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I've been interested in photography for years and have just completed my first photography class. I had a Minolta film camera and am ready to purchase a digital SLR. I'm thinking about the D40x with the 18-55mm lens and 55-200 mm lens..

Any pros/cons? Great deals?..

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Kermitbeth wrote:.

I've been interested in photography for years and have just completedmy first photography class. I had a Minolta film camera and am readyto purchase a digital SLR. I'm thinking about the D40x with the18-55mm lens and 55-200 mm lens..

Any pros/cons? Great deals?.

An excellent choice. Just be sure to get the VR version of the 55-200 and to get it from a reputable merchant...

Comment #1

Just got the D40 kit and the 55-200mm VR with UV filters and next day delivery from Amazon.com for $622..

Pros: small, light, not so much $$$ invested that I'm afraid to take it out places..

Cons: Won't AF with many lenses. Didn't think I'd mind this, but I already want a fast prime  Manual focus is not the end of the world though..

Can't imagine paying the extra $200 to get the D40x. The extra pixels are mostly useless, and you lose the high speed flash sync (1/200 max vs. 1/500 on the D40). In theory ISO 100 would be nice, but I have no complaints with a min of 200 so far...

Comment #2

TheMadTexan wrote:.

Can't imagine paying the extra $200 to get the D40x. The extrapixels are mostly useless.

Not necessarily. When I shoot hummingbirds from 20+ feet away, I need both a halfway decent telephoto lens AND the need to crop without losing a ton of resolution. Those extra 4 MPs come in awfully handy at times..

But for somebody who is shooting landscapes or macros, 6 MPs in general is more than enough for a very nice 8 x 10 print (or even larger)...

Comment #3

Yep, the missing AF motor is the only real knock, and it is certainly limiting. Consider stretching for a D80 and you won't ever regret it...

Comment #4

WestCoast wrote:.

Not necessarily. When I shoot hummingbirds from 20+ feet away, Ineed both a halfway decent telephoto lens AND the need to cropwithout losing a ton of resolution..

Just wondering why you are so far away from the Hummers for pictures. I just stand on a ladder about 10" from them and they fly all around me. At times they don't even seem to know that I am there:)..

Ron.

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Comment #5

Ron E Trees wrote:.

Just wondering why you are so far away from the Hummers for pictures.I just stand on a ladder about 10" from them and they fly all aroundme. At times they don't even seem to know that I am there:)..

I try to stay away from them because, as you probably know, hummers are extremely territorial and throw hissy-fits when anything (humans, cats, other birds, etc.) gets too close to their food sources. I like to be able to shoot from a distance, just to be non-intrusive..

And other relatively small species (kinglets, wrens, etc.) won't let you get nearly as close. Hence, shooting from a distance and cropping is often a necessity...

Comment #6

SMPhoto wrote:.

Yep, the missing AF motor is the only real knock, and it is certainlylimiting. Consider stretching for a D80 and you won't ever regret it..

I couldn't agree more. I bought the 40x, but while waiting for it to come, everything I read said to stretch for the D80. I picked up the D80 on saturday and could not possibly be happier. The 18-135 kit lense is pretty good for most situations as well..

Also on that point, when I first held the D40x I liked it, but once I held the D80, I liked it even more. Now that I have the D80, I could not imagine having that top LCD screen to show me the current settings...

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