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Old 03-29-2010, 01:23 AM
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I just bought a Nikon D40 with an 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens on ebay. $399. It was incredibly impulsive. I really know squat about cameras, especially SLR's... I THINK the D40 is good but what do I know?? I thought my current camera would be good too but I hate it!

Please tell me I didn't make a stupid decision. I has no monies now lol.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:37 AM
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I love the d40 I have it and its a great camera! I certainly dont think you wasted your money, its simple, easy to use and takes great pictures!
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:42 AM
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Well that's good! I think I'm just wary because the camera I have and hate at the moment is a Nikon. But I always hear such good things about them so I don't know, maybe their SLR's are much better than their point-and-shoots... or maybe I'm just THAT bad at taking pictures. I've had good luck with Canon's P&S cameras but I couldn't find any Canon SLR's in my price range.

Anyway. I'm just babbling now. Thank you for reassuring me lol.
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Old 03-29-2010, 01:49 AM
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lol im with you there! I was really really nervous about buying a Nikon SLR.. because my Nikon point and shoot was GARBAGE!! lol but it turns out, Nikon is just HORRIBLE at point and shoots lol

they are very pretty..lots of colors..but they suck lol
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Old 03-29-2010, 03:01 PM
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Yay good to hear! I've been wanting this camera for a couple years now so hopefully it doesn't let me down!
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Old 03-29-2010, 04:27 PM
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I don't think you'll be disappointed. The D40 is an awesome camera! I loved mine. It was really easy to learn how to use, and lots of fun to learn with also.
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Old 03-31-2010, 07:24 PM
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I'm officially envious I have a 35mm Nikon and a bag full of great lenses for it . . . I NEED a digital SLR to go with my lenses!

I love my old Nikon 35mm. The P&S my mom has isn't so great. The lens is, of course, but the camera itself is slow. You can't judge the SLR by the P&S

Now, we will be expecting REAMS of photos!
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I agree with everyone else!

I like my D40 very much, and I have the same "kit" that you got.....18-55 + 50-200 lenses came with, AND, I just bought a 70-200 vr lens that I am DYING to try out, LOL........and this week should be a good week to do it! WOOT!
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Congrats!

You won't be disappointed as long as you learn to use the camera outside the "auto" modes. The kit lenses are actually quite capable, however without the knowledge of photography and the "exposure triangle", you will have nothing more than a large P&S.

I always suggest Bryan Peterson's "understanding exposure" as a good jumping off point into the basics of photography. Once you learn how to shoot manual, and figure out how to apply it you will really start to realize the potential of an SLR.
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Congrats!

You won't be disappointed as long as you learn to use the camera outside the "auto" modes. The kit lenses are actually quite capable, however without the knowledge of photography and the "exposure triangle", you will have nothing more than a large P&S.

I always suggest Bryan Peterson's "understanding exposure" as a good jumping off point into the basics of photography. Once you learn how to shoot manual, and figure out how to apply it you will really start to realize the potential of an SLR.
Right now I have a $1000 point and shoot BECAUSE I DON'T KNOW HOW TO USE THE THING. lol! Don't be me Southpaw.

(and I'm going to read your recommendation InLimbo)
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