Hi! I bought a basically brand new D40 over the summer. the 18-55 kit lens has done a pretty good job, but I'm looking for something a little more. What would you suggest for a college student on a budget?
You should also look at the 55-300 Nikon if you want a lens with longer reach. It is a bit more expensive than the 55-200, and I sympathize with your having a limited budget, but consider both lenses before you decide on one.
The D40 is a terrific camera. Personally I have D90 and D7000 but still enjoy the little cam. Instead of 55-200 get a 55-300. I bought one on eBay from cameta camera -refurbisbed. It was like new. Also plan buying a prime lens - 35mm 1.8 apreture. It is the best artistic tool if you are on a budget. Enjoy your D40!
Being in college and on a budget, the D40 is a great choice. With the kit lens (18-55mm)you can shoot normal range shots in medium light situations. For some zoom capability the 55-300mm will give you the most zoom, but being on a budget as you are the 55-200mm VR will give you the most bang for the buck. For a prime lens, you can't go wrong with the 35mm 1.8 which is well suited for portraits or low light situations. With these 3 lenses you'll be able to shoot almost anything and get excellent results. Good luck and enjoy your Nikon D40.