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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 10:03 AM
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"D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"



          

Hi,

Please forgive me if I ask a silly question. But I just can't get my head round to it. I'm new to photography, Nikon, Nikonians and my brand new D40.

Having said that. My brother has a PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ8EF and the zoom it's got its amazing. The close-up pictures awesome and as I said the zoom is superb.

I've got the D40 here with me. I bought it because it was only £60 more that the Panasonic one and well, everybody knows Nikon so I thought (still thinking I'm right) it was the right choise.

So, if the D40 is much better camera that the Panasonic Lumix, why the D40 does not have the same zoom? I want zoom!!!!!

I've got the feeling that I am going to need to spend money in a new lends? If so, why did I not buy the Panasonic one, for £60 less?

I would really appreciate if somebody can clear my doubts!.

So far, I have to say that I love the noice it makes when shooting hehehe

Thank you.
Didac

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 10:43 AM
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#1. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Worcester, US
          

If you want zoom, you have to purchase additional lenses. The 18-55 is a kit lens, to get you started. By design, it is not a long focal length. It will be wonderful for landscapes and some "walk around' everyday protography.

The zoom on your brother's Luminix is probably a 12X optical, thereabouts. You need to add the Nikon 55-200 VR to your kit, and you, and your brother, will be in awe.

The camera is great-love and enjoy your D40-I have one myself. But it is only the start. Wait until you get into glass!

A

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 10:58 AM
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#2. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Thank you for your answer. That would be another £150.

So, would you say then that my bro's Panasonic is better that the D40 with the 18-55 mm?

Thanks again.

Didac

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:06 AM
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#3. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Worcester, US
          

Absolutely not. The pictures you get with your Nikon D40, which is an SLR, versus even the best point and shoots, will be of a higher quality.

If you really define being able to get up close as "better", than get the 55-200mm VR lens. But, there is no question, you are taking better pictures with your chosen system.

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:17 AM
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#4. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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ok. I somehow (in my ignorance) agree with you. I love to see good quality pictures and that's the reason why I wanted to buy a good camera.

Would you though say that the 18-55 lens is not good enough?

My brother made picture with his panasonic o an old plain who was on the air some 150 metres or more away and the pilot was shown on the picture saying hello. It was amazing!

If I get a bigger zoom will I need the 18-55mm at all?

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:27 AM
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#5. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Worcester, US
          

Again, are you defining being able to get closer as better? The 18-55 is a nice little lens. But, once you discover the world of interchangeable lenses, you will find that different lenses have different applications. Check out the Nikkor Lenses forum for more.

You may also want to look at the 18-200mm VR-II if you want one lens that will cover focal lengths for most situations. I have that lens, the 18-55, the 55-200, and a fast 50mm f/1.8 which I use in manual focus mode.

No question, you bought a great camera. Which can grow with you as your photography skills grow. You can add lenses, flashes, a remote control, filters, etc. Your brother's ability to do that may be limited. Plus, the D40 allows you to vary depth of field, capture and freeze motion, adjust exposure modes, and shoot in full manual, or automatic if you want to.

Trust me, you made a great choice with the D40. My local camera shop can't keep enough of them in stock! I have taken over 12,000 pictures with mine since I bought it in May of this year!

A

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:29 AM
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#6. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Worcester, US
          

PS-yes, you would still want to keep the 18-55 for medium/wide shots, which your 55-200 won't necessarly handle. You should try one of the basic photography books that are out there, or maybe the great Nikon School book that comes with the D40 bag. I love that little book!

A

>ok. I somehow (in my ignorance) agree with you. I love to
>see good quality pictures and that's the reason why I wanted
>to buy a good camera.
>
>Would you though say that the 18-55 lens is not good enough?
>
>My brother made picture with his panasonic o an old plain
>who was on the air some 150 metres or more away and the
>pilot was shown on the picture saying hello. It was amazing!
>
>If I get a bigger zoom will I need the 18-55mm at all?

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:39 AM
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#7. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Worcester, US
          

Here is a nice little resource for Nikon D40 owners, or anyone that just wants to learn more about photography. I would recommend it, in addition to the wonderful resources on nikonians.org-

This is the Nikon Digital Learning Center-it is sponsored by the Nikon School-

http://www.flickr.com/nikon


Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:47 AM
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#9. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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>PS-yes, you would still want to keep the 18-55 for
>medium/wide shots, which your 55-200 won't necessarly
thank you very much for your advice. You are right. I'm going to try to learn a bit first, get use to my D40, which it has millions of features and posibilities.

It would be clever to read a book. That book you mention it came with the D40 pack? I didn't get it with my D40. Only the manual. Do you know where can I get it ?


>handle. You should try one of the basic photography books
>that are out there, or maybe the great Nikon School book
>that comes with the D40 bag. I love that little book!
>
>A
>
>>ok. I somehow (in my ignorance) agree with you. I love to
>>see good quality pictures and that's the reason why I wanted
>>to buy a good camera.
>>
>>Would you though say that the 18-55 lens is not good enough?
>>
>>My brother made picture with his panasonic o an old plain
>>who was on the air some 150 metres or more away and the
>>pilot was shown on the picture saying hello. It was amazing!
>>
>>If I get a bigger zoom will I need the 18-55mm at all?

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 11:51 AM
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#10. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 9


Worcester, US
          

If you buy the Nikon D40 bag, it comes with an extra battery, and the Nikon School book. It really is great. The manual? That is another story.....


A

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 09:26 PM
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#15. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Maxwell,

I can't find a D40 BAG that includes an extra batery and a book. Could you please tell me where can i find it online?


>If you buy the Nikon D40 bag, it comes with an extra
>battery, and the Nikon School book. It really is great. The
>manual? That is another story.....
>
>
>A

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sun 02-Sep-07 01:15 AM
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#16. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Worcester, US
          

Yes-they sell it on amazon.com

A

>Maxwell,
>
>I can't find a D40 BAG that includes an extra batery and a
>book. Could you please tell me where can i find it online?
>
>
>>If you buy the Nikon D40 bag, it comes with an extra
>>battery, and the Nikon School book. It really is great. The
>>manual? That is another story.....
>>
>>
>>A

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sun 02-Sep-07 01:19 AM
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#17. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 15


Worcester, US
          

Here is the link for the D40 bag on Amazon-

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Digital-Accessory-D40x-Camera/dp/B000M23QK2/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-0102397-5106006?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1188699528&sr=8-1

A

>Maxwell,
>
>I can't find a D40 BAG that includes an extra batery and a
>book. Could you please tell me where can i find it online?
>
>
>>If you buy the Nikon D40 bag, it comes with an extra
>>battery, and the Nikon School book. It really is great. The
>>manual? That is another story.....
>>
>>
>>A

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Mon 03-Sep-07 11:15 AM
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#22. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Sorry I didn't see the link before. Thank you very much for that. Ideally would be buying it in the UK. I'm normally good at finding stuff on the internet but this one is proving me wrong.

Can't find it on a .co.uk site in £!!!

>Here is the link for the D40 bag on Amazon-
>
>http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Digital-Accessory-D40x-Camera/dp/B000M23QK2/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-0102397-5106006?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1188699528&sr=8-1
>
>A
>
>>Maxwell,
>>
>>I can't find a D40 BAG that includes an extra batery and a
>>book. Could you please tell me where can i find it online?
>>
>>
>>>If you buy the Nikon D40 bag, it comes with an extra
>>>battery, and the Nikon School book. It really is great. The
>>>manual? That is another story.....
>>>
>>>
>>>A

  

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#8. "D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Hope, US
          

>
>If I get a bigger zoom will I need the 18-55mm at all?

Actually, the 18-55mm kit lens is a great little lens. Although it's not a long telephoto lens, it is the lens that I keep on the camera all the time. I have others with me for when I need them, but the majority of my pictures are made with the 18-55.

I also have the 18-200mm VR lens, which is just awesome, when I need a telephoto lens. But I also carry an ancient 105mm f2.5, a 55mm f1.2, a 50mm f1.4, and a 35mm PC lens. All of these are manual focus.

Ask your brother to show you how to shift the lens up or down or to the side on his Panasonic, for photographing buildings....

And for low light where you don't want to use flash, the 50mm f1.4 and the 55mm f1.2 sure come in handy.

And the 105mm? You should go find some old reviews of that lens in magazines from the sixties. This is really sharp glass. It's so sharp that it about makes a mockery of the standards that the top magazines use to rate lenses.

  

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kdufour Silver Member Nikonian since 06th May 2006Sat 01-Sep-07 04:33 PM
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#11. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Columbia, US
          

Your D40 gives you a lot of extra options --- options I didn't fully appreciate until I got my D50. You can get wider angle lens (eg 10-20) for landscapes than the Panasonic has. It also allows you to get much more zoom. The 18-200VR is a great all around lens since it covers a wide spectrum. That and my 70-300VR are the main lens I use. I lot the extra zoom, especially when shooting at the zoo or wildlife. If that's not enough, there are other lens out there with even more zoom. Enjoy, you selected a wonderful, versital camera.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 09:13 PM
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#14. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Thaks for the advice kdufour.

I think I'm going to use the 18-55 mm lends for a while until I get to know the camera. I'm only starting and I need to read and learn a lot. Everything is very exciting.
The pictures I've done today were awesome. But I think I'm going to need more zoom soon hehe But it's expensive. This hobby doesn't come cheap really. But it's definitly worth the money spent.

I just given to my sister my old camera. It was a compact Canon 2 megapixels!!! I had the box and the receipt. I bought it in October 2003 and do you know how much it cost me? £275. My new Nikon cost me £320 including delivery minus the £60 cash back. Amazing... Thaks NIKON!!!


>Your D40 gives you a lot of extra options --- options I
>didn't fully appreciate until I got my D50. You can get
>wider angle lens (eg 10-20) for landscapes than the
>Panasonic has. It also allows you to get much more zoom.
>The 18-200VR is a great all around lens since it covers a
>wide spectrum. That and my 70-300VR are the main lens I
>use. I lot the extra zoom, especially when shooting at the
>zoo or wildlife. If that's not enough, there are other lens
>out there with even more zoom. Enjoy, you selected a
>wonderful, versital camera.

  

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#12. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Richmond, US
          

You'll find that the Nikon (or, frankly, the Canon or Olympus or...) systems will be able to make much better quality pictures in a vastly wider range of circumstances than the all-in-one Lumix. One of the primary reasons for the popularity of the SLR format is precisely the ability to adapt it to almost anything, and to do almost everything exceedingly well.

Your 60 quid is buying you better quality images than you'd get in the range that the kit lens provides - providing you do your part.

Your D40 is also capable of using the 600/f4 super telephoto, the 105/f2.8 Micro-Nikkor, 12-24 superwide angle and the 10.5mm fisheye and most everything in between. The Lumix can't do any of that, and there are a variety of other capabilities that your camera has that it does not.

But if what you really wanted was the least expensive way of making a nice 4x6 print, there are definitely less expensive ways of doing so than a SLR system.

_____
Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member

My gallery is online. Comments and critique welcomed any time!

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sat 01-Sep-07 08:38 PM
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#13. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
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Brian,

I went out with my new D40 and guess what? The camera prove itself all the points you mention below.

I did not use any of the manual PSAM but the Automatic ones and I when I came back and downloaded the pictures, they were just amazing.

Never, ever in my life I would have thought that I was able to do such a good pictures. My son, a floor, my wife, some landscapes, my brother skating you name. All of them where just awesome.

I think I'm going to get the D40 bag so I can get the book to start learning a bit more of photography. I'm so happy for having choose Nikon and not the all-in-one Panasonic!

Thank you all very much for your help.

Didac











>You'll find that the Nikon (or, frankly, the Canon or
>Olympus or...) systems will be able to make much better
>quality pictures in a vastly wider range of circumstances
>than the all-in-one Lumix. One of the primary reasons for
>the popularity of the SLR format is precisely the ability to
>adapt it to almost anything, and to do almost everything
>exceedingly well.
>
>Your 60 quid is buying you better quality images than you'd
>get in the range that the kit lens provides - providing you
>do your part.
>
>Your D40 is also capable of using the 600/f4 super
>telephoto, the 105/f2.8 Micro-Nikkor, 12-24 superwide angle
>and the 10.5mm fisheye and most everything in between. The
>Lumix can't do any of that, and there are a variety of other
>capabilities that your camera has that it does not.
>
>But if what you really wanted was the least expensive way of
>making a nice 4x6 print, there are definitely less expensive
>ways of doing so than a SLR system.

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Sun 02-Sep-07 01:25 AM
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#18. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 13


Worcester, US
          

Love, and enjoy, your new Nikon D40. You will have many here tell you, including myself, you made a great decision. And welcome to the Nikon family! We are all here on Nikonians to help each other.b

Please see my posts on the nice D40 bag, that comes with an extra battery, and that nice little Nikon book I was telling you about. Amazon has the kit in stock!

A

>Brian,
>
>I went out with my new D40 and guess what? The camera prove
>itself all the points you mention below.
>
>I did not use any of the manual PSAM but the Automatic ones
>and I when I came back and downloaded the pictures, they
>were just amazing.
>
>Never, ever in my life I would have thought that I was able
>to do such a good pictures. My son, a floor, my wife, some
>landscapes, my brother skating you name. All of them where
>just awesome.
>
>I think I'm going to get the D40 bag so I can get the book
>to start learning a bit more of photography. I'm so happy
>for having choose Nikon and not the all-in-one Panasonic!
>
>Thank you all very much for your help.
>
>Didac
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>
>>You'll find that the Nikon (or, frankly, the Canon or
>>Olympus or...) systems will be able to make much better
>>quality pictures in a vastly wider range of circumstances
>>than the all-in-one Lumix. One of the primary reasons for
>>the popularity of the SLR format is precisely the ability to
>>adapt it to almost anything, and to do almost everything
>>exceedingly well.
>>
>>Your 60 quid is buying you better quality images than you'd
>>get in the range that the kit lens provides - providing you
>>do your part.
>>
>>Your D40 is also capable of using the 600/f4 super
>>telephoto, the 105/f2.8 Micro-Nikkor, 12-24 superwide angle
>>and the 10.5mm fisheye and most everything in between. The
>>Lumix can't do any of that, and there are a variety of other
>>capabilities that your camera has that it does not.
>>
>>But if what you really wanted was the least expensive way of
>>making a nice 4x6 print, there are definitely less expensive
>>ways of doing so than a SLR system.

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Didac Registered since 31st Aug 2007Sun 02-Sep-07 03:48 PM
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#19. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 18



          

I'm already loving her. hehe

I can't find the Nikon D40 bag with a book on ebay. Could you put a link or with me a clue? I'm finding it very dificult to find .

>Love, and enjoy, your new Nikon D40. You will have many here
>tell you, including myself, you made a great decision. And
>welcome to the Nikon family! We are all here on Nikonians to
>help each other.b
>
>Please see my posts on the nice D40 bag, that comes with an
>extra battery, and that nice little Nikon book I was telling
>you about. Amazon has the kit in stock!
>
>A
>
>>Brian,
>>
>>I went out with my new D40 and guess what? The camera prove
>>itself all the points you mention below.
>>
>>I did not use any of the manual PSAM but the Automatic ones
>>and I when I came back and downloaded the pictures, they
>>were just amazing.
>>
>>Never, ever in my life I would have thought that I was able
>>to do such a good pictures. My son, a floor, my wife, some
>>landscapes, my brother skating you name. All of them where
>>just awesome.
>>
>>I think I'm going to get the D40 bag so I can get the book
>>to start learning a bit more of photography. I'm so happy
>>for having choose Nikon and not the all-in-one Panasonic!
>>
>>Thank you all very much for your help.
>>
>>Didac
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>>You'll find that the Nikon (or, frankly, the Canon or
>>>Olympus or...) systems will be able to make much better
>>>quality pictures in a vastly wider range of circumstances
>>>than the all-in-one Lumix. One of the primary reasons for
>>>the popularity of the SLR format is precisely the ability to
>>>adapt it to almost anything, and to do almost everything
>>>exceedingly well.
>>>
>>>Your 60 quid is buying you better quality images than you'd
>>>get in the range that the kit lens provides - providing you
>>>do your part.
>>>
>>>Your D40 is also capable of using the 600/f4 super
>>>telephoto, the 105/f2.8 Micro-Nikkor, 12-24 superwide angle
>>>and the 10.5mm fisheye and most everything in between. The
>>>Lumix can't do any of that, and there are a variety of other
>>>capabilities that your camera has that it does not.
>>>
>>>But if what you really wanted was the least expensive way of
>>>making a nice 4x6 print, there are definitely less expensive
>>>ways of doing so than a SLR system.

  

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maxwell1 Registered since 01st Jul 2007Mon 03-Sep-07 01:17 AM
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#21. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 19


Worcester, US
          

I posted the link to you in an earlier post, for the listing in Amazon.com. Here it is again--

http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Digital-Accessory-D40x-Camera/dp/B000M23QK2/ref=pd_bbs_1/105-0102397-5106006?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1188699528&sr=8-1

A





>I'm already loving her. hehe
>
>I can't find the Nikon D40 bag with a book on ebay. Could
>you put a link or with me a clue? I'm finding it very
>dificult to find .
>
>>Love, and enjoy, your new Nikon D40. You will have many here
>>tell you, including myself, you made a great decision. And
>>welcome to the Nikon family! We are all here on Nikonians to
>>help each other.b
>>
>>Please see my posts on the nice D40 bag, that comes with an
>>extra battery, and that nice little Nikon book I was telling
>>you about. Amazon has the kit in stock!
>>
>>A
>>
>>>Brian,
>>>
>>>I went out with my new D40 and guess what? The camera prove
>>>itself all the points you mention below.
>>>
>>>I did not use any of the manual PSAM but the Automatic ones
>>>and I when I came back and downloaded the pictures, they
>>>were just amazing.
>>>
>>>Never, ever in my life I would have thought that I was able
>>>to do such a good pictures. My son, a floor, my wife, some
>>>landscapes, my brother skating you name. All of them where
>>>just awesome.
>>>
>>>I think I'm going to get the D40 bag so I can get the book
>>>to start learning a bit more of photography. I'm so happy
>>>for having choose Nikon and not the all-in-one Panasonic!
>>>
>>>Thank you all very much for your help.
>>>
>>>Didac
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>>You'll find that the Nikon (or, frankly, the Canon or
>>>>Olympus or...) systems will be able to make much better
>>>>quality pictures in a vastly wider range of circumstances
>>>>than the all-in-one Lumix. One of the primary reasons for
>>>>the popularity of the SLR format is precisely the ability to
>>>>adapt it to almost anything, and to do almost everything
>>>>exceedingly well.
>>>>
>>>>Your 60 quid is buying you better quality images than you'd
>>>>get in the range that the kit lens provides - providing you
>>>>do your part.
>>>>
>>>>Your D40 is also capable of using the 600/f4 super
>>>>telephoto, the 105/f2.8 Micro-Nikkor, 12-24 superwide angle
>>>>and the 10.5mm fisheye and most everything in between. The
>>>>Lumix can't do any of that, and there are a variety of other
>>>>capabilities that your camera has that it does not.
>>>>
>>>>But if what you really wanted was the least expensive way of
>>>>making a nice 4x6 print, there are definitely less expensive
>>>>ways of doing so than a SLR system.

Nikon D300
Nikon D40
Nikon F80
Nikkor 17-55 f/2.8
Nikkon 70-200 f/2.8 VR
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D
Nikkor 18-55mm
Nikkor 55-200mm VR-I
Nikkor 18-200mm VR-II
Zoom-Nikkor 50-135mm f/3.5s MACRO MF
Nikkor 28-105 MACRO AF
Sigma 70-300

Nikon SB-400 Speedlight
Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

  

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Floridian Silver Member Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Sun 02-Sep-07 06:22 PM
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#20. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 0


Tallahassee, Florida, US
          

>Having said that. My brother has a PANASONIC Lumix DMC-FZ8EF
>and the zoom it's got its amazing. The close-up pictures
>awesome and as I said the zoom is superb...
>
>I've got the feeling that I am going to need to spend money
>in a new lends? If so, why did I not buy the Panasonic one,
>for £60 less? ...

My wife has a Lumix (not sure of the model, but it's a 12x zoom that's a few years old), and it's a wonderful camera. For some people, its the perfect camera. She's taken some nice photos with it. Also, it's smaller and lighter than a D40, which is nice if you're carrying it around.

But, she complains about the shutter lag and recycle time (time after taking one photo before you can take the next), and it's not good for action shots in low light. So, she's thinking about moving up to a DSLR.

In many situations you can probably get about as good a result with the Lumix as with the D40, but the D40 will get photos at least as good as the Lumix in every situation, and be able to get good photos in situations where the Lumix comes up short.

Randy

  

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Johnno Registered since 04th Oct 2006Tue 04-Sep-07 01:40 PM
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#23. "RE: D40 18-55 mm lens less zoom that a Panasonic Lumix?"
In response to Reply # 20


Bonn, DE
          

Although I own a D50 I often take my FZ5 with me when I travel light.
Its stabilised zoom equivalent of 432mm would cost a fortune with a dslr - certainly more than I can afford in the foreseeable future.
I bought the D50 for low-light concert photography where the FZ5, despite its excellent Leica lens, just couldn't cope. Even then I have got some great concert shots with the Panasonic (just a very low number of keepers).

The Panny superzooms are great cameras within certain boundaries:
You won't get narrow depth of field or great low light performance and wideangle extensions are limited. Some Panasonics don't offer raw imaging either. Whilst you can get great shots with the Panasonics you cannot extend the boundaries of your photography as far with them as with a dslr - what you buy depends on how far you want to take your photography.

Website: http://www.3songsbonn.com


- People judge you by the pictures they see, not the pictures you take. Be selective.

  

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