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Marsbar67

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Marsbar67 Registered since 25th Apr 2008
Fri 25-Apr-08 02:21 PM | edited Fri 25-Apr-08 03:11 PM by Marsbar67

After many months of research I had more or less decided to bypass the new D60 and go for the 'original' D40 purely because I had read that the sensor is better.
I have very specific requirements for a DSLR:
1. I want to shoot hand held in low light (I am not interested in megapixels - just a great sensor)
2. I don't like AF - I prefer to manually focus
3. I will be mainly using a 50mm f1.4 lens (I prefer to use my zoom-legs)
4. I want something small, light and easy to use

I found a D40 with 18-55mm non VR kit lens for AUS$699 and I will get the 50mm f1.4 separately. I'm not planning on using the kit zoom lens to be honest but it comes with the package.
I have now found a D60 body only available for AUS$730. Bearing in mind I don't want the kit lens, should I just get the D60 body with the 50mm lens as it's roughly the same price?

The main question is: Is the D60 body actually better than the D40? Or am I reading the reports correctly that the D40 takes a better picture - just without the bells and whistles of the D60?

The 18-55mm lens may be a useful spare lens. The electronic 'rangefinder' on the D60 may be useful if I mainly use manual focus.

Any opinions?

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