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  • I've been using my D40 for about 2 months now, and I can seriously say that I could not have picked a better camera

    • by Ian Hooi
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      The D40 is Nikon’s budget offering for those wishing to start out in the world of DSLRs. It is a 6.1 megapixel camera with Nikon’s DX sensor format.

      I’ve been using my D40 for about 2 months now, and I can seriously say that I could not have picked a better camera.

      Included is the Nikon AF-S 18-55mm DX 3.5-5.6 lens. It’s a great kit lens, with good overall sharpness and fast autofocus.

      The D40’s shutter speeds range from 1/4000 seconds to 30 seconds, and there is a bulb shutter mode for longer exposures. It has 3 autofocus zones, one in the


      center and two more on the left and right. While 3 autofocus zones may not be enough for some, it’s proved to be adequate for the type of photography I’ve been doing. Mainly candid shots and gig photography.

      The camera has 3 metering options, Matrix, Spot and center-weighted metering. All 3 are excellent and I have no trouble getting good exposure in all kinds of lighting situations shooting in full auto mode. Besides Auto, the camera has a range of situational shooting modes, from sports to kids, 2 semi-manual and a full manual mode. The 2 semi-manual modes are excellent, one allowing you to choose the shutter speed and the other to choose the aperture. The camera will take care of the other variable in calculating your exposure.

      The built in flash is excellent, and the camera comes with Nikon’s TTL flash metering system, varying the flash intensity to suit the exposure. It has a minimum flash sync speed of 1/60 and a maximum of 1/250.

      The D40 is able to shoot in 2 formats, JPEG and RAW. The RAW output is in Nikon’s proprietary .nef format. This can be quite troublesome to shoot in, because post-processing is a hassle ...


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      and can only be done with either a Photoshop plug-in or Nikon’s own editing software which comes with the camera.

      Burst shooting is excellent, with a 3 per second frame rate, and the camera slows down only a little after 15 shots while shooting in JPEG mode.

      As always, Nikon’s colour rendering is excellent, providing vibrant colours that make the image pop.

      The option is given to shoot in ISOs from 200-3200, 3200 being disguised as HI-1 mode on the camera. High ISO performance is very good from 800-1600 but at 3200 noise starts to become quite obvious and very distracting in

      images.

      The D40, despite all it’s good points does have some weaknesses. It will only autofocus with Nikon’s new AF-S lenses, and autofocusing can prove to be quite bad while shooting a moving subject.

      A good entry-level DSLR, the Nikon D40 is in no way a pro camera, but if you’re looking to make the jump from a point and shoot or a bridge camera to an SLR, then this is the camera you want. Despite not being able to autofocus with all lenses, a large majority of Nikon’s past lens offerings can be mounted and focused manually on the camera.




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