did go out to borders and buy the Nikon D40 / D40X specific book that everyone was recommending..

But I took it out to the softball game tonight and didnt know what I was doing...this site is the best though, since everyone is so helpful..

Comment #5

First time I turned it on was in my room, so it just popped up. That is probably the coolest feature of the camera...

Comment #6

The D40 is a great camera, and both lenses are very sharp. You'll have a lot of fun with it. It's so light and comfortable that it's almost invisable... so easy to just grab and go..

I gave one to my gal for Christmas this year and until I set the menus 3 months later, it just worked for her automatically right out of the box...

Comment #7

I dont have the the same camers but I am also very new to digital slr photographyI have my camera for about a week and a half. when I first got it put it on auto and took the best pictures I have ever taken of my sons soccer game.Also I am into Motocross and took incredable shots , you can see the dirt flying off the tires. Not like a point and shoot, each individual clumps of dirt. Very cool. Cant wait til I actually know what I am doing...

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