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Crabby Guy

Seal Beach, US
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Crabby Guy Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Feb 2004
Tue 26-Feb-08 06:51 PM

I need a camera for my wife and dollars are a bit tight. There are three options we have come up with: (1) a D40 + 18-135mm Nikkor, (2) a D40x and the same lens, and (3) a Canon G9.

My guess is that she would be best off with a D40 with an Nikkor 18-135mm, with both items used or demos, so the total cost would be maybe $550. If she occasionally needs more width or length, she can borrow my Nikkor 12-24mm or 70-300VR. As my Micro Nikkor 60mm won't work automatically on a D40, I would loan her a 5T or 6T Nikon close-up lens on a 67mm-62mm adaptor for the occasional flower photo using the 18-135mm.

However, marketing being what it is, I wonder what benefit the extra pixels on the D40x would bring, if any. I have seen some reviews that suggest that the (sensor) speed of the original D40 is better than that of the D40x and that the additional pixels in the D40x don't bring any benefit until an enlargement past 16x20 is desired. True?

My wife's current inclination is to go for Canon's G9 uber P&S, which shoots RAW, offers VR, has a decent zoom that, with a $150 wide-angle adapter, gives the same range of the 18-135mm. The G9 is small--especially in depth--and weighs (without the wide-angle adapter) 12 oz. This model camera is new and costs about $450. Although it offers 12MP, its sensor is half the dimension (one-fourth the area) of the one on the D40. (It's just 1/1.7").

Comments?

Adrian


Photography, though not an art form in itself, has the peculiar capacity to turn all of its subjects into works of art. Susan Sontag, On Photography, p. 149. 1977.

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