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Old 07-12-2013, 11:57 PM   #1
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Need DSLR guru help !

Hey !

This is insanely short notice, but after seeing some of the beautiful shots some of you have taken I wanted to try my hand at some more advanced photography.

I browsed the local craiglist and found a nikon D40 (bought new in 2008) for $150 including lens and case. I'm just not sure if this is a good deal, it seems to be alot cheaper then what most people are asking for similar cameras but I just dont know what to look for in a DSLR.

Reviews seem to say it's a good entry level camera but I trust e46 drivers more then random google people. (good taste in cars good tastes in cameras? )

Any knowledge of what to look for when buying or if its a good deal would be great ! thanks all.

EDIT: forgot to mention comes with case & strap if that helps the deal at all. Suppose to look/buy it tomorrow kinda nervous !

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Old 07-13-2013, 12:36 AM   #2
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hmmm. tough call. If you are looking to start photography or "advance photography", I would start with something that has more bells and whistles. The Nikon D40 came out in 2006. If this person purchased it when it was new, it probably sold for $400. I remember when the D40x came out. Nikon quickly replaced it the D40 with the D40x within a years time. Camera come with a strap and some are packaged with lens and case. You might not like the strap nor the case. I wouldn't put those in the cost or the buying experience. I bought a camera strap from a local camera store for $1.00.

I would not go with the D40 because you could do better with a Nikon D50. Spend a little more for the D50 and get a nice lens for it.

http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20575667.html

What to look for in buying... there are loads of info on the web.

http://petapixel.com/2009/05/22/a-gu...sed-dslr-gear/
http://digital-photography-school.co...-a-dslr-camera
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Old 07-13-2013, 12:44 AM   #3
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Theres also a D50 w/ 18-55 lens for $250. Another hours drive away but do you honestly think it's worth another hundred for features? I'm clearly out of my league with decisions like this but I just want to get as much information as possible. Thanks !
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Old 07-13-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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I like to get the most for my money. Meaning - I like more bells and whistles. The D40, like most entry level cameras, does not have an in-body auto focus motor. The D50 does. Having this option you have more lenses to chose from. The D40 and current entry level Nikon DSLR (D5000, D5200, D3200) do not have an in-body focus motor. The only Nikon lenses that will allow you auto focus with the camera are the G-Type lenses. These lenses have a CPU (computer) inside that allows you to auto focus. Not to get to technical ... If you purchase a D50 your choices of lenses grows. D50 can auto focus with D-type lenses and G-type. D40 can only auto focus with G-type. You can manually focus D-type lenses with a D40 and other entry level DSLR.

Some people upgrade their cameras because they want to use more lenses and have more bells and whistles. D50 has a top LCD screen, more Auto focus points. You have more control over your D50 than the D40.


What I find is when you pair a DSLR w/ a nice lens your images are better. Well that's provided you know how to use your camera lol.


D50 w/ battery and charger
http://www.keh.com/camera/Nikon-Digi...990899250?r=FE
http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20575667.html


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Nikon 18-70mm
http://www.adorama.com/US%20%20%20%20568557.html


D50 w/ kit lens
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...pixel_slr.html

I tried looking for a 35-70mm f/2.8 online but they are out of your price range and most of what I saw had fungus inside them. That would really work with a D50 because it's a fast lens (shoots aperture f/2.8) and that works well in low light and that is under $400.
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Old 07-13-2013, 08:58 PM   #5
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I have a D40 bought new and still use it on a somewhat regular basis. I have also have better cameras, but I like the small size and simplicity of the D40 in certain situations. I passed it down to my daughter at one point to learn a DSLR, but she wasn't quite ready for it. The point is, it's more than enough for a beginner, especially for that price... especially for an impulse purchase (as long as it works properly).

Don't get caught up in the spend-more mentality just yet. If you get hooked, that's going to beat you over the head eventually.
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Old 07-13-2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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Get the d40 and a 35mm lens. Use this to learn how to shoot and only upgrade when you find that there is something you can set faster or manipulate easier with more advanced features. Just remember, a camera is a camera no matter the style or brand. Some do things faster or slower but they can never work themselves. Learn to be a photographer
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:23 AM   #7
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For $150 including a case and lens, you can't go wrong. That's entry level point and shoot camera money.

Buy the D40, pick up a book or two, and read all about lighting and exposure. Once (if ever) you figure out what in the D40 you find limiting, you'll know what to buy.
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:53 AM   #8
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Get a D300 and never look back..


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