Nikon D40x Discussion
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Comments (14)

Thanks for another invaluable review. Your earlier review of the d40 convinced me to go towards that camera now I'm wavering between it and the d40x. I have 2 questions for Dave or Shawn. 1. Other users have reported online that the d40x shutter sound is significantly more noticeable than the d40. Could you distinguish between the two? Is the difference insignificant? 2. Is the increased dynamic range of the d40 only the result of it's superior jpg rendering engine? In other words, do the d40x RAW files also have significantly more dynamic range than the d40 RAW files? Thanks, Brian..

Comment #1

Hello - I am an old school N60 camera owner but I am finally ready to go digital. My current Nikon is equiped with a quantaray 28-80mm lens and a 70-300mm lens (which I use most of the time). The D40x sounds like a good fit for me however my lack of lense knowledge has me confused as to whether I would be able to utilize the lenses I have now. Can anyone provide me with clarity on this? I would really appreciate it. Thanks!..

Comment #2

You'd be better off with a D80, or a D70s or D50. The D40x (and D40) will not autofocus with your lenses. It needs AF-S or AF-I lenses, as it doesn't have a built-in focus motor. You'll probably also want something wider than 28mm, as a Nikon DSLR's 1.5x crop factor will give you a not-very-wide equivalent of 42-120mm with your 28-80mm...

Comment #3

I am interested in buying a D40X having just lost my Coolpix 8800 to water damage and would would really appreciate it if someone could tell me if it has a feature which I valued in the 8800: an interval timer which allowed one to leave the camera to take a pic every 30sec until the card got full. And if the D40X has this feature, what is the shortest interval? Many thanks.


Comment #4

Andrew, you and I are in the same boat. I lost my 8800 due to water damage and am leaving for vacation on Friday. I need a camera. I am leaning toward the D40. Don't know about the time lapse feature. I sure miss my 8800. I am hoping it is repairable...

Comment #5

Hi, Thanks for your excellent review! I am trying to choose between the $700 bundle with the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX lens, or the $900 bundle that comes with the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX (as seen on I see in your review that you recommended going with the 18-135mm lens. I'm trying to decide which way to go. This would be my first SLR. I also own an SD450 elph and powershot S50 and i'm now ready to experiment with more serious photography. Since this is my first SLR, i'd like to use only one lens for now, until I get more experienced.

What "zoom equivalent" are these lenses in normal digicam terms like 3x, 5x, etc. 2. I'm concerned about the bulkiness of the 18-135mm lens... I know it's a matter of personal usage, but is this bigger lens still somewhat portable? 3. Is the $200 difference worth it? Thanks for your time!..

Comment #6

I have a Nikon D40x and the lens I have is a Nikkor 18-135mm. Sometimes when I am in the middle of a shoot it gives me the error message "Lens is not properly attached" but my lens is always attached and I have been taking pictures with it for a while before it gives me the message. Does anyone know what the problem is?..

Comment #7

Hello I am searching for a a Nikon SLR camera and I have my eye on the Nikon D40X and the Nikon D80 SLR and I can't make up my mind to which camera I ready need both of the cameras has alsome things about it and they both have things tht are not good about them but they are both over all great cameras to buy and either one would do they jon if I were to purchase either one of them but the thing is which camera is better and worth sending the more money for the nikon d40x or the nikon d80 can you please help me thanks jewell bunch.

Comment #8

Hi I have a Nikon D40X which I love....however I want to explore the camera more and therefore I am looking to get a book to help with this....can anyone suggest a good basic book to start with for using this camera?..

Comment #9

Try for an exhaustive electronic book. I have just ordered it but not yet seen it...

Comment #10


 I bought a new nikon d40x today and this is my transition from point and shoot to D-SLR, with it came the standard zoom lens 18-55 mmf/3.5-5.6 G ED II, I wish to by another lens to upgrade. I am interested in buying a zoom lens, can you please help me which one to choose from nikon lens.

Thank you...

Comment #11

It's difficult to give advice without knowing what kind of subjects you shoot, and what your budget is. Visit (IR's sister site) for lens tests, reviews, specs and pricing. They've also got a nice article on buying your second lens:

Comment #12

My daughter is considering buying a Nikon D40X with the 18-55mm kit lens.

I have a Nikon F with a few lenses. Forgetting the AF side of things, can my lenses be mounted on/used with the D40X?..

Comment #13

Does anyone have experience off loading pics from D40X to a Mac with IPhoto 08? any troubles...

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