1. Welcome to NikonCafe.com—a friendly Nikon camera & photography discussion forum!

    If you are thinking of buying a camera or need help with your photos, you will find our forum members full of advice! Click here to join for free!

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

    Jan 9, 2007
    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!

    NIKON D40    ---    90mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 250

    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.

    NIKON D40    ---    105mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

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

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/320s    ISO 200

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/400s    ISO 200

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    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.

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 200

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

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    100% crop of above:
    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    Then I switched to manual focus, and snagged these shots:

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    100% crop of above:
    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    100% crop of above:
    NIKON D40    ---    135mm    f/8.0    1/500s    ISO 200

    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).

  2. DBrim


    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

    Jan 9, 2007
    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.
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.