"Fantastic Camera!"on by jtoepfer
Pros Great Photos, Fast Reflex, Good Lenses, Light and Compact
Cons Kit lenses feel just a bit cheap
Summary Purchased this camera 3 weeks ago (with the 18 to 135mm kit lense option...highly recommended!). I'm extremely pleased with the camera! The full Auto setting is extremely flexible...hardly any need to choose another mode. Pictures are bright and very well focused. Camera responds very rapidly (no real shutter lag). It's size a weight make it attractive to travel with. It's really exceeded my expectations..which were pretty high.
Pros Over 10 megapixels
Cons Can only use certain lenses with this camera
No bracketing on this camera so very difficult to do HDRs
Summary If you can pick one of them up for the right price then you should get it if you are looking for a great entry level digital SLR
Pros Image quality with the 55-200 VR lens is AMAZING!!! This camera has everthing a non-pro could ever need, and then some.
Cons The only negative for me is the lack of a self cleaning sensor (not really a big deal). The fact that it only works with the AF-S lenses didn't bug me.
Summary Best camera I have ever owned and am blown away by the pictures it has been delivering.
Pros Fast, Easy to Use, Priced Right, AF-S lenses
Cons Haven't really found one
Summary Come on, how can you whine about Nikon's newer baby D80? "It doesn't have the coupler pin (to use non-AF-S lenses)", good grief... How many internet sites and printed articles have tons of information about this camera? Do the research. Hey, I've shot weddings with this puppy, using my D70 as a back-up, and get great results. Can my little D40x get the same results as a fancy $5,000 camera? First, you need a fancy lens (2.8) to go with your blazing fast FPS fancy camera WITH THE SAME MPs as my 40x. By the time you have paid for your expensive toy, I've pocketed hundreds of bucks. Just how do my photos turn out as good as the expensive stuff? I'll give away the store here to help you understand: lighting. My D40x trips my strobes for front and back lighting creating wonderful (that's what I'm told) photos. Sure I'm not shooting indoor sports with my 40x, but come on, it wasn't intended as such. But I can shoot studio shots and other less intense shots with ease. Why do you need to spend thousands to get great results?
I truely have not found a negative comment for this gem of a camera. Oh, one reviewer says the D40 is better because of ISO default, but just turn the dial to P and crank up ISO to 200 and forget the rest. Presto. Wonderful shots. Need more? Kit lens stuck you at 4.5? Crank ISO to 800 on P mode. Still great shots. When I see someone complaining about this gem, they obviously don't get it. My F4 film camera was fast and one of the best and I shot thousands of sports shots with it. Then in digital my D2H (with "only 4 MP") took huge 20x30 prints -- I sold many of them. Now, I'm shooting weddings, basically studio stuff, and saving thousands of dollars by using a small camera that has the same brain as the D200, but make up the lens difference by using more lighting. Anyway, buy a D40x, and enjoy it. If you have tons of older (non-AF-S) expensive (2.8) Nikon lenses, don't buy this gem -- get the other diamond in the ruff: the D80. Shot sports? Get the D300 DX camera, or if you have deep pockets, get the D3. I teach a class in photography and in going over the Nikon cameras and the Canon cameras, while the Canon people are trying to delete a shot, we're off taking more photos. Quicker controls make Nikon a step ahead. Nikon is a Shooter's Camera. I'll tell you right now, for the average photographer (95% of you reading this) the 40x is a find for the money.
"I was thinking about buying the d40x as a back up camera to my nikon d80 but was very disappointed"on by Henry New
Pros It felt good in my hand. the controls were close enough to my d80.
Cons Can not handle older lens
Summary I needed a back up camera to my d80, I was excited about the d40x with the improve pixs. This was until I was told by the salesperson that I would not be able to use my older lens auto focus because is only will work with lens that have the auto focus switch on the lens itself. My question is why did they change this. I ques I will wait until the d300 comes out in October or maybe I will purchase the d200. As a Nikon user since the 70's this is my first disappiontment.