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Nikon D40 6.1MP Digital SLR Camera Kit with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Auto Focus-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
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- 6.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 14 x 19-inch prints
- Kit includes 3x 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens
- 2.5-inch LCD with three display options; built-in flash and hot shoe
- Fast startup with instant shutter response; shoot at up to 2.5 frames per second
- Powered by one rechargeable Li-ion battery EN-EL9 (included); stores images on SD memory cards (memory card not included)
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||2.5 fps|
|Display Resolution Maximum||230,000|
|Display Size||2.5 inches|
|Display Technology||TFT active matrix|
|Effective Still Resolution||6.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||1,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/SDHC card|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/500_sec|
|Flash Type||Pop-up flash|
|Flash Type||Built-in Flash, Hot-shoe|
|Focus Description||Nikon Multi-CAM530|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200 - 1600 (plus 3200 with boost)|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2|
|Included Components||D40 Camera, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom|
|Item Dimensions||3.7 x 2.52 x 4.88 inches|
|Item Display Weight||16.8 ounces|
|Item Weight||1.15 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||3.9 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Weight||0.315 grams|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F/3.5-5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||3,008|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Size||15.6 x 23.7mm|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CCD|
|Remote Control Description||Optional (ML-L3)|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Shipping Weight||3.25 pounds|
|Style Name||D40 with 18-55mm Lens|
|Supported Battery Types||EN-EL12|
|Viewfinder Type||Eye-level penta-dach mirror|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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|Screen Size||2.5 in||2.5 in||2.5 in||2 in||2.5 in||3 in|
|Focus Type||Manual, Automatic||Manual, Automatic||Automatic with Manual||Automatic with Manual||Manual, Automatic||Autofocus & Manual|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200 - 1600 (plus 3200 with boost)||—||—||Auto, 200 - 1600||—||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400 (12800 with boost)|
|Item Dimensions||2.52 x 4.88 x 3.7 in||3 x 5 x 2 in||6.57 x 4.61 x 12.01 in||2.99 x 5.24 x 4.02 in||4.4 x 5.5 x 3.1 in||3.03 x 4.92 x 3.78 in|
|Item Weight||1.15 lbs||2.42 lbs||1.64 lbs||1.37 lbs||3 lbs||1.11 lbs|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||6.1 megapixels||10.2 megapixels||10.2 megapixels||6 megapixels||10.2 megapixels||24.2 megapixels|
|Photo Sensor Size||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C||APS-C|
|Style Name||D40 with 18-55mm Lens||D40X w/ 18-55mm Lens||D60 w/ 18-55 VR Lens||Body Only||D80 Body with 18-135mm Lens||w/ 18-55mm|
|Video Capture Resolution||—||—||—||—||—||1080p_hd|
|Viewfinder||Eye-level penta-dach mirror||Eye-level penta-dach mirror||hybrid*||Optical (pentamirror)||Fixed eye-level pentaprism||Optical (pentamirror)|
NIKON D40 W/NIKON 18-55 AF-S ZOO
From the Manufacturer
Great pictures used to require complicated and cumbersome equipment along with years of experience. Not any more. The D40 is compact, lightweight and designed specifically for ease of use, yet contains all the top-quality, high-performance technologies that you expect from a Nikon digital SLR. And with world-famous Nikkor lenses, you know you have the sharpest and most reliable optical performance available. All in a camera light enough to carry with you everywhere. Beautiful photography has never been easier.
Nikon D40 Highlights
Extraordinary Nikon image quality The D40's high-resolution image quality is made possible by Nikon's high-performance 6.1 megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures stunning sharpness and color.
Easy operation with intuitive controls Intuitive controls make the D40 point-and-shoot simple, enabling even first-time SLR users to capture beautiful memories perfectly.
Nikon's smallest digital SLR ever At just over 16 ounces, the beautifully styled and compact D40 makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever.
Includes 3x 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens Designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs, this ultra-compact 3x zoom offers Nikkor sharpness and versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations.
Shoot at up to 2.5 frames per second The D40 can fire continuously at a speed of up to 2.5 frames per second, capturing high-quality action sequences of children in sporting activities such as soccer, baseball and much more.
High-performance 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor Nikon's DX format CCD image sensor delivers vivid color and sharp detail, great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 16 x 20 inches and beyond. High resolution also provides room for creative cropping.
New advanced HELP menu system with Assist Images The D40's newly introduced "assist images" help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting as well as an advanced HELP Menu for the current item selected. The D40's Question Mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item; just press the help button beside the LCD monitor to see a context sensitive help page.
Fast, accurate 3-area Autofocus The D40's advanced 3-area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise autofocus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.
Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash control Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always at the ready and brings beautiful exposures in darkened conditions as well as adding sparkle for fill flash in outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images.
Bright, accurate SLR viewfinder A large viewfinder makes composition easier, and overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light photography possible. Its bright and sharp viewfinder, with 0.8x magnification, ensures precise composition.
Automatic exposure with 8 Digital-Vari Program Modes Eight Digital Vari-Program Modes include: Auto Flash-OFF, Portrait, Landscape, Child, Sports, Close Up or Night Portrait, each of which adjusts automatically for optimal results under varied conditions.
Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II The D40's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes. See all Product description
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The lack of a built-in focusing motor is an ADVANTAGE in my opinion. It's one reason the camera is so small and lightweight, and I believe all future Nikon lenses will have internal focusing anyway. So unless you want to use older, heavier, and slower focusing lenses for some strange reason, you'd be paying for and carrying around something you won't even use.
In addition to the superb 18-55mm (i.e. 27-82.5mm) kit lens, I bought the 55-200mm VR II and 50mm F/1.8D lenses, the SB-400 external flash and a remote (3rd party off Ebay). I suspect many, many people will buy this exact set of equipment, since it's really all you'll ever need. No need for an extra battery, unless you ever go many photo-filled days without being able to recharge. Get at least two 1GB 50x (or faster) SD cards, so if one stops working (it does happen), you aren't stuck.
The 55-200mm VR (i.e. 82.5-300mm) is a necessity for shooting any action/wildlife. The optical stabilization is truly awesome, and better than sensor-based stabilization (e.g. Pentax K10D, Sony Alpha) since you can see it working right through the viewfinder, making it easier to frame/focus your shot. Although the lens may seem slow (f4-5.6), don't forget that stabilization gives you an extra 2-3 stops, so it's really more like f2-2.8 (without the reduced depth of field, of course). DO NOT consider the slightly cheaper non-VR version, unless the slightly smaller size is an absolute necessity.
The 50mm (i.e. 75mm) is a nice walkaround lens when you want to go as light/small as possible. It's super fast (f1.8!), allowing you to take handheld photos at night with no flash! It's also a nice portrait lens, although the 55-200 is better (75mm is a little short).
The D40x is a poorer choice for the vast majority of people. The extra resolution means your photos take up more space and are slower to work with. It also has a slower max. flash sync speed (1/200 vs 1/500). If you don't know what this means, trust me, it's important, and one day you'll be really happy you have it. Since the D40's pixels are larger (less pixels in the same size sensor), there is less noise, so having ISO 100 is useless. Do you really need 10MP? Do you print larger than 16x20? Heck, do you print at all? I know I don't. Think it will give you more cropping ability? Think again. Without a super expensive lens ($1k+), the lack of sharpness and magnified distortion of the cropped image won't be as good as the uncropped 6MP of the D40. Save the $200 and use it to get the 55-200 lens, or the 50mm lens and the flash.
If you're ready to move to a DSLR, take this camera for a test drive. You will most likely fall in love with it's wonderful handling, and excellent performance, as so many people have. There will be a new generation of cameras coming out this fall, so you may want to wait, although there's really nothing that can be improved upon with this camera.
I seriously thought about getting the Rebel XTi as I have an old Canon AE-1 SLR, but I decided to go Nikon because of all the positive reviews, friends who own both cameras, the size difference of the D40 vs the Rebel XTi, and how much of a better camera overall it is vs the Canon. If you are considering this as your first DSLR, look no further, even with the new D60 out soon, this is a much better deal, and is a lot cheaper. Spend extra money on lenses, paying for 10mp vs 6mp is pointless, it will never ever matter for 99% of the pictures anybody takes. I went with the 2 lens package, 18-55 and the 55-200. The 18-55 is really good, and the 55-200 is really fun for those telephoto shots (birds, sports, people from far away). If you just get the 18-55 lens kit, you'll want another lens within a week, the 18-55 is very wide angle. I shopped around for this D40 for about 8 months, when I finally pulled the trigger I was so excited, and it is by far the Best electronics purchase I've ever made so far. I also recommend reading the review by Ken Rockwell, and his new D60 review which was just put up, google it.
I shoot the D40 in Program Mode with the color and saturation set to max. I usually shoot with the exposure compensation set at -0.7. I programmed the Fn (function) button to allow me to change the White Balance quickly. Like so many people, I did a lot of reading on Ken Rockwell's website ([...]
I have found that I like shooting with the 18-55mm kit lens most of the time. When using a flash, I actually prefer the SB-400 (I set the flash compensation to +0.3). The SB-400 is great for fill flash (even the pop-up flash is good) and taking photos of people up close and it's light-weight. The SB-400 does allow bounce flash, but the head will not rotate. I use the SB600 flash if I'm using the LumiQuest Promax Bouncer or the Stofen Diffuser or just need more flash power. The SB600 flash will bounce and rotate. I usually set the SB600 flash compensation to 0.0.
The 55-200mm VR lens has been great for all the baseball and basketball photos I've been making. I usually shoot individual photos of my son's entire team and end up becoming the team photographer. I've even become the "official" photographer at our church for various events. Of course, I love photography so I don't mind. I have never considered myself to be a great photographer; I just love photography and am always striving to be better.
What the D40 has allowed me to do is be a better photographer. I'm sure this is true of any DSLR, but for the value, the D40 has been great and I was able to add a lot of accessories. The flash is excellent and produces very natural flesh tones of people from light to dark skin. This is critical when shooting people.
My recommendation is that you learn about the various settings and don't just shoot in Auto mode. You need to understand White Balance and Exposure Compensation. And practice, practice, practice (you can always delete the crummy shots!). Deliberately change the White Balance and Exposure Compensations to see how it affects your photos. I do this in different settings, just to see what happens. I have found that I actually prefer to NOT use flash if I can get the proper White Balance and Lighting. I take one shot with flash, then take another one with the flash off and setting the White Balance to a different setting. You will find, that especially with shots indoors, the proper White Balance is better without a flash. Take the time to understand composition and lighting. Like any camera, the D40 is a tool that depends upon your individual creativity.
I'm no expert. I'm just a guy that has loved photography all his life. Digital allowed me to be better since I can see the results instantly. The D40 gives great color, is easy to use and works great with the Nikon flash system.
You will have to purchase AF-S lenses for auto-focus to work (the D40 does not have an interal focus motor. The focus motor is in the lens, not the camera). I have not found this to be an issue since I don't have any of the other lenses. This shouldn't be an issue as you will probably have either the 55mm-200 VR zoom or, for more money, the 18-200mm VR. I am considering the new Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras as a Prime lens.
The proof with any camera is in the photo's you shoot and how you compose them. People are usually amazed at the photos and say `they just love my camera'. My secret is knowing my camera and composing the shot. Don't get me wrong, I've taken my share of crummy shots, and I'm still learning about composition and lighting and still have a long way to go.
The only thing I wish the D40 could do is remote control off-camera flash units since I now want to play around with off-camera flash. I'll probably start with the Nikon SC 28 - Flash synchro cable - flash terminal - flash terminal as I don't want to purchase a Nikon SU-800 Speedlight Commander or a Nikon D90..... Just yet :)
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