Nikon Cameras: P80, P90, D40

So I think we've narrowed down our camera search to one of these three. Does anyone have one of the them?

If so, which one?

If you have the D40 - What do you like about it? Not like about it? Did you find it was easy to learn to use?

If you have the P80 or P90 - What do you like about it? Not like about it? How is the shutter speed? Do you feel like you're able to get great shots of moving objects? Do you ever use the full zoom?

Thanks

ETA: Oh and please post a couple pics you've taken with the camera if you have one of them -- if you don't mind!
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
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I have the D40 & I really like it. I wanted a DSLR & it was a decent price. I'll post some pics- just a sec...


I'm sure it can do better, but I am still learning!
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Last edited by shellibean; 04-08-2009 at 10:17 AM.
Great pic Shelli... R is adorable

I forgot to ask... those with the D40 what lens(es) do you use? Do you find yourself using just one lens and being okay with it?
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
I can't remember if I gave you the link to this website on your first thread or not. I know you're looking for anecdotal reviews, but this site has really good reviews and information about what makes different models better or worse than each other. I like the section where they list the best cameras.
For now, I just have the lens that came with it. I really want/need another one though.... I want one that can REALLY do some zooming!
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I have the D-40, I love it. Although you can get a d60 or d80 for the same amount I got mine for last year. Prices have fallen dramatically.

I suggest with any of the dslr camera that you forgo the standrad 18-55mm lense and upgrade your kit to a 55-200mm lense as it's really a more multi-purpose lense.

After that spend a few extra bucks to get a good flash and some filters and you've got a great camera.

I have tons of pictures but need to spend some time trying to make the file size smaller. Everything is highres. right now.
Loosecurls has a Nikon D40, I believe, and it takes great pictures!

Here's a review of the D40.

Make sure to look at the pictures of his kids. Scroll down and you can see which images he took with his D40. Amazing little camera. Here's one picture:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/katie/index.htm

I don't know anything about the other two models.

Good luck with your decision!
I was just about to post a link to Ken Rockwell's site; it's really an amazing site and he's got great reviews and advice. He was an engineer with basically more money than he knows what to do with so he's put his efforts into reviewing camera gear for merit, not price tag. In the end, he's absolutely right: you can take good pictures with any camera; it's just easier with certain equipment.

SO and I have a Nikon D70 which is comparable to the D40 that you're looking at. Ours has a few more features that you're probably not interested in and the D40 is more compact, which most people like. Also, the lens that comes on the D40 is actually a really good lens; maybe even better than the one that comes on the D70. We haven't invested in a different lens and are perfectly happy with the one we have. Maybe someday we'll be able to afford a macro lens, though. However, we did invest in a nice flash and a few filters for fun, too. SO recommends a UV filter to protect your lens.

Good luck making your decision!

ETA: Here's a link to my fotki with a few pictures taken with the D70. The first two have been finagled with in Photoshop, but the last two are straight-out-of-camera.
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Last edited by lauraloo; 04-08-2009 at 02:50 PM.
SO and I have a Nikon D70 which is comparable to the D40 that you're looking at. Ours has a few more features that you're probably not interested in and the D40 is more compact, which most people like. Also, the lens that comes on the D40 is actually a really good lens; maybe even better than the one that comes on the D70. We haven't invested in a different lens and are perfectly happy with the one we have. Maybe someday we'll be able to afford a macro lens, though. However, we did invest in a nice flash and a few filters for fun, too. SO recommends a UV filter to protect your lens.

Good luck making your decision!
Originally Posted by lauraloo
We have the D70 also. So many features than I know what to do with. It takes great pictures but I know I could do a lot better if I utilized all of its features. I'm thinking of buying Thom Hogan's eBook because the D70 manual is not very user-friendly. I got the kit lens with my D70, but I also have a 28-105mm Nikkor lens, as well as the 85mm f/1.8 AF portrait lens (from my old N80). But I could use a 50mm f/1.4 AF lens too! Maybe one day.
Ken Rockwell's site was the one that really pushed me to consider the D40 along with the P80 (though he doesn't review the P80).

I like the compactness of the D40 -- we're not looking for something too big to lug around.

Lauraloo, I'm glad to hear what you say about the lens with the D40. It seems that most beginning users are quite happy with just that lens.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
I can't remember if I gave you the link to this website on your first thread or not. I know you're looking for anecdotal reviews, but this site has really good reviews and information about what makes different models better or worse than each other. I like the section where they list the best cameras.
Originally Posted by mrspoppers
Thanks, I'll have to check it out.

I have the D-40, I love it. Although you can get a d60 or d80 for the same amount I got mine for last year. Prices have fallen dramatically.
Originally Posted by InissantAngel
The price tag on the D40 is about the same as the P90 (which is around $100 more than the P80). We wouldn't really go above that in price. But I'm happy to hear that you love your D40.
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!
So I found a great deal on a D40 -- even though it will be a couple weeks or longer before we buy.

Those that use the D40 do you use the lens it comes with or did you purchase another to use?
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Originally Posted by Poodlehead
Ah, it all makes sense now. Goldy is the puppet master!

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