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Why is a D40 just for beginners?

Stankley

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Stankley Registered since 21st Nov 2006
Thu 14-Dec-06 11:29 AM

I've been considering getting a D40 as a step up from a P&S. I've had film SLRs in the past, but turned to P&S when we entered the digital age because of the cost of dSLRs. Well, now that has changed, and for $600US I can get myself a well-reviewed SLR in the form of a D40.

I've read comments in this forum and other newsgroups, and have seen many comments which indicate that the D40 is a good step up from a P&S, is a wise choice for beginners, etc. What I'm having a hard time understanding is where are the limitations in this camera, and why is it cast with some aspersions from seasoned photographers?

From reading the specs, it offers full manual control, exposure compensation, multiple focussing modes, RAW support, unlimited shooting at 2.5fps, etc. What's missing then? What makes this camera a 'glorified P&S' (as I read somewhere)?

I realize that it only supports AF-S lenses, and that I will be limiting my lens choices... at least until Nikon starts producing more AF-S lenses. And I realize the body is plastic, so shouldn't be my choice for shooting in a warzone. But these seem to be the only limitation. Sure, it has fancy menus and help text that a pro clearly isn't going to be interested in, but you don't have to use any of that.

Is it just snobbery and elitism that evokes the 'OK for beginners' comment?

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