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tekaj Registered since 17th Nov 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 04:35 AM
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"Only took a quick look - first SLR"


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Hi

I took a quick look at the D40X in store and I loved the feel of it. Thinking of going SLR. I noticed that I was not able to see what I was shooting through the LCD screen, is this common with SLR's? I have used the ''ordinary'' digital cameras where you don't have to use the viewfinder to take a pic, you see your subject in the screen and just click away. Is this not possible on SLR'S??? I very rarely use the screen to shoot, I'm still pretty old school about picture taking but I'm just curious because my wife loved that feature.
Thanks for your answers.


  

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fordlords Registered since 18th Oct 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 04:57 AM
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This is what you would actually upgrade to the SLR for- to see the exact image from the lens through a good camera viewfinder. The SLR's take you from the point and shoot fun cameras with the LCD viewfinder to a more upscale level where you use a real viewfinder- and it isn't old school, it's enticing especially when you see the results you get in your picures where you focus on your actual subject. Main camera settings are also displayed in the viewfinder.

It's a hard sell for the wife, the things the DSLR's do go beyond the comprehension of what people who aren't interested in cameras know or will ever want to know. If you desire to take the step up to where photography will be one of your hobbies, the cost of the D40 is well justified, and your wife will love the results and might actually take to learning to use the camera. If neither is the case than staying with a point and shoot type digital camera is the way to stay, and many of those honestly take some excellent pictures- the entry DSLR's just take digital photography to the next level.

-Mark-



  

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tekaj Registered since 17th Nov 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 05:05 AM
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Got it.

Thank you for such a clear answer. Just became a first time dad so this was one of the first things on my to-do list. Get a proper camera and get those amazing pictures of my family and our trips done right.

Thank you again and my mind is made up.


  

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mtpenmaker Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 05:41 AM
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It should be mentioned that after you take a picture, it does appear on the LCD, just like a P&S. The D40 or D40x can also be used just like a P$S, just put it in auto and take pictures. The major difference is that a DSLR allows you access to a wide assortment of lenses, flash units and camera settings for more creative control.

And you are not actually seeing the exact image through the viewfinder that will be recorded. Unless you get one of the pro bodies, the viewfinder image is something less than 100%. My N90s viewfinder only shows 93% and I think the FA is about the same, so I'm guessing the D40 and D40x are also about that, but maybe a bit more.

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tekaj Registered since 17th Nov 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 03:23 PM
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>It should be mentioned that after you take a picture, it
>does appear on the LCD, just like a P&S. The D40 or D40x
>can also be used just like a P$S, just put it in auto and
>take pictures. The major difference is that a DSLR allows
>you access to a wide assortment of lenses, flash units and
>camera settings for more creative control.
>
>And you are not actually seeing the exact image through the
>viewfinder that will be recorded. Unless you get one of the
>pro bodies, the viewfinder image is something less than
>100%. My N90s viewfinder only shows 93% and I think the FA
>is about the same, so I'm guessing the D40 and D40x are also
>about that, but maybe a bit more.

Awesome buddy. THANK YOU for taking the time to write all of this.
Good stuff.

  

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fixjuxa Registered since 28th Aug 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 05:04 PM
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The viewfinder on the D40 is 95%.

  

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joekidd Registered since 21st Apr 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 01:21 PM
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Check out Why Your Wife Wants You to Get a New Camera.

joekidd

  

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tekaj Registered since 17th Nov 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 03:21 PM
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That was a great read. Thanks for the link.


  

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KOClark Registered since 11th Nov 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 07:49 PM
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>Hi
>
>I took a quick look at the D40X in store and I loved the
>feel of it. Thinking of going SLR. I noticed that I was
>not able to see what I was shooting through the LCD screen,
>is this common with SLR's? I have used the ''ordinary''
>digital cameras where you don't have to use the viewfinder
>to take a pic, you see your subject in the screen and just
>click away. Is this not possible on SLR'S??? I very
>rarely use the screen to shoot, I'm still pretty old school
>about picture taking but I'm just curious because my wife
>loved that feature.
>Thanks for your answers.

I just purchased a D40x and love it so far. I didn't have the luxury of holding it but I did alot of online looking. I also suggest you start out slow and let the camera do as much as possible. As you learn, then you can start looking at custom settings. You will see what the picture you just took looks like on the LCD screen. You can also play all the pictures back. I suggest you purchase a book called "Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide" by David D. Busch. I am still reading through it but I am new to SLR photography as well. You will find alot of good information on the web but most can be found right here!!

Good luck and congratulations on that new baby too!!

K.Clark

  

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tekaj Registered since 17th Nov 2007Sat 17-Nov-07 08:40 PM
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>>Hi
>>
>>I took a quick look at the D40X in store and I loved the
>>feel of it. Thinking of going SLR. I noticed that I was
>>not able to see what I was shooting through the LCD screen,
>>is this common with SLR's? I have used the ''ordinary''
>>digital cameras where you don't have to use the viewfinder
>>to take a pic, you see your subject in the screen and just
>>click away. Is this not possible on SLR'S??? I very
>>rarely use the screen to shoot, I'm still pretty old school
>>about picture taking but I'm just curious because my wife
>>loved that feature.
>>Thanks for your answers.
>
>I just purchased a D40x and love it so far. I didn't have
>the luxury of holding it but I did alot of online looking. I
>also suggest you start out slow and let the camera do as
>much as possible. As you learn, then you can start looking
>at custom settings. You will see what the picture you just
>took looks like on the LCD screen. You can also play all
>the pictures back. I suggest you purchase a book called
>"Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide" by David D. Busch. I
>am still reading through it but I am new to SLR photography
>as well. You will find alot of good information on the web
>but most can be found right here!!
>
>Good luck and congratulations on that new baby too!!
>
>K.Clark

Thanks!
I actually just got mine today. I have not put it down since this morning. I will try to find that book you told me about and I will also dig around here and try to find some info.
My son seems to look at me with a weird face saying to himself '' what the hell is daddy doing again!?''

would be interesting to get our emails and discuss our new toys.





  

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