#1. "RE: Updrade my D40 to D5100" In response to Reply # 0
> I take it this would be a big step up from my ageing D40.
In some ways, sure. The files are surely much bigger. You can print them up to about 45 x 60 or so, whereas the 6mp ones from the D40 can only be printed to about 20 x 30 (ie the size of a door, rather than merely the size of a window). You can shoot at 4 fps instead of 2.5 fps. There's a video mode. The AF system is more advanced and has various tracking modes. High ISO is drastically better - a usable ISO 6400 compared to a not-really usable 1600, so at least two stops better and probably a bit more. There's the articulating LCD, plus some bracketing features.
Of these, I'd say the only thing that affects almost every user would be the high ISO. For example there are very few D40 users who make 20 x 30" prints more than once in a blue moon.
> All my lenses are autofocus.
The D5100, like the 5000/3100/3000/40/40x/60 does not AF with all "auto focus" lenses, but fortunately for your situation if they AF on the D40 they will also AF on the D5100.
> My friend is coming over from the states in May is it worth her bringing it over for me ?
"Just cuz I want it" is a fine reason to buy it, but I'm not hearing that you've encountered the limitations of your D40, so from a purely rational point of view I'd advise keeping your cash in your pocket. And that's really only answering the question "is it worthwhile to upgrade this?"
As far as buying the US and importing it to the UK... I only know about the reverse situation with certainty, but consider the following:
- import duties are probably non-trivial. - check your EU consumer protection laws. Going the other direction, US law permits Nikon to refuse to service a camera imported by anyone other than themselves, and they generally avail themselves of this opportunity. I'm pretty sure that the EU/UK laws are stronger, but you'd wise to check in advance. - remember that US prices, unlike UK prices, customarily do not include sales tax. And in some parts of the US, local sales tax approaches 10%. This is particularly true in NY and California, prominent places to buy in the US, where the sale taxes are around 9%. If you see something at $1000, you'll actually have to plunk down $1090 or so - plus the import duty to get it into the UK.
_____ Brian... a bicoastal Nikonian and Team Member
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