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D40 Newbie w/ a few questions
Hey guys, I'm new to the forums and I'm lovin the site! I am in the process of ordering a D40 and I have a couple quick questions. I wasn't exactly sure which SD card to buy but after searching around here I have pretty much decided on the Sandisk 2GB Extreme III. But again, I wasn't really sure if the D40 can take advantage of the speed on this card or not..

Here is the Newegg link:.

Http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820171258.

The other thing I was unsure about is a good tripod that would work well for a beginner and with the D40. I have no idea what to look for when looking for a tripod. Any help would be appreciated, thank ya! ..

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Crazy51guy wrote:.

The other thing I was unsure about is a good tripod that would workwell for a beginner and with the D40. I have no idea what to lookfor when looking for a tripod. Any help would be appreciated, thankya! .

Buy the best you can afford in a tripod, it will be an investment that last a lifetime. You will be buying both the tripod leg set and a separate head for the leg set. Look for a heavier tripod leg set as your camera will be much more stable. Make sure the leg locks are easy to open yet close and lock securely. If you do a lot of nature shooting, independently adjustable legs make it much easier to get your tripod level on uneven ground. You also need to consider how low the tripod will set up especially if you shoot macros and need to position your camera low to the ground.

You want a solid tripod with enough height that you do not have to extend the center column. The choice of the head is a personal one, for my style in shooting landscape, wildlife and nature, a ball head is best for me. Others prefer the pan/tilt head if you shoot more static subjects such as landscapes and portraits..

Personally, I prefer the Bogen/Manfrotto tripods as they are excellent quality at a reasonable cost. I have the 3021 leg set coupled with a Bogen medium ball head and a quick release plate. The intro-level Bogens meet these criteria and work very well and will set you back about $150 or so. Other manufacturers to consider would be Gitzo, Slik, Benbo and Giotto for good quality yet low cost tripod heads..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #1

I use the Sandisk Ultra II 1 GB and I can get the maximum speed (in fact a bit higher than that) - 2.7 max fps..

So I doubt the Extreme III will be an improvement..

Http://www.flickr.com/photos/thirdfox/ - small photo collection..

Comment #2

Cool, that helps a lot..

I do not normally shoot landscapes but with this camera who knows what ill do. I will mostly be shoot cars so a tripod that has a range of low to high would be a plus. I can see what you mean by heavy or strong material to keep it more stable. With most tripods can you aim up and down/left to right while it is on the tripod?.

Oh, I forgot to mention. The Sandisk Ultra II is $32.99 and the Sandisk Extreme III is $38.39. Seemed to me like it would be worth the an extra $5~..

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Crazy51guy wrote:.

Cool, that helps a lot..

I do not normally shoot landscapes but with this camera who knowswhat ill do. I will mostly be shoot cars so a tripod that has arange of low to high would be a plus. I can see what you mean byheavy or strong material to keep it more stable. With most tripodscan you aim up and down/left to right while it is on the tripod?.

Yes, this is especially easy with a good ball head. The ball head allows you to rotate the camera 360 degrees and 90 degrees up or down. Also, if you get into to shooting motor sports or fast sports action, a good monopod is also useful..

As far as stability goes, my Bogen 3021 weighs about 6 or 7 pounds with the head and that is plenty heavy enough. You also have to consider how much gear you will mount on the head as the tripod heads will have a weight rating as well. Usually though, unless you have some really extremely long telephotos, a tripod head rated at 10 pounds will work for almost everything elase..

JohnPentax *ist-D, K100D, Fuji F20/31fd, Oly Stylushttp://www.pbase.com/jglover..

Comment #4

Awesome. I just looked around and most of them have it listed if they can rotate/swivel, etc. One last question that I just thought of, which lcd screen cover do you guys recommend for the D40 and where can I find it? The screen protector piece.....

Thank you guys so much!!!!..

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