I am a complete novice but I am interested in getting intophotography and purchasing a DSLR. My wife and I are about to have ababy in less than 2 weeks and my budget is non-existent. I dohowever have about $720 in Sears gift cards from credit card points.I would like to get a Nikon. Currently the only one they have is theD40. They are out of the D40x. I went to the store to peruse andthe salesman told me that they are getting new cameras on March 5th.He mentioned D70 but I guess he probably meant D60.
In fact, had they had the D40x I probablywould have bought it. My question is this, am I making too much ofthis and should get the D40 and save some gift card dough for futurelenses or baby products, or should I hold out for the D60 knowingthat I will likely have to add from my own money but have a camerawith more possibilities (newer features, newer processor, higher MPto be able to print to poster size if I ever had the need)?.
Thank you all in advance for your help!!.
If you're a complete novice, are you sure you don't want a point & shoot? The Canon A570 IS is about $150..
Nothing wrong with the D40. It's 6 mp while the D40x and D60 are 10mp. Minimal difference for prints up to 16x24..
Other things to consider would be an external flash, a case, and a tripod. The external flash is probably the most important thing a DSLR can use that a p&s can't...
I have a Point and Shoot. I do want to get better pictures and venture into the hobby of photography..
What flash would you recommend?..
Per your subject, the D60 review was not well received and seems like a disappointment in the Nikon DSLR forum. I'd do a little more research and look into the Canon XSi release. Canon also has a more diverse lens selection..
The XT and XTi should be available at reduced prices soon after the XSi is available.Regards,Hank..
I'd get the D40 in a heartbeat. I would get it if it were the same price as the D40x. I don't know about the D60 and nobody else does either as it's not on the market. The D60 pretty much shares the same sensor as the D40x with a better processing engine..
Here's the point, in my opinion, and I own a D40, D80 and D300. I bought the D40 for my gal to use. It's light and fun to use. It's almost intuitive to operate. Because of it's fantastic 6 megepixel sensor it has great dynamic range and I'll trade dynamic range for megapixels anytime. This camera does almost as good as my D300 and better than my D80 in low light situations.
Also a small increase in megapixels does not give you as much increase in resolution as you might think. It's the square of the dimmensions. Furthermore the sensor is the same size as the 10 or even 12 megapixel cameras. The means larger photosites on the six..
Some will poo poo the fast flash sync on the D40 as being a non-advantage, but using it for fill flash it's wonderful. The D40 has a 500 flash sync verses 200 or 250 on the rest. It does this by introducing gating which can cause blooming, but unless you're pointed directly at the sun or something, I'd rather have the higher flash sync..
Overall, I think you'll be totally happy with the D40. Just get it and use the savings for your baby or a other lenses or flash..
One more thing. The D40 is available with the 18-135 kit zoom instead of the 18-55. I love that lens. For a consumer lens, it's tack sharp and a better build than the 18-55, though does cost more..
Get the D40 now and that 18-135 lens as suggested as you won't feel a need to upgrade so soon if you do. It is a very beginner-friendly DSLR. There will always be EBay and trade-ins for that D40 body for if/when you want to take the next step to D?00 or whatever..
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Nikon SB-600. The SB-400 is too limited, and the SB-800 has professional features that don't matter to a beginner..
I have a Point and Shoot. I do want to get better pictures andventure into the hobby of photography..
What flash would you recommend?..
I agree, especially if you're tight on budget nothing beats the D40. The differences to the D40x or D60 are minimal. Basically they all take the better pictures that you want..
6MP isn't bad btw. you cannot crop so much, true, but that means you'll learn to frame better and faster .
Per your subject, the D60 review was not well received and seems likea disappointment in the Nikon DSLR forum. I'd do a little moreresearch and look into the Canon XSi release. Canon also has a morediverse lens selection.The XT and XTi should be available at reduced prices soon after theXSi is available..
You might want to look at the Canons. The XTi is comparable to the D40x, but the standard 18-55 lens is inferior to Nikon's. If you can get the XTi with the new 18-55 IS or the 17-85 IS, you should consider it...