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I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?

chewie

Petaling Jaya, MY
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chewie Registered since 17th Jan 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 04:28 AM

I was just wondering how does anyone got to their decision to get the camera models above? I would find it interesting on what was the factor that finally "persuaded" the ownership of the camera that you have now.

I got the questions in mind because there's so many questions asking for help in choosing their FIRST DSLR camera but what was wondering the deciding factor in the end is what interest me. That's all.

Mine? It was a Christmas gift (after giving lots of hints).

Poll result (131 votes)
Because it's a Nikon
(17 votes)Vote
Price Factor (low budget/value for money/discounts/etc)
(78 votes)Vote
Was a gift
(6 votes)Vote
All my buddies having a Nikon(easier to learn and swap stuffs)
(2 votes)Vote
Came with free gifts
(0 votes)Vote
Others? Such as features?
(28 votes)Vote

  

MotoMannequin

Livermore, CA, US
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#1. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

MotoMannequin Moderator Awarded for his extraordinary skills in landscape and wildlife photography Nikonian since 11th Jan 2006
Tue 13-Jan-09 06:46 AM

Hi Chewie,

I think maybe a poll is not the best way to collect opinions on this, because this requires us to fit our reasons into the 6 you list, and these may not apply.

My main reason for a D50 was ergonomics. On a spec sheet the Rebel XT killed the D50 at the same price, but the Canon feels like a cheap toy in your hand, while the D50 feels nice and solid. Secondary reasons were proven outstanding image quality compared to the Canon, especially with the kit lens, and finally the quality of the community here

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GordonCopestake

UK
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#2. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

GordonCopestake Registered since 15th Mar 2006
Tue 13-Jan-09 06:56 AM

The reason I went from a D70 to a D40 was mostly due to the weight. The D40 is light (especially with the 18-55 kit lens). I looked at the D80 but whilst having more features (most of which I would never use) it weighed a ton!

Amberlion

Houston, US
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#3. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

Amberlion Registered since 19th Nov 2006
Tue 13-Jan-09 07:08 AM

Well, my reason doesn't really fit this poll, so here goes. My first SLR was a D50. I got it because I went to my local camera store ready to buy a C*n*n, and the sales rep talked me into the Nikon line instead.
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chewie

Petaling Jaya, MY
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#4. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

chewie Registered since 17th Jan 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 07:24 AM | edited Tue 13-Jan-09 07:26 AM by chewie

Thanks for your replies. Just that I was only allowed 6 (hoping for 10) which then led me to the six most likely (from my view). Anyway, thanks once again for these thoughts and who knows, someone or anyone could use such information as to percentage of preference and/or reasons why it was chosen.

To kimberly, no regrets right switching to Nikon from C*N*N? I don't think so.

mikeac

Seaford, UK
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#5. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

mikeac Registered since 19th Nov 2007
Tue 13-Jan-09 01:08 PM

Well I clicked 'features', but my reasons were mainly:

A) According to various reviews, the D50 kit lens was significantly better than the kit lens on the nearest Canon equivalent
B) The nearest Canon equivalent was more expensive
C) I had borrowed a Nikon film SLR in the past, and was impressed with the quality of the optics.

Had I been 'in the market' later, I might well have shied away from the D40/40x/60 on account of the lack of an AF motor. I would probably have gone for a second-hand D70.

My biggest disappointment with the D50 was that it didn't come with Capture NX as standard. I think you ought to be able to get the best quality images from a camera 'out of the box'.

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bdavison

US
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#6. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 5

bdavison Registered since 31st Dec 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 02:13 PM

I choose the D60 for multiple reasons
I do alot of hiking to get my shots, lightweight and small profile are critical when you have to travel long distances on foot.
It has to be fast, I dont have time to wait for a camera to boot up, or scroll through menu's finding the options I want. I need to take a shot NOW!
In camera RAW editing. This is a big one for me. I dont do much post processing if I dont have to. I much prefer to get the shot right the first time, and I like going straight from the shoot to the printer.
VR - alot of times I find myself in situations where the light is inadaquate, and I dont like toting a tripod everywhere (see hiking), so being able to get handheld shots, and stopping down even in low-light is a plus for me.
Durability - The camera has to be durable. I dont have time for cheap plastics and creaky bodies, and the nikon bodies have always been rock solid.
High Quality lenses - you'd be hard pressed to beat nikon lenses. Good luck with that. It aint gonna happen. In almost every trial by fire that Ive seen, the nikkor lenses match or exceed their counterparts. - http://www.photozone.de/reviews .....but do your own trials, and see the difference.

lkmstone

US
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#7. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

lkmstone Registered since 21st Feb 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 02:52 PM

I am old school educated and still think in "film" mode. I have always used manual exposure, hand held meters, and manual focus. Going to a digital body meant having to relearn how to get the camera to do what I wanted it to do. I had to learn how to "talk" to the camera. Since this first digital body was going to be a learning tool first I didn't want to drop big $$$ just to educate myself. I wanted RAW, full manual availability, with the largest MB sensor for the best price. I also wanted to be able to set it to "A" for idiot and hand it to my kids to use. Beings the D40 had been around a while I opted for the new D60. No regrets. Love it. But now the learning period is over and I am ready for the D300 or D700.

mikeac

Seaford, UK
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#8. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 7

mikeac Registered since 19th Nov 2007
Tue 13-Jan-09 03:10 PM

>But now the learning period is
>over and I am ready for the D300 or D700.

Same here - not sure my bank balance is though!

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HayMower

Springfield, US
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#9. "I got a D40(X) because?" | In response to Reply # 0

HayMower Silver Member Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 03:20 PM

I have had "Nikon envy" to a certain extent since the Viet Nam years, when our photographers were slugging through the jungle with their Nikon F cameras - built like a tank, that one was! I couldn't really afford a Nikon, but got a really good deal while in Japan on a Pentax Spotmatic. I used it for 40 years (no zooms, but had a 28mm, a 55mm, and a 135mm - screw mount - lots of fun when trying to change lenses in a hurry!).

I tried a couple of point and shoot digitals, but was not at all satisfied. So I decided to take the DSLR plunge. After lots of research (Nikon, Olympus, Canon, Pentax, etc.), I figured "If not a Nikon now, when?". I wanted a D40, but wanted the VR lens. At that time, you couldn't get a D40 body only, and the kit lens was not VR. So I talked to Fred at Adorama and came away with a D40X and two VR lenses. Three weeks after I got the D40X, the D60 was announced. So my X was obsolete and no longer in production - but it works great, and so far, I haven't missed anything the D60 has that I don't.

I love the D40X. I would love the D40 or the D60, too. I may go for a D90, but not for a while. Live view and video don't really speak to me in a DSLR, but the flexibility of being able to autofocus with more lenses does.

I've taken more pictures in 2008 and 2009 than I did in the previous twenty years! I've even got some keepers.

That's why I have a D40X.

Hillbilly Harry - in the Missouri Ozarks.

D40X
AF-S 18-55 VR
AF-S 55-200 VR
AF-S 50mm 1.4G
AF 50mm 1.8
SB400
Nikon closeup attachments 0, 1, 3T, 4T

Opaqueuphony

Sacramento, US
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#10. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

Opaqueuphony Registered since 30th Jul 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 05:50 PM

There were 2 reasons i chose the Nikon D40

First I have worked for Target for 2 years now and i got to play with the displays of the Nikon D40 and Canon Rebel XT. Just by experimenting with these 2 cameras over and over again for a while i learned to like how the D40 worked way more then the Canon. I cant really explain it... it just felt right for me.

Second During the time I have worked there the Canon broke more often then the Nikon due to crappy people throwing them around and such, so i would rather have the one that would last longer.

I am 100% happy with my decision too!!!

Jayce P

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captaincarl777

US
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#11. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

captaincarl777 Registered since 01st Jan 2009
Tue 13-Jan-09 08:33 PM | edited Tue 13-Jan-09 08:35 PM by captaincarl777

I voted "value for money" because it seemed like the closest fit to my situation, but "highly regarded beginner-friendly name brand DSLR" would have been more accurate.

I bought my D40 (my first DSLR) a few months ago based on many favorable reviews from multiple websites that painted it as appropriate for new users yet capable enough to use seriously, the Nikon name, and the fact that it was within my budget.

I had been using a p&s for several years, but as it turns out I've taken more pictures in the last 2 months than the previous 3 years combined. Despite still being a complete newbie, I'm already lusting after a D90 (mostly for the auto-bracketing and DOF preview, and the ability to autofocus some of my new/old lenses that I picked up here at Nikonians) but that will have to wait for a while. When it happens, I fully plan on keeping my D40 as a backup/walkaround body!

scott46dh

Kannapolis, US
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#12. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

scott46dh Registered since 01st Jan 2009
Tue 13-Jan-09 09:25 PM

I purchased a Nikon D60 because it was a Nikon and it was the best I could afford. I got a Canon TX when I was 15 and didn't know any better. It was bare bones. When I started taking photos for my high school yearbook, I starting daydreaming of having a "real" camera. The lead photographer on the yearbook staff had a really nice Olympus. Once I started researching what the professionals were using, it mostly came back as Nikons.

Now 30 yrs later, I was bitten by the photography bug when I found my old Canon stored at my parents house. I decided right then and there to get a Nikon. I would have preferred to have a D300 or a D700 but they were out of my range. More research proved that the D60 was a good camera, it was within my budget, and came with two lenses (18mm - 55mm & 55mm - 200mm). I really like the VR feature because I have diabetes and my hands shake a little bit.

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Paul94583

Chandler, US
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#13. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 12

Paul94583 Registered since 09th Dec 2008
Tue 13-Jan-09 09:36 PM

I decided on the D50 since it was:

1) Two years old and much lower in price.
2) Finding a new body from Roberts Imaging at roughly the same price as the D40.
3) Playing with the D40 and thinking it was too much like a P+S camera.

Paul

"I'd rather try and fail, than fail to try."

woodworker5112

Clovis, US
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#14. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 13

woodworker5112 Registered since 23rd May 2008
Wed 14-Jan-09 07:11 AM

I got the D40x, because I got good deal on it, and it came with "freebies" that I was sure I'd use at the time. Lol, live and learn, but I have never regreted the camera for the price (maybe at other prices, but THAT'S another story )
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Phyabrand

UK
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#15. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 14

Phyabrand Registered since 26th Aug 2008
Wed 14-Jan-09 08:12 AM | edited Wed 14-Jan-09 08:14 AM by Phyabrand

Budget primarily. Chose the D50 over the D40 because it was not only a bit cheaper, but has the AF motor in-body so I could get lenses for less too.

I got a Nikon refurbished D50 body, Sigma 18-50mm and Tamron 55-200mm for under £300. Has worked out well for me as a beginner as I have been able to experiment with what I wanted to shoot. I soon discovered I needed a bit more reach than the 200mm for what I wanted to achieve so found a Sigma 70-300mm APO on ebay cheap.

Now I know a bit more about what I shoot, I can go out and upgrade accordingly knowing I can spend decent money on something that will get used, not end up sitting in the bag.

MasterDabber

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#16. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 15

MasterDabber Registered since 10th Dec 2005
Wed 14-Jan-09 08:21 AM

Hi Chewie. I got my D50 for *exactly* the same reasons that Larry (MotoMannequin) posted earlier on this thread... see below.

>My main reason for a D50 was ergonomics. On a spec sheet the
>Rebel XT killed the D50 at the same price, but the Canon feels
>like a cheap toy in your hand, while the D50 feels nice and
>solid. Secondary reasons were proven outstanding image quality
>compared to the Canon, especially with the kit lens, and
>finally the quality of the community here


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damibru

US
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#17. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

damibru Registered since 14th Apr 2006
Wed 14-Jan-09 02:31 PM

I got my D50 after reading so many reviews that when I finally received it, the manual seemed to under inform me, lol.
My choice was first and foremost the build quality. Not any less important was the sync speed of 1/500 and its superior image quality compared to its competitors. I knew I wanted to use my D50 in the studio and for events so I needed a high sync speed. I'm still waiting for Nikon to build anything in the semi pro range with a high sync speed. Also I found it to just look and feel way better than anything Canon out there at that time. Hopefully sometime though Nikon will actually make a firmware update for this very unique and wonderful camera.

Best regards

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JDevlin12

US
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#18. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

JDevlin12 Registered since 04th Aug 2007
Wed 14-Jan-09 02:41 PM | edited Wed 14-Jan-09 02:42 PM by JDevlin12

I just purchased the D40 as my first DSLR because it appears to offer tremendous value for the money. Time will tell if I made the right choice. I never considered another manufacturer's offerings because I've been a loyal owner of Nikon film cameras since 1982 and own several lenses that I will still be able to use with the D40 (in manual focusing mode, of course).

Jim D.

chewie

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#19. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

chewie Registered since 17th Jan 2008
Thu 15-Jan-09 03:35 AM

Thanks to all who posted. I'll keep all these information in mind. I'll even save the entire posting and show to people later who may (very likely) ask the second most popular question of "Why do you choose such a "low entry" camera like D40". The question of "Why Nikon and not C*N*N?" would be the most popular.

Thanks once again.

Dani_23

US
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#20. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

Dani_23 Registered since 07th Jan 2009
Thu 15-Jan-09 02:35 PM

I purchased a D40 a few months ago. It is my first dSLR camera and I am very pleased with it for the most part. I chose it because of A) Nikon's quality in both camera bodies and lenses, B) it had most of the features I wanted, and C) I could afford it. As a senior in high school pursuing a career in journalism, I wanted a camera that was relatively lightweight but could deliver the quality I needed. Recently I have been experimenting with more of the manual settings and am planning to get a new lens. I know the D40 is considered "old" by now and will soon be discontinued, but I had read that it was a good camera to begin with as far as dSLRs go, and I completely agree with that statement! =)

whalerchris

US
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#21. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 20

whalerchris Registered since 26th Oct 2008
Fri 16-Jan-09 02:14 AM

I carried around a Minolta x700 since HS back in '86 until I got an N55 for x-mas a two years ago. Spent almost $300 in film and developing on a summer vacation in '07 and decided it was time to go digital. The D40 fit my price range and since I was starting over I figured Nikon's history and range of lenses was the way to go. I was disappointed that my x700 was obsolete a year later with the change of lens mounts from Minolta.
If I had a higher budget I may have gotten a D80 but have no regrets with the D40. I have given gifts of 8x10's I have taken and everyone is amazed with the quality of the photos.
Since I had no investment in lenses with the n55 I was starting fresh and can build a nice system with this camera. The fact of no in camera motor was not a big factor to me.

in4apenny

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#22. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

in4apenny Registered since 02nd Dec 2008
Fri 16-Jan-09 03:21 AM

To answer your question, I started with a Nikon 8008s, because Bahman Farzad rated its spot metering capabalities at a 10 out of ten. I then became a Nikonian, because the people here are great, and are willing to part with their knowledge (thank you folks)happily. I bought the D50 used at a great price (under $150.00 with a lens) and the other Nikon lenses that I had for my 8008s work on the D50. I hope to be able to buy a D300 before the Academy comes to Mpls., and have them educate me on how to use it. Plus if I am not mistaken, or at least I hope that the D lenses will work on the D300.

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infocusimagery

Thunder Bay, CA
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#23. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

infocusimagery Registered since 08th Dec 2008
Fri 16-Jan-09 11:20 AM

I sided with my D40 because I just couldn't bring myself to buy a camera from a company that makes photocopiers and fax machines.

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mikeac

Seaford, UK
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#24. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 21

mikeac Registered since 19th Nov 2007
Fri 16-Jan-09 11:56 AM

>I carried around a Minolta x700 since HS back in '86 until I
>got an N55 for x-mas a two years ago.

Aha, another former Minoltan! I used its little brother, the x300, for 15 years, before moving to the D50 in 2006.

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AkamaiGuy

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#25. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 23

AkamaiGuy Registered since 14th Nov 2008
Fri 16-Jan-09 01:00 PM | edited Fri 16-Jan-09 01:31 PM by AkamaiGuy

Nikon is Nikon, sort of like what Kleenix is to tissue. And there is nothing wrong with the "C" word products, in fact, I like their point and shoots, both film and digital.

I bought a D40x because of size and price and it is my first DSLR. I had the chance to spend time shooting a D80 last spring and I almost bought a D90 but I decided the add'l features weren't worth the money or the added heft and girth for me. The D40x was less than 1/3 of what a D90 body would cost and a couple hundred less than a D80 and my D40x does everything I want it to and more than I know how to. The money saved was better spent on lenses.

I have no problem with the lens limitation because of no in-body focus motor because I can focus with my primes manually with no problem and the lack of the motor contributes to its appeal to me, smaller size and less weight. I travel a lot and it makes sense for me.

There is no doubt that I will upgrade to a better so consequently bigger DSLR someday but I'll still keep this one. I love it.

So to answer the poll, it would be: Nikon, size and price in that order.

Thanks, this has been a fun post to follow.

Mark

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jcda1020 Registered since 27th Nov 2007
Sat 17-Jan-09 11:23 AM

I've had several SLR Nikons since the 1960's. Over that time, you accumulate a lot of gear--lenses, filters, bellows, etc. I bought the D50 when it came out because all this gear works with this model. I'd have a hard time parting with seven lenses that still work with my N8008 and the D50. With Photoshop as the "adjuster", my images at 6 MP are terrific. My next camera will probably be the D700--providing my stuff will work with it.

PeroMKD

Gevgelija, MK
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PeroMKD Registered since 09th May 2008
Sat 17-Jan-09 05:49 PM

Lightweight and small profile.

pgdsm

CA
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#28. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 27

pgdsm Registered since 16th Jan 2009
Sun 18-Jan-09 10:02 PM

I got my D60 cause it felt better in my hand than the canon. Although the 2 lense kit price way considerably less with the canon and also came with a grip and a bag. I just liked how the nikon operated and felt in my hand. I actually bought at best buy as it was cheaper than anywhere I could find locally. I didnt go with a d80 (D90 was not released yet) because Several places that I went to said the d60 would be a better entry level camera that the d80. Now with only 4000 clicks later I am wishing that I had waited for the d90 or just went with the d80. It was really my fault for not researching the lenses more. (i actually didnt know what I would want for lenses) I just can't justify the $560 plus tax for the 50mm afs. I think I will be getting a d90 this summer for the motor and better higher iso performance

guitarmanjon

York, UK
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#29. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

guitarmanjon Registered since 21st Feb 2007
Mon 19-Jan-09 10:19 AM

I clicked "because it's a Nikon" as that is one of the reasons I chose the D50.

I bought mine just after I'd graduated in 2006. I'd read a lot about it and the Rebel XT and went into a camera shop knowing I would come out with one of them. After handling both the D50 was a clear winner. It feels great to hold, unlike the XT. Also, the guy in the shop was singing praises about Nikon non-stop even though the Rebel XT was more expensive. That's the sign of a good salesman and a better camera. I didn't realise back then just how good my D50 is. Maybe one day I'll upgrade to a D700 when the finances allow but I won't ever be disappointed by my D50 in the mean time.

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wjlapier

College Place, US
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#30. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 1

wjlapier Registered since 15th May 2004
Mon 19-Jan-09 02:39 PM

Price was hard to beat. Used but in un-used condition. $289 shipped.

I also wanted a smaller-than-D300 body for vacations where I only carry two zoom lenses. Prints would be usually 4x6, but occasionally 8x10.

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BigOkie

Tulsa, US
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#31. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 29

BigOkie Registered since 17th Jan 2009
Tue 20-Jan-09 04:20 AM

I got a D40 because I've been wanting a real DSLR for several years now. I've had a Fuji S5100, and while they're very versatile with manual mode and 10x optical zoom, photographing hockey without the ability to rapid-fire seriously hinders the experience. I was also looking at the price factor.

So far, I've had it since mid-December and have already taken close to 2000 photos (not all I've kept of course, haha). I'm getting more and more comfortable with it each day. It doesn't hurt that I have two guys I work with who help me out each day with something new.

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chaplanger

US
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#32. "RE: I got a D50/D40(X)/D60 because?" | In response to Reply # 0

chaplanger Registered since 26th Sep 2008
Tue 20-Jan-09 12:47 PM

For me the D40 hit the sweet spot. Quality of Build, price, and ease of use / performance all played into the decision.

After studying the field of entry level DSLRs for weeks and looking at some competitors whose prices were similar, I kept coming back to the D40. Camera Labs.com provided some of the most persuasive advice -- especially with their gallery so that one could see what the kit lens and various settings offered. For everything I was looking for the D40 was the equivalent in Image Quality with the best of the rest, and the price point was unbeatable. Also knowing that the key factor would be future lens purchases, I seriously considered Sony and Pentax (since the VR was built into the camera). However, the tipping point came in seeing that Nikon VR lenses which I would be interested in were competitively priced and were excellent glass at the price point.

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Garritos Registered since 12th Jan 2009
Thu 22-Jan-09 05:36 PM

I was looking for a D40 body only (because I wanted the 18-55 VR lens), but it was difficult to find. As I was looking I stumbled upon a refurbished D60 body for less than I could get the D40. I went ahead and got a factory demo VR lens and It was pure shooting pleasure for $400 total!!!

I came over from Canon because my friend has a D40x and I was always jealous of the way his felt when shooting. Ken Rockwell convinced me to go for the D40 instead of the D40x but I ended up with the D60. I have not looked back and I am extremely happy with my set-up.


Current equipement:

D60 body plus spare Nikon battery
18-55 VR
Gorilla Pod
2x ATP pro 4GB SDHC

Planning on Purchasing Soon:
55-200 VR
10-20 Sigma HSM
SB-400

any comments on my next purchases? I do landscapes/cityscapes, architecture, and low light pics of the ladyfriend(the reason I bought a good camera in the first place).



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morsere Registered since 30th Jan 2008
Thu 22-Jan-09 08:56 PM

>Hi Chewie. I got my D50 for *exactly* the same reasons
>that Larry (MotoMannequin) posted earlier on this thread...
>see below.
>
>>My main reason for a D50 was ergonomics. On a spec sheet
>the
>>Rebel XT killed the D50 at the same price, but the Canon
>feels
>>like a cheap toy in your hand, while the D50 feels nice
>and
>>solid. Secondary reasons were proven outstanding image
>quality
>>compared to the Canon, especially with the kit lens, and
>>finally the quality of the community here

>
>Derek
>My Gallery
>My
>Nikonians Gallery>

I chose the D50 for precisely these reasons as well! Just passed 16,000 clicks and still going strong.

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FE Fan Registered since 18th Oct 2004
Fri 23-Jan-09 02:18 AM

I checked "price factor", but I could have just as easily picked "because it is a Nikon."

Like a few others here I came to the D40 a fairly experienced film photographer. I had an inkling to try digital and thought the D40 wold be a low risk (i.e., low cost) way to see if it was for me.

I originally intended it to be a snapshot camera, but very soon after I bought it, I knew it was capable of far more.

The form factor is also a big draw for me. When I unpacked my new D40, I had my F3HP sitting on the desk. I compared the size of the two bodies and was surprised how close the D40 was to the F3. The small size and light weight made it an easier transition to the D40. To this day, I find its easy portability to be one of the best qualities.

Another thing that drew me to the D40 was its ease of use. I probably could have mastered a more complex body, like a D80, without much additional effort, but the simplicity of the D40 made it less intimidating coming from MF film cameras.

I have found using MF lenses on the D40 to be a very pleasant way to shoot and I really like the results. The fact that I could use my MF glass on the D40 was an obvious benefit.

One final "feature" of the D40 is its thrifty file size. My home PC is getting a bit old and the smaller file sizes of the D40 ease the pressure on me to upgrade my home PC. I also like the high ISO performance of the D40 which is supported by the lower pixel density (compared to other DSLRs with higher resolution).

I, too, am tempted (at least in some theoretical way) by a D300 or D90, but especially the D300. The good high ISO performance of the D300 and the ability to meter with manual lenses are really appealing. For now, the D40 does the job for me and I still enjoy the camera immensely. Maybe someday, NAS will get the best of me and I'll spring for that D300.

Or a D700, now that would be something and I could make full use of my MF lenses with a FF sensor, plus it shouldn't;t be much bigger or heavier than the D300. Yeah, maybe...d'oh, stupid NAS...

Bart
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The photograph is a fixed moment of such a raison d'être, which lives on in itself.
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Engine Registered since 04th Jan 2008
Sat 24-Jan-09 02:50 PM

Several factors influenced my decision to go with the D40X:

1. The Sony I was looking at did not feel comfortable in my hands
2. Most of the other brands did not have the feature set the Nikon or Canon have.
3. The Canon menue layout did not seem as easy to work with (to me) compared to the Nikon
4. Price was not an issue, If I had known the D60 was to be available, I would have delayed my purchase and picked it instead.
5. The cameras in the next tier above the 40-60 are more than what I really need.

bassballz

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bassballz Registered since 29th Dec 2008
Sat 24-Jan-09 09:20 PM | edited Sat 24-Jan-09 09:28 PM by bassballz

>I voted "value for money" because it seemed like
>the closest fit to my situation, but "highly regarded
>beginner-friendly name brand DSLR" would have been more
>accurate.
>
>I bought my D40 (my first DSLR) a few months ago based on many
>favorable reviews from multiple websites that painted it as
>appropriate for new users yet capable enough to use seriously,
>the Nikon name, and the fact that it was within my budget.
>
>I had been using a p&s for several years, but as it turns
>out I've taken more pictures in the last 2 months than the
>previous 3 years combined. Despite still being a complete
>newbie, I'm already lusting after a D90 (mostly for the
>auto-bracketing and DOF preview, and the ability to autofocus
>some of my new/old lenses that I picked up here at Nikonians)
>but that will have to wait for a while. When it happens,
>I fully plan on keeping my D40 as a backup/walkaround body!

This is basically how it is for me too. I'm trying first and going from there.

My brother-in-law re-ignited my long subdued interest in photography with his excellent landscape shots. Mind you he is a D700 user with a good range of Nikon 2.8 lenses at his disposal. As an General Physician, he can afford these things more so than I can.

But, back to the topic - I'm very happy with my D40 and am slowly learning how to use it. I will say I've taken some 400 shots in the past 2 months since purchase, more than in the past 20 years since I used my old Canon AE1 Program.

Wayde
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Beatkat Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2007
Tue 03-Feb-09 06:37 AM

Having had an older brother that worked for Nikon, I was always jealous of the gear he was able to try out and use. He got me my first SLR, a venerable FM, and I was hooked. When Digital cameras came on the scene, I owned several "p&s"s...my Olympus C5060WZ was my favorite, and took really excellent pictures, but oh the startup, focus, and shutter lagggg... it broke twice and I had to be without it for several weeks on two separate occasions......and I was careful with my equipment..the second repair cost almost $200,(well ok, my sister knocked it out of the truck onto the asphalt)...and the D40 had been around for a couple of years by then, so I found a good deal on the D40x when rumors of the D60 were hitting the air, went to Ritz to touch it, and was hooked. The kit glass out shined the C*n*n for sure, and the camera felt like it was built for my hand.
So for me it was:
Bang for the bucks
Reputation
Glass awesomeness
Ergonomics
You press the button, it takes the shot

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pseudotexan Registered since 02nd Feb 2009
Tue 03-Feb-09 02:27 PM

I got the D60 for many reasons. I chose value in the poll. I liked the way it worked. It did what I thought I wanted it for. It felt right when I held it. The menu seemed logical to me. When I shot it at the shop it was more intuitive to me than the sony or canon and the pictures seemed to be closer to what I was seeing. Of course two VR lenses, a gear bag for all of it, two dvd's, Ritz's camera classes and a $50 gift card really didn't hurt either.

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draak ijveraar Registered since 14th Dec 2005
Wed 04-Feb-09 01:56 AM

i went with the D50 for several reasons. 1st its a nikon. i started with a F2 in the early 80's and moved to an FA. when i decided to go digital Nikon was the only choice. I went with the D50 over the D70 for the same reason Nikon dropped the D50 and went to the D40. It was close to the D70 in all that counts and I could get the D50 kit with the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses for less than the D70. I have recently upgraded the glass to the vr 18-200.

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silencethevoice Registered since 17th Jan 2009
Fri 06-Feb-09 02:49 AM

I got my D40 to have as an inexpensive, lightweight backup to my D90. I do a lot of late night photography in slightly questionable areas. I wanted something with good image quality that I wouldn't have to worry too much about if it was to be stolen. This way I'm carrying around a $410 in kit, versus a D90 with one of my more expensive lenses worth about $1500... It's nice to have a backup.

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Andy_F Registered since 17th Feb 2009
Tue 17-Feb-09 03:00 PM

Have been using a D40X with a Sigma 30mm f/1.4 HSM as my "Family/Social Gatherings P&S" kit for more than a year now. Was shooting professionally (part-time), but found that my default "PRO" kit -- D200 plus AF-S DX 17-55mm f/2.8G -- scared the relatives. No candids for me.

Quality wise it's effectively a D200 in a tiny, lightweight, easy to carry package. With it's single user defined button set to WB, it's as flexible as it's much bigger/heavier bretheren. Often shoot with it in poor lighting (restaurants, etc.) using preset WB done with a Neutral Expodisc. Never have had any use for the various "scene" modes.

Recently upgraded my default "PRO" body from D200 to D700 which I'm also very pleased with. Have been using Nikon SLRs since 1970's starting with a Nikkormat FT3.

I checked functions/features. Don't feel like I lost anything with the D40X from my "PRO" gear. Considered a used D50, but felt it was just too big.

Andy
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ricks67 Registered since 11th Jan 2009
Wed 18-Feb-09 01:57 AM

I was going to buy a used Sony A100 till I read Ken Rockwell's website about the D50 and price difference and I could use the 2 AF lenses I had when my 8008s worked. This is my first digital slr camera. I found a mint condition body with 5,000 click on it. Couldn't be happier and still learning.

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007
Wed 18-Feb-09 02:52 AM

I bought my D50 in 2005, because for the first time the price of a DSLR was below $1,000. So, I voted "price." But I was choosing between the D50 and the Canon Digital Rebel, and liked the D50 better. So some of the other categories seemed to fit my case too.

Randy

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sirdaniel Registered since 18th Feb 2009
Thu 19-Feb-09 05:51 PM | edited Thu 19-Feb-09 05:52 PM by sirdaniel

I voted "Price Factor" but could have also selected "Because its a Nikon". After my research, I chose the D60 because of the feature set. I wanted a VR lens without the hassle of purchasing a separate body and lens. For just a little more money, I was able to get the newer D60 body and slightly better features. I also wanted a Nikon as my older Nikons have served me well and I am brand loyal to products that work for me. I also have older lenses (40+ years old) for my Nikons that work fine on my D60, albeit manually. Overall, I'm well satisfied with my new D60. Cheers, dan

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jhansman Registered since 03rd Feb 2009
Fri 20-Feb-09 01:46 AM

My D60 was on sale and it fit my budget. It seems the perfect "get acquainted with a dSLR" body, and so far I happy with it. So, price, quality, feature set, and ease of use for me.

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trobin Registered since 18th Feb 2009
Wed 25-Feb-09 02:25 PM

Price/features/value were the prime factors. I wanted the VR capability and the 10 Mg sensor did not hurt. My D60 just arrived. I purchased a refurbished unit with the 18-55mm lense through Amazon for $400 delivered. It looks brand new and seems to work great. It has a 90 day warranty through Nikon and the camera store bumps it up to 1 year. (Hopefully I won't have to use it). I wanted to improve the quality of my photo's without spending a lot of money. If I get hooked on upgrading I can keep the lense and sell the body without a great loss. So far so good!

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krryfx Registered since 17th Feb 2009
Sat 28-Feb-09 05:27 PM

All of the above. I wanted a Nikon, period. The research that I did indicated higher quality lenses.(Nikon vs. the other guys) I looked at the D40 and D40X just long enough for the D60 to come out. Then I bought that one. Hopefully, I will "upgrade" to one of the full bodied bodies, but that will be a while. In the mean time I got to fulfill one of my dreams: "I took my Nikon to Yellowstone." But that, as they say, is another story.

magiceye

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magiceye Registered since 14th Jan 2007
Sat 28-Feb-09 06:18 PM

I purchased the D50 because of the ergonomics. I like the way it felt in my hand compared to the comparable Canon at the time. When using ths zoom on the canon, my hands would hit. the Nikon just felt right. Most reviews had them looking pretty much the same, but I also noticed in Pics that the nikon had deeper reds.

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cool_chef Registered since 28th Feb 2009
Sat 28-Feb-09 07:31 PM

My D40 was (and still is) my first DSLR. I get it for my birthday. I love it because of its speed, small weight, quality... it's great camera, even with the 18-55 kit lens (sold) it does good work. The image quality to ISO 800 is not bad at all. When you get 2.8 and faster lenses, you can do good hand-held shots at night. It doesn't matter if you get the expensive lenses like 17-55/2.8 AF-S or cheap lenses like 50/1.8 MF. With nearly all lenses it works very well i think.

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jhansman Registered since 03rd Feb 2009
Sun 01-Mar-09 02:46 AM | edited Sun 01-Mar-09 02:47 AM by jhansman

I neglected to add in my initial reply that another important criterion was I wanted a Nikon. After first playing with my boss's D50, then my nephew's D90, that was it. And this from a dyed-in-the-wool C*non film shooter from the 70s! Honestly, I always lusted for a Nikon, and now I got it!

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memphishooter Silver Member Charter Member
Sun 01-Mar-09 04:04 AM | edited Sun 01-Mar-09 04:09 AM by memphishooter

To maintain access of usability to the larger range of Nikon lenses, I recommend that you stay AWAY from a camera that needs a special lens, such as one that has the AF motor in it. Get a camera that DOESN'T NEED, but can work with one of those lenses. This gives a far larger range of devices to work with the camera. D50 was my choice, because it does just about everything I need a digital SLR to do. I can desaturate the color in a paint program for b & w, use a radio on the hot shoe for a slave light, and do other workarounds, when I don't normally do them anyway.
I have a 28-300 zoom Tamron lens on it, so I can tilt the SB600 one notch forward from straight up, stand back and zoom in to the subject. Using the bounce off an 8-10' ceiling I get some SUPERB skin color.

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Reding Basic Member
Wed 04-Mar-09 05:08 PM

Part of the reason I got my D50 was because it was a Nikon, as were all my cameras but one at the time. I had an N65 with two lenses already and wanted a digital SLR that I wouldn't have to buy new lenses for. To me the set up between the N65 and D50 were similar enough that there wasn't too big of a learning curve.

I bought my D40 because I am deployed in the Middle East and wasn't sure if the envioremental conditions would be suitable for my D50 (I drive a semi literally all over this area. Lots of bouncing, dust, possible drops, and falling objects). After talking to some photographers already here, and observing the conditions a camera would be exposed to daily, I decided a dSLR would be able to survive. I didn't want to risk my D50 kit, and the D40 was the only availible camera I could afford (there was a D90 at the PX for a while). Another factor in the decision for a D40 was being able to buy Camera Armor for it, and unlike the Canons I found over here the D40 came with a lens (long story in that one).

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xmx700 Registered since 05th Mar 2009
Thu 05-Mar-09 11:56 PM

I work for a company that is dramatically downsizing.

I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a hobby I have seriously neglected for a long time because I can't eat my camera.

So money was a major factor.

At the low end, in all the major lines and cameras, there are lots of compromises.

I ruled out Sony, because I hate that company. (Yes, somewhat irrational and I won't explain it here.)

I have my doubts that Olympus can sustain both the 4/3 and the micro 4/3 mount, and they have a history of abandoning users. I highly suspect that in a few years time they'll abandon 4/3 and go strictly to micro 4/3.

Pentax just seems like it's on the ropes right now. They're my favorite "underdog" though.

So that left the two biggies. I like Canon, and have had good experiences with the two compacts I have. But in the end ...

It came down to the fact that the D40 felt so much better in my hands than any of Rebels.

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joypog Registered since 03rd Mar 2009
Tue 10-Mar-09 03:21 AM

Aside from the downsizing company (thankfully) you pretty much nailed it for me. I got no beef with canon (though my dad is still bitter about canon abandoning their users in the manual to autofocus switch). I would have liked the DOF preview of the XS but I liked the feel of the nikon better and it really is smaller than the canon. The fact Nikon seemed to have a more loyal fanbase seemed to sway me a bit... In the end, I'd bet would have been with either brand, but the d40 was $100 cheaper and I decided I'd rather have a d40 with a 50mm/1.8 than a XS with DOF preview.

As for Nikon vs Nikon, I decided to come in cheap just in case if this photo thing doesn't turn into a full time hobby...that and I thought "purchase" portability through saving money.

>I work for a company that is dramatically downsizing.
>I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a hobby I have
>seriously neglected for a long time because I can't eat my
>camera.
>So money was a major factor.
>At the low end, in all the major lines and cameras, there are
>lots of compromises.
>I ruled out Sony, because I hate that company. (Yes, somewhat
>irrational and I won't explain it here.)
>I have my doubts that Olympus can sustain both the 4/3 and the
>micro 4/3 mount, and they have a history of abandoning users.
>I highly suspect that in a few years time they'll abandon 4/3
>and go strictly to micro 4/3.
>Pentax just seems like it's on the ropes right now. They're my
>favorite "underdog" though.
>So that left the two biggies. I like Canon, and have had good
>experiences with the two compacts I have. But in the end ...
>It came down to the fact that the D40 felt so much better in
>my hands than any of Rebels.

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giraffoto Registered since 04th Nov 2008
Wed 11-Mar-09 01:17 PM

. . . to convert to IR capability. I'm now having lots of fun with my D60ir

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Athelstan Registered since 20th Jan 2009
Wed 25-Mar-09 12:47 AM

I wanted to get my daughter her first DSLR for a trip. When I saw Adorama had refurbished D40xs on sale for $275 (they don't anymore...), I got one. A 10mpx Nikon DSLR for that price was irresistible. I have used it also since then and like it very much, although it is kind of a small, light camera if you hang a relatively large lens on it. The image quality is great, and I like certain aspects of the user interface more than the controls on my D200.

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LL49Wat Registered since 21st May 2004
Sat 28-Mar-09 01:09 AM

My D40x was a gift from my wonderful spouse. It was a great introduction to digital. I recently got a D300 for work where digital is preferred over film, but the D40x isn't going anywhere. It makes a great travel kit--it's small, compact, lightweight and can go with me anytime. I don't have a lot of time to go on photo treks, so having a camera with me for those serendipity moments is great.

It's also a great camera for family get togethers when you don't have a lot of time to compose shots. The small size also makes it less intimidating in those family times.

It takes a great picture, too!


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thepokersupplier Registered since 18th Sep 2008
Sat 28-Mar-09 08:42 AM

I got my D60 because I really wanted to get into a DSLR from a point-n-shoot and I didn't want to spend too much. The Nikon does feel way more solid than the Rebel and They had a great deal at Best Buy when I got it a year ago. It came with the 18-55 VR and the 55-200 VR and It was on sale and I used a coupon so I think I got everything for like $700 when it came out brand new. I have been happy with it so far but I really need to learn how to use it better.

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