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22-01-2008
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I got the D40x for Christmas. I absolutely love it. Need to get the telephoto lens next, but I guess I really need to learn how to use all of the features first. The quality is incredible.

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I found this on Amazon.com in a forum comparing the D40 to D40x. They are basically the same, with a few subtle differences. As far as quality, the results are identical, unless you want poster size enlargements:

There are essentially three differences between the two:

The D40x has:

10 MP sensor (vs 6 MP for the D40)
100 ISO lowest sensitivity (vs 200 ISO for the D40)
1/500 second flash synchronization (vs 1/200 second for the D40)

A lot of people say the D40 has less noise in lower light situations. Since physically, the size of the sensors are the same, the D40x packs more pixels into a smaller space.

As far as the lenses, I can't claim any expertise, but it seems to me you are looking at two different lenses to optimize the two different situations. For low light, you want a pretty fast lens, and for indoors you don't need a particularly long lens. For sporting events you also want a pretty fast lens, but you need a pretty good zoom reach and probably vibration reduction.

The kit lens (18-55) is not particularly fast. (f/3.5-5.6) Fast lenses are going to be pricey for any camera. I also imaging in low light situations you are going to have problems with autofocus. In you are content with manual focus in low light indoor shots, there are plenty of lenses that will do the trick.

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^ Thankz for the tip

i think i've decided on getting the Nikon D40 is that the major differences btw D40 & D40x is just the megapixels and i don't think i will ever develope my pictures into poster size. And plus, i don't think i can afford to buy it and would rather spend money on lenses since they can be used on plenty of cameras.

And also for the lenses, i'm thinking of getting the 18-55mm with the kit and also another one like you said for a better zoom. Will u suggest me a particular model thats moderately priced.

Thankz Once again!

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^d40 is the best bang for the buck

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I forgot all about this thread, which is weird because I recently acquired a Nikon D40x. For the record, it's an excellent, excellent camera, and I recommend it to anyone, whether you're a beginner or advanced.

I have two lenses for mine: the 18-55mm (which came with the camera), and the 55-200mm. The latter has incredibly zoom (obviously); I've been getting some good shots of the Moon lately using it, no tripod or anything.

If anyone has questions about this particular model and/or the lenses, just ask.

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I just realised that the D40x & Canon 400D is the same price....
i'm quite confused on which one to choose once again

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Get the Nikon.

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YES!!! i finally got the D40x
now i just need to learn how to use it properly and read through the manual.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks??

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i have it
the D40, not D40x,btw

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TheKiwi- do you think you could suggest some tips to me about the Nikon D40, well using it. I'm having problems adjusting to mine, maybe b/c i was more used to point & shoots? i have taken some pretty SWELL images with it & i know it's user friendly, but i need more advice on modes and when to use them.

I would read my manual but i can't seem to find it. help me please

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i would die for this camera!

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my gf just gave me a new d40 with the 18-55mm kit as a early vday gift
good cuz its free and from my gf
good for starting to learn beyond point and shoot
good lcd
bad cuz lens are too limited w/ lack of AFS lenses or lack of the body with internal motor unless your willing to spend $$$ and do manual focus
small body convenient but bigger body have more weight and stability

tips
learn aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, iso, dof
aperature mode - for blurring background
shutter speed - moving objects

try to play with the aperature mode (A) then mess around with the settings
basically on this mode you set the aperature and the camera will adjust its shutter accordingly. vice versa of this is shutter mode (S)

small aperature/higher # = slow shutter speed = blur
large aperature/lower # = fast shutter speed = freeze motion

the smaller the aperature the shallow the depht of field
also d40 is overexposed set exposure to -0.7

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bad cuz lens are too limited w/ lack of AFS lenses or lack of the body with internal motor unless your willing to spend $$$ and do manual focus
Nothing wrong with manual focus - it's what all pro photographers use.

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YES!!! i finally got the D40x
now i just need to learn how to use it properly and read through the manual.
Does anyone have any tips or tricks??

Nikonians
is an excellent resource for tips, etc.


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I would read my manual but i can't seem to find it. help me please
Download D40 User's Manual

Download D40X User's Manual





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thank you VERY much MissMagAddict

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