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Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sat Aug 16, 2008 8:34 pm

i am considering buy a Nikon D40 and a couple of lenses
and i have two question

#1 i would like some opinions on the Nikon D40



#2 what are some good lenses that are under 500$

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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sat Aug 16, 2008 11:45 pm

If I were you I'd get a D80, I've just upgraded to one myself and I'm finding it a whole lot better.

- D80's have an Auto-focus motor in the body (gives you more options regarding lenses)
- In my opinion (although it is debatable) the controls are far better
- There are 11 AF points on a D80 far better for tracking aircraft
- Bracketing (shoot with multiple exposures)

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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:20 am



Quoting Yorkshrietyker (Reply 1):
If I were you I'd get a D80, I've just upgraded to one myself and I'm finding it a whole lot better.

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You can get them for a nice price and it's much more camera so hence much more value.
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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sun Aug 17, 2008 5:19 am

You could also get a D60, which appears to be just under the D80 in performance, but much lower in price. You can even get a D60 with 2 lens, bag, and instructional DVD's for $800, which is the price of the body only for the D80. Then you can start saving up for even better lenses.

http://www.ritzcamera.com/product/SLR1189.htm
 
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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sun Aug 17, 2008 1:55 pm

Can I add weight to the get a D80 opinion - it's worth the extra money. The D80 can take just about the entire range of Nikkor lenses, with the exception of some very old ones.

On a D60, lens compatibility is as follows:

* AF-S and AF-I NIKKOR: All functions supported
* Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus.
* Type G or D AF NIKKOR not equipped with an autofocus motor: All functions supported except autofocus.
* IX-NIKKOR and AF-NIKKOR for F3AF not supported.
* Type D PC NIKKOR: All functions supported except some shooting modes.

The D80 does the following:

1) Type G or D AF NIKKOR: All functions supported
2) DX AF NIKKOR: All functions supported except FX-format (36x24)/5:4 (30x24) image size
3) AF NIKKOR other than type G or D*2: All functions supported except 3D Color Matrix Metering II
4) AI-P NIKKOR: All functions supported except autofocus and 3D Color Matrix Metering II

The D80 is simple enough to use that you won't need instructional DVDs. I started with the D80 as my first Nikon camera, having previously used Canon SLR cameras (film). The Nikon D80 manual is pretty well written, but read it through a few times because it is lengthy and you probably won't remember everything on the attempt at reading it.

There is a tutorial type presentation on the Nikon site as well:

http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Ni...Product/Digital-SLR/25412/D80.html

See "digitutor" (click the image underneath the title).

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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sun Aug 17, 2008 4:54 pm

I saved some $ and got the D40 or D60 over the D80. Lenses first, body second.

I think you'd be happier with a $200 more expensive lens than a $200 more expensive body.

And contrary to popular belief, the 3 AF points have no trouble with moving aircraft if you learn how to properly track and "stay ahead" of the plane so to speak.

There are also lenses being made by 3rd party companies now that Autofocus with the DX series (as this seems to be an option that Nikon will continue to use for a while)

From Nikon alone you have 4 choices for TF lenses for the D40. 55-200, 70-300, 70-200, and I believe there is a new 100-400.

Also all the Sigma HSM TF lenses will Autofocus on the D40/D60.
 
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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sun Aug 24, 2008 1:04 am

1. First get the 70-300 AF-S lens regardless of what body you get. This is lens can be had for just over $450. It is better than Sigma's offering.
2. Then worry about the body. If you are just starting with DSLR, then give the D60 a try. It is a fantastic camera for beginners. In addition, the D80 will significantly drop in price once its replacement, D90, is introduced in a few months. If you are set on the D80, wait for a few months for big $$ savings.

I get fantastic results with the lens I mentioned above and the D40 body. Most of the time you will only use the centre focus point anyways so it does not matter if you have 1 or 50 focus points.
 
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RE: Opinions On Nikon D40 For Spotting

Sun Aug 24, 2008 5:39 pm

how many months till the release of the D90 . and how much does the D80 and the D90 cost
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