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My first DSLR! Nikon D40

Posted 12-02-2007 at 06:16 PM by CJ Swartz
Updated 12-03-2007 at 10:22 PM by CJ Swartz

The prices went down on the Nikon D40 kit, and my resistance went down further, resulting in my proud ownership of a new DSLR. The weather changed from our typical sunny days to thick, dark clouds, rain and wind. I took some test shots of the cats, the furniture, the printer, and waited for the sun.

I'm still waiting, but the rain stopped and the skies lightened up enough to get out and find something new to shoot. I took some shots of the thick clouds hovering over the Superstition Mountains, but the light was poor and the mountains looked dark and colorless. Then I spotted this lovely church with a spire, and decided to spend some time there.
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Tomorrow is my weekly visit to the dog/cat shelter, and I'll see whether this camera can keep up with their bouncy movements.
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    Frank Lopes's Avatar
    did you get the D40 or the D40x?
    Posted 12-06-2007 at 08:57 PM by Frank Lopes Frank Lopes is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    D40 - cost was a bit of a factor, as always, but also knew that 6mp was enough for me and my computer at this stage, and the differences weren't worth the cost difference to me.
    Posted 12-09-2007 at 07:45 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    CJ, I just bought a Nikon D40, wow is it great. I had the same reason for going with it, mainly price and the file size. It so much fun to shoot with, now my favorite line is "let's go, it's a photo opt." my husband just smiles, and the kids cringe. I hope to get better at photographing the every day stuff, birthdays, vacations, holidays.
    Smile and say cheese.
    Posted 05-18-2008 at 01:51 PM by CathyH CathyH is offline
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    Congratulations! My hubby bought me one for my birthday last year and I loved it! It really is an amazing piece. I even shot a wedding this April with it.
    Posted 10-17-2008 at 12:28 PM by nu2n65 nu2n65 is offline
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    CJ Swartz's Avatar
    I still love the camera too. You shot a wedding -- good for you! I have enough trouble getting shots of the dogs at the shelter, let alone worrying about getting the bride and groom's photos.
    Posted 10-24-2008 at 01:11 AM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline
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    The only thing I didn't like about my D40 is that it doesn't have a built-in image stabilizer; I had to buy a VR lens which was more expensive than the camera, but it was worth it because that's really what made the wedding pictures turn out. Oh, and I'm not a wedding photographer, but was just asked to shoot my friend's special day. It is a lot of work! And then the editing...
    Posted 10-24-2008 at 11:06 AM by nu2n65 nu2n65 is offline
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    image stabilization etc.

    Yep, there are always trade-offs to be considered - the D40 doesn't have image stabilization in the body, and it doesn't have a lens motor in the body, but for my purposes it still works very nicely. I bought the 55-200mm VR lens because there was a price package, and I knew I'd want the range. The VR has worked nicely although my shots deal more with motion blur. If the dogs ever stood still, then my shaking hands would be more obvious.

    I didn't think you were a wedding photographer - that's why I was impressed with your willingness and success at shooting the wedding.
    Posted 10-25-2008 at 03:05 PM by CJ Swartz CJ Swartz is offline

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