Excerpt: The D40 is Nikon’s budget offering for those wishing to start out in the world of DSLRs. It is a 6.1 megapixel camera with Nikon’s DX sensor format. I’ve been using my D40 for about 2 months now, and I can seriously say that I could not have picked a …
Excerpt: I’ve been using the Nikon D-40 SLR digital camera for more than a year. I have never owned or used a better quality camera. The features are so easy to learn and adapt to a child could do it. The automatic focus feature makes taking quality photos a snap.
Summary: Bought one of these when they first came out and loved it. But got tired of going into the menus to make shooting changes. Sold it when I upgraded to a more user friendly camera. It had one thing I really missed from later Nikon cameras, 1/500th flash sync speed. I don't use it often, but missed it. So I picked up a used body for a good price and am not regretting it at all.
Summary: I bought this camera used with a NIKON 55-200 f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Lens, both in as-new condition for $300. I paid $45 more to have the mirrors cleaned. Automatic lens focusing is silent, fast, and very precise. My purpose is to take birding pictures in low light with a telephoto lens. The Vibration Reduction helps a lot, and I usually get good pictures by hand.
Summary: I love the feel of this camera in my hand. I used one for years before it took a swim. Then I bought a higher end camera. Although I enjoy the bells and whistles on the 5000, I enjoy the feel of the D40 in my hand. It is part of me and takes wonderful pictures. I bought it second hand, as a back up, and to take on paddling trips, but it's my favorite.
Summary: I love having a camera to take great pictures of my babies. I hated that it didn't have a lens, but for the price who can complain. For now I am borrowing one. The camera really works well as it should.