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d40x v 400d, but which lens?
Hi,I'm a Beginner looking at nikon v canon , as many on here..

At the moment I am tending toward the d40x, because I like the idea of the 18-200VR lens, but is that too much lens for a beginner ? I dont think there is a similar lens for the canon?any sugestions welcome.David..

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I'm a Beginner looking at nikon v canon , as many on here.At the moment I am tending toward the d40x, because I like the ideaof the 18-200VR lens, but is that too much lens for a beginner ? Idont think there is a similar lens for the canon?any sugestions welcome..

Whether or not the lens is a reasonable choice depends more on what you plan to do with it, than your level of experience. It's a lens with a long zoom ratio, which usually means that some quality (sharpness, contrast, color accuracy, et al) and speed (in terms of aperture range) gets sacrificed for convenience. Whether or not any of that matters depends on your application. If you're going to be shooting shallow-DOF portraits at ordinary ranges, for instance, the usual 50mm f/1.4 would likely be far more useful. If you're masochistic enough to shoot evening sports without adding light, you'd want a faster lens. If you're shooting at a wide range of distances, in reasonable light (counting flash, where applicable), and you're not selling large prints where any quality issues might matter most, it might be a reasonable choice..

Canon itself does not offer quite the same lens, but there appears to be a stabilized 18-200mm from Sigma that would offer the same zoom ratio with a slightly narrower FOV. The Sigma lens is available for other systems, as well..

Leica will offer a stabilized 14-150mm lens that would also fulfill approximately the same role for Four-Thirds cameras, but I do not believe that is available yet, and with the Leica name it's rather likely to be expensive...

Comment #1

He has no idea what you are talking about!.

I assume that you are used to a bridge camera or similar and want as much versatility from one lens as you can have... but it is not that simple.Ah, and why the heck a D40x and not a D40? (Retorical question).

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Comment #2

Yes the versatility is key, main reason I have waited so long to buy my first dslr is convenience, so dont want to be changing lenses. mainly want it for shots of my 2yr old son, but as an architect will also use it for work. like the idea of being able to take a shot thats good enough to print large, but have alot to learn(well learning from scratch really) could you recommend a good book that covers the basics ?

Comment #3

For architectural shots, a wider angle may be rather useful perhaps wider than provided on that particular ultrazoom lens...

Comment #4

The Nikon 18-200 is unique in providing a one lens solution at a price. It gets good reviews:.

Http://www.bythom.com/18200lens.htm.

Http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/lenses/nikkor_18200_3556vr/index.htm.

I have not seen any reviews of the Sigma but personally woulld not be in a hurry to consider it..

The 128-200 is NOT a good lens for archiecture work. ANY 11x zoom lens is bound to have problems with linear distortion. Look at the barrel distortion at 18mm on the Photozone review and you will see what I mean. If you look through other less extreme zoom lenses you will find the same problem at the wide angle lens..

A good 12-24 zoom is what you want. Even there you may find problems at the wide end. Best I know, and it is at an affordable price, is the Sigma 12-24:.

Http://www.photozone.de/.../8Reviews/lenses/sigma_1224_4556_nikon/index.htm.

Hope that helps..

P.S. No it is not too much lens for a beginner. It is just expensive to make a really long zoom do the job well as it does. But do check out the 18-135 lens (which does not have VR). It might be all you need..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Thank you all for your suggestions, I think I will go with the kit lens for the moment, as it is almost the same price as the body only. then when I get a feel for it I can decide what other lens I need..

It did strike me that perhaps the D40x is ttoo small a camera for the 18-200VR lens, I havent held a D80, though slightly bigger doesnt seem to do anything more for the extra money, or does it ?

Comment #6

David Heavey wrote:.

I havent held a D80, though slightly bigger doesntseem to do anything more for the extra money, or does it ? .

Better viewfinder (pentaprism not pentamirror).

CLS flash which allows you to control up to 9 flashes remotely in 3 groups (A remote flash is really rather useful).

Exposure bracketing.

Ergonomics are better (more buttons to give you direct control over functions).

Access to a much wider pool of lenses (AF as well as AF-S) in particular quality used lenses..

There are a few more but that is what comes to mind at the moment..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #7

My daughter recently bought the 400D and then requested a 18-200mm lense for her birthday. The reason was not that she outgrew the standard lens... it was because she needed the flexibility of a zoom..

Here is a copy of her personal files on the 400D and the D40x. Once you decide which one to buy you will have access to the user documentation and customer service links..

Http://personafile.com/....2-Megapixel-Digital-Camera-D40X-P0182080000114.htm.

Http://personafile.com/...l-Rebel-Xti-10.1-Megapixel-18-55mm-013803066104.htm.

A Few Of My Favorite:http://personafile.com/kcair/public..

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