First time out with D40 - my impressions (12 pictures)

Discussion in 'Macro, Flowers, Insects, and Greenery' started by Daniel Bates, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. Daniel Bates

    Daniel Bates

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    Jan 9, 2007
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    Well, I took my dad's D40 out to the back yard to run it through its paces. It is definitely different than I'm used to, but I am getting the hang of how to operate it!

    All images are straight from the camera (except the cropped ones, as noted); equipment was a D40 and the 18-135 f/3.5-5.6 kit lens and a SB-400 Speedlight.

    The D40 focuses fairly quickly, and the shutter is very quiet. The 18-135 has a rather low minimum focusing distance (I don't know what exactly but it's a matter of inches) - a pleasant change from my 70-200/2.8L's 1.5 meter MFD!

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    The matrix metering worked well with the flash system, producing good results on the first try with a backlit subject. My Canon system was never this good.

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    The lens is quite sharp, and the bokeh - while not exactly 'creamy' - is not distracting.

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    The SB-400 did a great job of filling in this picture, without overexposing the wood - since the flash head was maybe a foot from the fence posts, I expected it to be quite blown out.

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    Finally, I tested its autofocusing qualities. AF-C produced this:

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    100% crop of above:
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    Then I switched to manual focus, and snagged these shots:

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    100% crop of above:
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    All in all - I'm impressed! The accuracy of the Nikon autofocus, metering, and flash metering is a welcome change. I can't wait to try one of the higher end Nikon bodies courtesy of the Army (they supply D2x's on assignment, and my training will be with D1H and D1x cameras).

    --Daniel
     
  2. DBrim

    DBrim

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    May 30, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Considering that the D40 doesn't have an AF motor, the lens is what you should be impressed with focusing-wise, not the body.
     
  3. Daniel Bates

    Daniel Bates

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    Jan 9, 2007
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    That's not true. The focusing motor is indeed in the lens, but the camera's AF algorithms affect focussing speed as well. The AF system only has three points, and I was worried that Multi-CAM530 wouldn't be as fast as I am used to.

    Thankfully, the D40's autofocus is quite satisfactory.
     
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