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KatieNK Registered since 01st Sep 2010Thu 02-Sep-10 01:46 AM
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"Some newbie questions about my D40"


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Hi everyone,

I am trying to figure out my Nikon D40 and I have a few questions, they are probably really dumb!

1) How do I turn off the annoying light on the front that shines before the flash fires? I know it is for red-eye reduction but I have changed the flash settings to plain flash/lightening bolt (no eye ball icon) and the light still comes on...

2) I can't get the continuous mode to work. I thought if you pressed the shutter button down and held it down, that it would continue taking pictures... am I wrong?

3) Can you adjust the exposure in auto mode? I want to turn it down a tad but it won't let me in auto, that I know of..

I had more but I answered them myself after I typed them, but I am sure I will be back with more.

Thank you!!!

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 02-Sep-10 05:24 AM
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#1. "RE: Some newbie questions about my D40"
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Hi Katie,


>I am trying to figure out my Nikon D40 and I have a few
>questions, they are probably really dumb!

The only dumb question is the one that was never asked!

>1) How do I turn off the annoying light on the front that
>shines before the flash fires? I know it is for red-eye
>reduction but I have changed the flash settings to plain
>flash/lightening bolt (no eye ball icon) and the light still
>comes on...

Go into the Custom Settings Menu (Wrench icon)
Custom Swtting 09 AF-assist switch it from On to Off!
See page 76 of the D40 Users Manual.

>2) I can't get the continuous mode to work. I thought if you
>pressed the shutter button down and held it down, that it
>would continue taking pictures... am I wrong?

Go into the Shooting Mode via the "info" button.
See page 32 of the D40 Users Manual.

>3) Can you adjust the exposure in auto mode? I want to turn it
>down a tad but it won't let me in auto, that I know of..

No! If you want to start to take some control of the exposure you can use Program exposure mode and Exposure Compensation.
Exposure Compensation is available only in P,S, & A modes and will skew the meter in M (Manual) exposure mode.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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KatieNK Registered since 01st Sep 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 03:50 PM
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Thanks! That was helpful. I still cannot shoot in continuous mode. I have chosen that setting under the shooting menu but when I press and hold the shutter, it only takes one picture. I guess I am doing something wrong. The only manual I have is in Spanish, which I don't speak! So I was hoping you all could help, thanks!

  

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Inchpractice Registered since 20th Aug 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 04:57 PM
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>Thanks! That was helpful. I still cannot shoot in continuous
>mode. I have chosen that setting under the shooting menu but
>when I press and hold the shutter, it only takes one picture.
>I guess I am doing something wrong. The only manual I have is
>in Spanish, which I don't speak! So I was hoping you all could
>help, thanks!


Hi Katie,

On the back of the camera press Menu, then use the command dial on the right side of the screen to scroll down and select Custom Setting Menu (pencil logo), then 04 Shooting Mode, then OK, then scroll down to Continuous Mode and select it by pressing OK.

That should do it.

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 04-Sep-10 05:15 PM
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Hi Katie,

You can get a pdf version of the D40 Users Manual at the following link: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/14157

As for the problem you are having with Continuous mode:
Do you have the built in Speedlight up? If the Speedlight is On, the Camera will wait for the Capacitor to recycle before you can release the shutter for a second shot.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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geoffmalter Registered since 25th Feb 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 09:08 PM
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IMO better than the Nikon booklet and/or their pdf file, regardless of what you think of him, Ken Rockwell has an excellent D40 "owners guide" on his website kenrockwell.com. It's what I used when I got my D40.

BTW congrats on your choice. Despite a few uninformed people and/or gearheads, even being four year-old technology, the D40 is considered by the overwhelming majority of Nikon loyalists as a great piece of hardware. It's currently my one and only DSLR.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

  

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KatieNK Registered since 01st Sep 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 09:20 PM
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Thanks everyone!

And yes, I agree it is a great camera!

  

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geoffmalter Registered since 25th Feb 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 11:12 PM
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Katie, one suggestion I will make, if you haven't done it already, and budget permitting, change out the Nikon strap for an aftermarket one. I didn't like the way the factory strap dug into my shoulder after a time, so I purchased a new, very comfortable (in my case it's an Opt/Tech: shoulder portion is wide, thick and made of neoprene - wet suit material) strap,for approx $20.

I also didn't want the bold yellow Nikon lettering to advertise to strangers that I carry Nikon gear.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

  

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KatieNK Registered since 01st Sep 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 11:24 PM
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>Katie, one suggestion I will make, if you haven't done it
>already, and budget permitting, change out the Nikon strap for
>an aftermarket one. I didn't like the way the factory strap
>dug into my shoulder after a time, so I purchased a new, very
>comfortable (in my case it's an Opt/Tech: shoulder portion is
>wide, thick and made of neoprene - wet suit material)
>strap,for approx $20.
>
>I also didn't want the bold yellow Nikon lettering to
>advertise to strangers that I carry Nikon gear.

Great suggestion, thanks!

  

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gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005Sat 04-Sep-10 09:25 PM
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As noted the PDF version of the Nikon user guide. If you register, you can print the guide or pages.

Complete Guide to the Nikon D40 and D40x by Thom Hogan
Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide by David Busch

George
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KatieNK Registered since 01st Sep 2010Sat 04-Sep-10 10:18 PM
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One more question. Somehow I turned on the highlight feature during the image review. Where I guess an area that is too bright flashes? How do I turn that off? Thanks

  

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rectangularimage Silver Member Nikonian since 01st Oct 2009Sun 05-Sep-10 01:41 AM
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>One more question. Somehow I turned on the highlight feature
>during the image review. Where I guess an area that is too
>bright flashes? How do I turn that off? Thanks

The round 4 way selector on the back with the "OK" button in the middle - clicking that up or down cycles between display modes: data, more data, blinking highlights, histogram, and plain image.

...Mike

My website | My Nikonians gallery

  

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KatieNK Registered since 01st Sep 2010Sun 05-Sep-10 06:56 PM
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>>One more question. Somehow I turned on the highlight
>feature
>>during the image review. Where I guess an area that is
>too
>>bright flashes? How do I turn that off? Thanks
>
>The round 4 way selector on the back with the "OK"
>button in the middle - clicking that up or down cycles between
>display modes: data, more data, blinking highlights,
>histogram, and plain image.
>
>...Mike

Thanks!!

  

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