...to the Nikon D60/D50/D40 Users Group and to my D40! I just ordered a D5000. Decided to take the plunge and upgrade but my D40 will go to a good home. My oldest daughter has a great eye for photography so she will inherit the D40. Should have the D5000 in a few days. Received Understanding Exposure today so all I need to do now is put it all together and see what happens. Thanks to all who helped me and made suggestions.
Congratulations on the D5000! But may I suggest that you use the D40 as a second body when your daughter isn't using it, or if she doesn't want it.
When I stepped up from a D50 to a D200 (I had 2 D50's), I kept my original D50 as a second body. It has given me a lot of flexibility shooting with different focal length lenses on the two bodies rather than switching lenses as I shot. I have missed fewer shots by just grabbing the other body with a different lens. Plus, it keeps the sensors cleaner not always having to swap lenses out in the field.
Just my $.02, but I wanted to give you a different opinion. Have fun!
#6. "RE: Bye-bye..." In response to Reply # 0 Fri 02-Jul-10 11:41 PM by musical
hi furry, I want to wish you the very best.
I took this sunset yesterday and I almost didn't take the extra time to take a picture. An electric wire is always in the way. I knew I could wander across the road. But the neighbor across the street hasn't been so friendly this year, so I hid in his bushes and then suddenly the trees claw their fingers into the picture making it even better. 'Twas a wonderful day with a high of 75 and a low of 48... and so with that wistful feeling I wish you the very best with your pictures. Every time I leave my own camera behind I regret it. Alas, you've given your daughter the gift of a camera, and one with a nice résumé, too. It's the sunset of your D40 time here but giddyap, onward, and tally ho. Who was that one furry cat??
#8. "RE: Bye-bye..." In response to Reply # 0 Sat 03-Jul-10 11:16 AM by furry1
Thank you all for your "well-wishes", advice and sense of humor!! It's funny, after posting this farewell sort of message and thinking about passing my D40 on to my daughter I got a little twinge of maybe selfishness or separation anxiety. She doesn't know yet about this since she has been out of town all week. Would I be a bad mom if I shared it with her??? Anyway, the new D5000 was waiting for me when I arrived home from work last night. Nice shot, Musical!
Congrats on the D5000! It's a great camera and will serve you well. I purchased a D300s about 6 months ago and absolutely love it But I have my trusty D60 in my backpack as a backup. Running two camera bodies in the field does make a lot of sense. You don't need to change lenses as often if ever. No, I don't think you would be a bad mom if you shared your D40 with her. Just my two cents. Enjoy