Nikon D40/D40X or other entry level SLR: Help needed

Just wondering can people offer advice..

I am looking at buying a DSLR for the first time, and am currently leaning towards the Nikon D40/D40X. I am a novice in a lot of respects when it comes to SLR-camera photography - no point pretending otherwise!.

Is there a marked difference between the D40 and D40X? I realise the specific differences in terms of MP, but how big would you have to enlarge a photo for this to become an issue? Is the D40X worth the extra cash?.

I would be looking to use the camera for many aspects, but one of these would be horse racing. One particular deal I was looking at was the following (as I could possibly do with some new binoculars!);.


What do you make of the 2 lens' in this deal? Is the Nikon D40 a poor choice because of the limited lens choice, or is this not an issue for someone at my less than exalted level?.

Or (final question!), is Canon (350D/400D) better, in terms of performance and set up?.

All advice greatly appreciated,Andrew..

Comments (9)

Also, I have been reading about how the Nikon D40/D40X do not have an autofocus - how does this affect use?.


Comment #1

Hi mate.

Im in the exact same predicament. At the moment I'm leaning towards a canon d400, because of the lens you can use are much more varied. it is also smaller which is what I want.

But I wud like to hear what people think aswell .

I personally will want a camera with autofocus as I imagine that I wont have time to set up a tripod and manually zoom when I'm travelling around asia..

Comment #2

Just not with some old Nikon lenses.Plenty of good glass available for that camera..

Also you should look at the Oly E510 two lens kit......nice camera......good price.A member of the rabble in good standing..

Comment #3

The 350D is still available some places, and it is dirt cheap. If you buy the body alone, you will have money left over for some good glass. Having said this, the Nikons are good platforms as well..


Comment #4

Ajhurley wrote:.

Also, I have been reading about how the Nikon D40/D40X do not have anautofocus - how does this affect use?.


The auto focus is built into the lens and not built into the body.Pat..

Comment #5

I have a D40x and love it. I have opted to upgrade to the VR lenses, but the kit lenses have ED glass in them and give excellent results. That being said, check out the Nikon forum and you'll find many who have and love the D40. It's 6MP is plenty if you don't intend to poster-size. It's also reputed to have great low-noise images. Either way, I don't think you would be disappointed..

Ultimately, most new DSLR's will give you excellent results if you spend time learning to use them. I say pick-up the camera in your own hands and see if you like the feel, the controls, the menu interface, etc. That is the first bridge to cross toward developing and improving your skills...

Comment #6

I would check all of the new cameras announcements. There are a lot of compelling choices with new enhancements. Do not short-change some of the other brands Sony, Pentax and Olympus. I own the Sony Alpha 100 and am very happy with that camera..

John B...

Comment #7


Thank you for all of your replies..

Could someone please tell me about the quality of the 2 lens supplied with the D40X in the link attached? I'm especially interested in getting a lens for horse-racing, etc..

Thanks again,Andrew..

Comment #8

JohnDB wrote:.

I would check all of the new cameras announcements. There are a lotof compelling choices with new enhancements. Do not short-changesome of the other brands Sony, Pentax and Olympus. I own the SonyAlpha 100 and am very happy with that camera..

John B..

I second the notion of not short changing the other brands. I just picked up a K10D (not necessarily entry level, but I am finding it quite easy to use), partially because it felt best when I was holding it in my hands. My favorite sister has a Rebel (8 mp) that doesn't feel quite right when I hold it..

My advice (mileage may vary) would be to decide what your budget is and how you will use the camera, then armed with that information go to a good shop and tell them what you want to do and what your budget is. Any reputable store should be able to help you find something you will be happy with..

Among my friends all the major brands are represented with models in the $500-$750 range and are happy with what they selected..

- Paul..

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