I used my D40x for around a month, and it took very good pictures. Better initial quality than my Canon Xti, but as I said in my review of that one--once adjusting the canon the pics were equally beautiful.
I got rid of the D40x because I was hamstrung by two major issues:
First, Nikon does NOT give a RAW converter with the camera--you have to fork over an extra few hundred to get that (and they don't tell you this--the packaging advertises that it comes with software--just not RAW conversion software). That was dealbreaker #1
Second, lens availability was very sparse. I had a hard time locating decent lenses with the correct mount for this camera (the kit lens is cheap, much like the canon's), and Nikon's own higher-quality lenses were in very in short supply. Dealbreaker #2. So I returned the camera--I was able to return the camera to the dealer with no penalty even after the extended time I'd used it.
Nikon needs to get it's marketing act together and be a little more consumer-friendly.
No RAW conversion software with camera, and due to Nikon's hard-line with Adobe, it looks like 1st-tier 3rd party RAW converters will be hard to come by.
Poor lens availability; confusion as to what 'mount' style is correct with this camera--for example, it seems some mounts fit but don't autofocus, etc. I could not find anywhere obvious in the docs that said "This camera takes the Nikon AFS mount", I had to do a fair amount of research to find which mount would actually work right with this camera. Maybe it's just my not looking close enough for that info, maybe I overlooked it, but I just found it odd that getting a correct aftermarket lens would be so frustrating. Remember--this is not a pro's camera, so we novices shouldn't be expected to know all the in's and out's of lens mount types, etc.
2007-12-29 - 16:20:37
I've been a Nikon person for many years and this is my first digital. There are a couple of things I miss but I'll get into them in a moment.
First is that is does a pretty good job. My mind is still expecting to see that pure liquid clarity of a Kodachrome slide but alas I'll get used to digital I guess. :-) In any case, close ups and such were fine though I had trouble focusing a group of students across a small class room.
Low-light flash performance with the SB-600 is excellent and it's nice that this thing doesn't eat batteries like they're going out of style.
Daylight use has also been excellent, it just seems I'm having problems with normal room-lighting for some reason. My focus seems a bit soft but I suspect it is my technique - gotta get used to this new technology.
If one looks at all the features of this camera it is difficult to think of it as the bottom of Nikon's DSLR line-up. It has full program, vari-program, various-preprograms, P, A, S, M modes as well as matrix, average and spot metering, rear-sysnc flash, slow-speed flash, etc. I think it even has mirror lockup. These are all features in the "old" days of higher-end cameras. So though it is relatively expensive you do get a lot of camera for you money. The problem is that most people (myself included) will never use this camera to its full potential.
There are two things that annoy me:
1. I cannot lock focus to one area. I can make it so the focus stays on the left, center, or right zone only as long as I don't accidentally touch the rear dial and change focus zones. Nikon says "locking" the zone is not a feature this camera has. Too bad, I'd give up one of the program modes for this feature.
2. Though some results have been good, I am not completely blown away by results using the SB-600 flash. Maybe I'm expecting too much. My SB-20 on my N6006 was nearly bullet proof, but as before, maybe I just need to work out the details some.
A few nit-picking things, but otherwise a great camera that I highly recommend.
2008-06-30 - 14:54:37
Nice camera, no support for legacy AF lenses
I own the D70, great camera. Considered buying a D40 for the samller size and larger LCD, however the lack of AF motor stopped me.
For buyers that don't have legacy lenses this is probably less of an issue.
Overall these are excellent cameras
2012-04-27 - 18:15:13
All those cameras elpomy an APS-C sensor and as such are not full frame. You can use pretty much all autofocus lenses with these cameras as they have in-built motors in the body for auto focusing of lenses other than those equipped with SWM.[EDIT] Yep FX lenses work fine on a DX camera I use all my FX lenses on both There is an effective magnification of 1.5x on the DX camera compared with an FX camera using the same lens, but otherwise all's OK.References : Pro Nikon User 36 year experience behind the lens
All those cameras employ an APS-C sensor and as such are not full frame. You can use pretty much all autofocus lenses with these cameras as they have in-built motors in the body for auto focusing of lenses other than those equipped with SWM.[EDIT] Yep FX lenses work fine on a DX camera… I use all my FX lenses on both… There is an effective magnification of 1.5x on the DX camera compared with an FX camera using the same lens, but otherwise all’s OK.References : Pro Nikon User… 36 year experience behind the lens
Having read too many of the endless arguments about the impending death-or-not of film that go on interminably on the various photography forums [fora, for the Latin-literate]…The word film is a bit ambiguous in this context. Those shooting in medium formats (roll film such as 120 and 220) or large formats (sheet film) will be shooting actual film for some time to come. There are some digital camera backs available, but they’re tres cher and generally don’t work except with static scenes.For the 35mm-and-under crowd in the developed world—which is most of us reading this weblog—film is rapidly disappearing. I made the switch to digital last year in large part because it was getting difficult to get my film processed by anyone other than some kid wrangling the Fuji Frontier minilab down at the Wal-Mart.Small-format film will still be around, though. In the third world, it’s about all that’s affordable. And it’ll continue to be a niche interest in the developed world.And that’s where Nikon is positioning itself. Sales of brand-new SLRs in the third world are probably pretty small, but Nikon is keeping the (third-party manufactured) FM10 at the low end. For those in the developed world who believe that film is still superior to digital—at least in some aspects—Nikon is keeping their top-of-the-line F6.I don’t know much about the large-format world. But from what little I’ve heard, the lenses that Nikon is dumping aren’t up to snuff with the competition. They probably just weren’t selling many.But yeah, film is rapidly dying in the mass market. I wonder how long it will be before you can’t even get film developed at Wal-Mart? I suspect that’s a function of how long before all of the “disposable” cameras are digital. My own guess: less than two years. Between camera-phones and digital cameras, Christmas 2006 will be the coup de grace for film in the mass market. Or so say I.