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Need your help for final dslr decision
Hi,.

Ive read forums, compared prices and read the reviews on this site for some of the dslrs for a noob like myself...

Im currently in Australia doing a world trip and will be going to South East Asia, these will be places I want to get the best possible pics to "remember the good old days" when Im back home crying and working...

Im pretty set on the Nikon D40X with 18-55 & 55-200mm VR Twin Kit but of course being a noob I need any of your expert advice. Id also like to take up photography when I get home to Ireland so would need the camera to have a bit of potential..

The thing that worries me about the D40x is the lack of image stabilisation; took a few pics with a 200mm normal (without VR) lens in a camera shop and didnt really like the quality of the pic, supposedly the VR kit will reduce the shake because of the vib. reduction but will it really make that much of a difference (didnt take a pic with it)..

The only other thing Id really like are great night shot, I had a fujifilm point and shoot (3.2MP) which was dreadful for night or indoor shots, it just made the room look 5times darker than it actually was, also on the trip some of the great shots (Uluru sunset/sunrise) are what I really would like so will the D40x with the above mentioned lenses deliver???.

Any help appreciated,Paddy..

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WesoP wrote:.

Hi,.

Ive read forums, compared prices and read the reviews on this sitefor some of the dslrs for a noob like myself...

Im currently in Australia doing a world trip and will be going toSouth East Asia, these will be places I want to get the best possiblepics to "remember the good old days" when Im back home crying andworking...

Im pretty set on the Nikon D40X with 18-55 & 55-200mm VR Twin Kit butof course being a noob I need any of your expert advice. Id also liketo take up photography when I get home to Ireland so would need thecamera to have a bit of potential..

The thing that worries me about the D40x is the lack of imagestabilisation; took a few pics with a 200mm normal (without VR) lensin a camera shop and didnt really like the quality of the pic,supposedly the VR kit will reduce the shake because of the vib.reduction but will it really make that much of a difference (didnttake a pic with it)..

Anti-shake systems really do make a difference. If you can afford VR lenses, you won't regret it..

The only other thing Id really like are great night shot, I had afujifilm point and shoot (3.2MP) which was dreadful for night orindoor shots, it just made the room look 5times darker than itactually was, also on the trip some of the great shots (Ulurusunset/sunrise) are what I really would like so will the D40x withthe above mentioned lenses deliver???.

The D40x will be lightyears ahead of even the best point and shoots when it comes to lowlight/high iso shooting (well, pretty much better for everything)..

Any help appreciated,Paddy.

'I reject your reality and substitute my own' -Adam Savage..

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WesoP wrote:.

The thing that worries me about the D40x is the lack of imagestabilisation; took a few pics with a 200mm normal (without VR) lensin a camera shop and didnt really like the quality of the pic,supposedly the VR kit will reduce the shake because of the vib.reduction but will it really make that much of a difference (didnttake a pic with it)..

The VR feature will give you about two stops or so better shutter speed. Keep in mind though the any image stabilization system will not work miracles, it will only correct for camera shake due to movement of the camera itself, within the limits of the system. If you were shooting at 200mm with a shutter speed of a say a 10th of a second, no IS system is going to help as such a slow shutter speed..

What VR will not do is reduce blur to movement of the subject, which is a common misconception folks sometimes have about image stabilization....if your subject is moving you will need a shutter speed quick enough to stop the motion....no IS system will do that for you..

One other option you might consider is a body with IS built into the body. Both Nikon and Canon use lens based systems that require special lens for IS. Pentax and Sony have the shake reduction system built into the body, so any lens you put on the camera becomes image stabilized. There is debate on which is better but there really is not that much difference between the two systems in terms of performance. The biggest difference with the Canon and Nikon systems is you can actually see the IS working through the lenses themselves. To me the biggest plus of the in body systems is you do not need to purchase a specialized IS or VR lens....any lens you mount on your camera becomes and IS lens.

The only other thing Id really like are great night shot, I had afujifilm point and shoot (3.2MP) which was dreadful for night orindoor shots, it just made the room look 5times darker than itactually was, also on the trip some of the great shots (Ulurusunset/sunrise) are what I really would like so will the D40x withthe above mentioned lenses deliver???.

Any DSLR will have better low light performance than almost any P&S due to the sensor size. They typically will operate at higher ISOs as well, making it easier to get a good night shot. DSLR systems also will faster lenses available for night shot and metering patterns that can be adjust to optimize the exposure...so yes, a DSLR will most likely give you better night shots, but perhaps not on the fully auto settings....you will need to learn a bit about the system to make the best of it..

The most common suggestion is to get a fast prime lens such as a 50mm/1.4. A fast lens like this can do wonders in dim lighting and they can usually be had fairly cheaply....but with the D40x I do not believe Nikon makes a lens that will autofocus on that body, due to the lack of an in body focusing motor. Still you can mount a Nikon 50/1.4 lens on the body, you will just have to manually focus the lens..

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

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WesoP wrote:.

The only other thing Id really like are great night shot, I had afujifilm point and shoot (3.2MP) which was dreadful for night orindoor shots, it just made the room look 5times darker than itactually was, also on the trip some of the great shots (Ulurusunset/sunrise) are what I really would like so will the D40x withthe above mentioned lenses deliver???.

For this on the D40x you may wish to invest in the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 as it will autofocus, unlike the Nikon 50mm f1.4 (as mentioned above)..

Alex..

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Alex Leach wrote:.

For this on the D40x you may wish to invest in the Sigma 30mm f/1.4as it will autofocus, unlike the Nikon 50mm f1.4 (as mentioned above)..

Good point Alex, I had forgotten about the Sigma!.

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

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Thanks for all the info, have gone ahead and bought the D40x last night so it's all fun and games for the weekend trying to get used to all the features...

The feedback on the lenses is great, I'll definitely have a look into the Sigma..

Thanks again..

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