Should I go for the Nikon D40?
I really torn on what I should do. I currently have the Canon Powershot s3 is. It is a good advanced point and shoot camera but Im ready for an SLR. I am almost totally sold on getting the Nikon D40 but there is one problem..

I realize the lens that comes with the D40 is only 3x zoom.. though I think that SHOULD be good enough for me now (and would have to be if I buy it because I cannot afford to get another expesive lens for a while) Im afraid I will miss the capabilities of the 12x optical zoom my canon has..

I like this canon I have but there are a few things that bother me about it. I is sometimes REALLY slow to focus in some setting.. basically Im just ready for an SLR..

Do you think I will miss having all that zoom power? to be honest.. it is nice and all but sometimes I dont use it that much anyway. I know that with the Nikon I will be able to achieve the depth of field I want so badly that I had to use the crazy zoom on my canon to achieve.. if that makes sense.. please keep in mind I am very new at all this so if I dont make sense correct me. Thanks!..

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If you go for the Nikon D40 go for one with a 2 lens kit. 18-55 and 55-200. You will be happy with this. I really like my D60 with the lens kits. JerryNikon D60 18-55vr & 55-200vrSB400Casio Z750..

Comment #1

I guess reading this thread would be of little use....

"Too late to join the "CULT OF D40"?".


Go look at all of them before you decide. you can find anyone to tell you to buy anything you post. our opinions really DO NOT matter. it's your comfort level, money and interest in it all that need to make the decisions based on reviewing all of them and their features and hand feel. buy the one you like as there is no wrong answer...

Comment #2

Dig around and see if anyone is offering a D40 packaged with a 18-135. Its not too expensive of a lens, much better than a 18-55 and has a large zoom (7.5x in point and shoot terms)..

If you had $650+ you could pick up a 18-200VR if you gotta have crazy zoom factors and have money laying around..

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Comment #3

I went from a super zoom Panasonic FZ10 to a Pentax SLR with one prime lens: 43mm..

Two years later, I have never bought a zoom lens. My longest reaching lens goes to 200mm, and I've never felt like I was missing anything. I went to Spain and Morocco last year and only took three prime lenses: 21mm, 43mm, and 70mm..

Your photos are what you make them. No lens, no matter what the zoom, is going to take fabulous photos: you are. I remember when I was worried about shooting at just one focal length, someone gave me great advice: you can always zoom with your feet .

Just go buy the camera that feels right to you, and get out there and find out just what that kit lens (and you!) can do .

Keitha McCallPentaxian and Shapshot Shooter since April 2007

Comment #4

K McCall wrote:.

Need to say very nice pictures, some of the best I have seen here.....

Comment #5

Thank you! The first one was from atop a camel and the last one was taken as I leaned out a bus window....

I like image stabilisation Keitha McCallPentaxian and Shapshot Shooter since April 2007

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