First pics with the D40X & 55-200mm VR

Discussion in 'Nikon DX DSLR' started by AndyE, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. AndyE

    AndyE

    871
    May 2, 2005
    Vienna, Austria
    Hi,

    got my D40X today, plus the 55-200mm VR lens.

    You can find all pics in reduced and full 10mp resolution here - www.pbase.com/andrease/d40x
    No Postprocessing whatsoever. All EXIF information is available. All pics handhold.

    Used lenses:
    The 55-200mm VR, for comparison the 70-200 VR, plus 2 pics with the 17-55/2.8.

    I'll send you more comments later. Pics first :smile:

    regards,
    Andy



    D40X, 55-200mm VR, 200mm
    original.

    D40X, 55-200mm VR, 160mm
    View attachment 88618

    D40X, 70-200mm VR, 200mm
    View attachment 88619

    D40X, 70-200mm VR, 200mm
    View attachment 88620

    D40X, 17-55mm/2.8, 17mm
    View attachment 88621

    D40X, 17-55mm/2.8, 17mm
    View attachment 88622
     
  2. Very impressive Andy.

    That seems like a great package. I can see a difference between the 55-200 and the 70-200, but in capable hands I think the 55-200 and the d40x is an awesome combination, considering the price.

    Have you done any testing at high iso? I wonder how the relatively high pixel count has affected that.
     
  3. AndyE

    AndyE

    871
    May 2, 2005
    Vienna, Austria
    Steve,
    sorry, it is spring time, the sun is out and you are asking for an ISO 1600 pic ? :smile:

    Okay, here is one with my dog ....

    regards,
    Andy


    D40X, 105/2.8, ISO 1600 (full resolution)
    original.
     
  4. I agree, there is an obvious difference in sharpness between the two lenses. Well, I would dump my 70-200 if there weren't :biggrin:
    Cheers
     

  5. Now that's really impressive. If it behaves similarly in more adverse lighting conditions I pull my hat.

    Cheers
     
  6. That ISO1600 shot really makes me wish I could move to the D40x from my D50... If I already had more AFS/HSM lenses I would but I only have 1 (Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM) and I can't afford to replace my screw-drive lenses (Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8 EX DF, 15-30mm f/3.5-4.5 EX DG) with equivalent AFS/HSM models... though if Sigma had a fast HSM normal-zoom I'd give it some strong consideration. I don't think I could get away w/ just a 30mm f/1.4 HSM and I know the 24-85mm AFS would leave me missing the f/2.8 too much... no way I can afford a 17-55mm AFS or 28-70mm AFS.
     
  7. Dave

    Dave

    Feb 7, 2007
    Suwanee, GA
    I agree with you Stephen, I would switch in an instant to the D40x if it had an internal focus motor after seeing that high ISO shot. I have really been thinking about buying a D80 to accompany my D50 so that my wife and I can both shoot at the same time (as there are many times I wish we both had a camera). I think I am close to doing that too as a friend of mine with a D80 went to Japan and shot tons of pictures all at ISO 1600 and I looked at his 4x6 prints and could not even tell they were not ISO 200.
     
  8. Snipps

    Snipps

    896
    Oct 7, 2006
    Wow If I wanted a 2nd body that d40x is certainly what it would be!
     
  9. i don't

    see a sharpness difference to warrant picking the 70-200 over the 55-200 other than build, autofocus speed, and faster apeture. It just shows that Nikon's consumer optics are really strong contenders if you don't need pro features.
     
  10. Gale

    Gale

    978
    Jan 26, 2005
    Viera Fl
    55-200 (VR???)

    Am I missing something
     
  11. The 55-200mm VR was anounced a week or two ago and is now starting to get into a few peoples hands. Looks to be a prett good little lens, just like the prior non-VR version!
     
  12. AndyE

    AndyE

    871
    May 2, 2005
    Vienna, Austria
  13. Actually I don't know if it is just the picture but am I seeing a bit of vignetting on the 55-200 at 160mm?
     
  14. HAC_X

    HAC_X Guest

    Oh deary me..
    I was going to get a D80 w/18-70, but just had a look at Vistek's site.. I can get the d40X w 18-55 and 55-200VR for less.. Time to really think on this..
    Cheers
    Harold
     
  15. It's VR II I suppose? How large is it Andy? Can you give us a picture with something to compare it to?
     
  16. I beleive it's VR I... zoomed in with hood off its about the same size as an 18-55
     
  17. AndyE

    AndyE

    871
    May 2, 2005
    Vienna, Austria
    Here it is ....

    It is about the same size as the AFS 18-200mm VR (A bit taller, a bit slimmer)

    regards,
    Andy

    original.
     
  18. Thanks, Andy. It looks a lot like the 70-300VR - just shorter.
     
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