D40 still works like a charm... autumn lane

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Tilman Paulin, Nov 21, 2011.

  1. I have to say I've got a bit of a weakness for "oldie but goldie" cameras... :smile:
    Here's a shot from today's walk with my wive's D40. We were walking back to the car, this is the last light of the day... (ISO 800 using a monopod)


    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/6378583681/" title="autumn lane by tilman paulin, on Flickr"> 6378583681_34910625fc_b.jpg "681" height="1024" alt="autumn lane"></a>
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  2. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    Agreed, one of my favourite cameras. Beautiful light :smile:
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  3. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    That camera impressed me when I had one. But you might say it's the photographer :wink:
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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I have only tried a few Nikon DSLRs, and mostly for curiousities' sake more than anything, but out of the D40, D60, D80, and D90 it was the "lowly" D40 that I liked the best. Super quiet shutter, easy controls, and six very well used megapixels. The strangest thing I remember is that zoom lenses would "breathe" through the viewfinder i.e. When you had a big-zooming lens like the 18-200mm the air displaced when the lens extended or retracted could be felt coming in and out of the camera body around the viewfinder. I don't know if this was typical behaivour but it isn't something that I have noticed before or since on any other camera.

    P.S. Beautiful shot, BTW
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  5. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    I see an awful lot of great shots come from D40s. If they had live view, I'd try one out. It's a modern feature, but I can't imagine working without it now.
  6. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    That seems like ancient history nowadays. I believe even the lowliest of today's small sensor cameras use a minimum of 10 megapixels. And the D40 was APS!
  7. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    That's it exactly. It was less than two years ago that I briefly owned a D40 so I was able to compare it against some newer cameras with much higher megapixel counts. For pixel-peeping the D40 was nothing special because the super-fine detail you'd find in a 12 or 15MP image just wasn't there, but when you viewed images in their entirety they were crisp and clear and I'd expect they'd print very nicely, too.
  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    I like this - a lot.
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  9. Lili

    Lili Hall of Famer

    Oct 17, 2010
    Dallas, TX
    love this image...IMHO mp's are overrated
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  10. Thanks for all the comments! :)

    And yes, I think as well that megapixels are overrated. What happened to "6MP are enough" from a few years ago? ;) (Just kidding)
    I would probably see this a bit different if I was a pro and had to sell images to agencies or sell prints. But as things are I just have fun with the cameras I have.

    And as for the D40 - it has pretty decent highISO performance and, more importantly, it makes very, very nice out-of-camera jpegs. I still have to find a camera where I like the jpgs as much.
    I still converted this shot from raw because I could get a bit more detail out of it. But my first few steps in Lightroom were to match the OOC-jpeg colours and contrast...
    (And in hindsight I could probably have used the jpeg just as well. A little bit of softness is not a bad thing in a misty evening mood... It can be an artistic choice over the harsh "technically pixel-sharp" :)

  11. a few more D40 highlights from the last two years:

    last walk on Hampstead Heath before moving away from London:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/5428998531/" title="last sunset on the Heath... by tilman paulin, on Flickr"> 5428998531_42d0a65d46_b.jpg "681" height="1024" alt="last sunset on the Heath..."></a>

    a visit to Woburn Abbey and the deer park:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/6322073570/" title="rutting season by tilman paulin, on Flickr"> 6322073570_f011927185_b.jpg "1024" height="524" alt="rutting season"></a>

    holidays in Denmark:
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/4980918792/" title="house in the dunes by tilman paulin, on Flickr"> 4980918792_7735bd36b3_b.jpg "681" height="1024" alt="house in the dunes"></a>

  12. All beauties, Tilman, especially the second in the additional series. When I was considering my first DSLR, I debated with myself should I get a new D40 or an used D70. I went with D70, but several times l felt I made a mistake. Like now:)
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  13. a new one from last week. The clouds were amazing for a few hours...

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/6775689497/" title="I see you... :) by tilman paulin, on Flickr"> 6775689497_5828eae108_b.jpg "1024" height="681" alt="I see you... :)"></a>
  14. some time later that afternoon:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/tilman_paulin/6776025283/" title="some time later by tilman paulin, on Flickr"> 6776025283_a8de181548_b.jpg "1024" height="681" alt="some time later"></a>
  15. nikki

    nikki Top Veteran

    Sep 12, 2011
    Dublin ,Ireland
    Beautiful shots - I love the black and white on hamstead heath
  16. +1 for that, and another for Woburn Abbey Deer Park.
  17. Pelao

    Pelao All-Pro

    Jul 11, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    Some really striking photographs. beautiful stuff. Thanks for sharing.
  18. Thanks everyone for your comments! Glad you like them! :smile:
  19. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    All great images. Thanks for sharing.