D40x........does it deserve such high praise?

Started May 28, 2007 | Discussions thread
BraveUlysses Senior Member • Posts: 1,580
Re: D40x........does it deserve such high praise?

Barry Fitzgerald wrote:

A list of areas that could be considered minus points:

No in camera motor, limits lens choice.
No exposure/wb bracketing.
3 point AF system.
Reduced on body controls.
No DOF preview

None of these features are relevant to the target demographic. As has been often noted in these forums, the people buying the D40/D40x are those who would have otherwise considered a bridge cam, but decided that the extra few dollars was well worth the great leap in image quality. I think Nikon have it right where it needs to be.

As ever its not all bad...but considering the UK price is about
£430, level with the A-100, and a little less than the Canon 400.
Does a price of £300 sound a bit more like it? After all if Nikon
chopped out so much, to reduce costs, surely the buyer would be
able to live with this more.

But UK prices on everything are insane. I know, I'm visiting for a while. 17.5% VAT, FFS, what's with that?

I find it hard to understand how maker gets high praise for
chopping out features (some of which are pretty damn
handy...exposure bracketing is an absurd one to leave out)

How so? Most people who shoot with 'real' cameras don't know what exposure bracketing is, so what use would it be to its target market? And in the bad old steam-powered film days, you just moved the controls a little between shots to get the bracketing done. Easy, if you put a little thought into it.

Buyers looking to expand their lens range with s/h or non nikon
lenses are going to have some serious limitations, who wants to buy
an AF lens that wont AF? I could say that this is an interesting
ploy to help nikon lens sales

See my note above - most buyers of this camera will NEVER buy any more lenses than the supplied ones - I'd hazard a guess that those who buy the single lens kit will only take the lens off once, straight after they get it out of the box, just to see how it works. After that, they'll have a damn fine PnS camera that can grow if they need it to.

This might be a good camera for someone new to SLR's, a P&S
dabbler..or upgrader..might just not care and get the twin lens
kit, serious users are going to find that the shortcomings are less
easy to live with.

Serious users (and what are they, anyway?) won't be buyig a D40/x - that's not where Nikon are aiming the camera.

Imagine a slightly larger body (its too small for my hands), and
all the issues above addressed.......Nikon could have had a real
killer camera here, they missed the chance.

Can you say D80?

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