Outdoor Photographer - June 2007
Friday, June 1, 2007
The most compact and lowest-priced Nikon D-SLR ever is a good one
Long renowned for its high-end pro film and digital cameras, Nikon has now introduced one of the lowest-priced D-SLRs ever. The new D40 is an entry-level model with simple operation, very good performance, lots of features and a list price less than $600, including an 18-55mm Nikkor zoom lens. It’s also light and compact, so you can carry the D40 on just about any outdoor photography outing.
Because the D40 doesn’t incorporate an AF motor, autofocusing is available only with lenses that have one: AF-S and AF-I Nikkors. (Other AF-Nikkor lenses can be used on the camera, but won’t autofocus.) This isn’t a big deal because few D40 buyers will already have an arsenal of older Nikkor lenses, and Nikon offers 22 AF-S lenses, from 12-24mm to 600mm, plus three AF-S teleconverters (1.4x, 1.7x and 2x). Taking into account the camera’s 1.5x focal-length factor, this means 35mm camera-equivalent focal lengths of 18mm to 1800mm are available—with autofocusing—to D40 users.
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