Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I took the plunge!

I have decided to go for the humble Nikon DSLR D40 instead of D80. In view that there isn’t much difference between those two cameras (by the way, you can buy two D40s for the price of one D80), I have decided to settle for a D40 and throw in some extras such as the SB400 speedlight and 18-200mm lens. I’ve used it (with the 18-55mm lens) during the recent company event in Genting Highlands and loved it!

The D40:

  • Uses the same sensor as the D80 – same technology
  • Is much more sensitive to light
  • Has flash sync speed of 1/500 second vs. the D80 1/250 second (makes huge difference when shooting with flash)
  • Has the same flash as the D80 – which is why I also ordered the SB400 speedlight to produce great indoor photos which bounce off direct flash that tends to wash out colours
  • Comes with the great 18-55mm lens that is light-weight; the camera with the lens mounted is still light and makes shooting a breeze
  • Has the same LCD as the D80

With the purchase, I get a 2GB memory card, a tripod, screen protector, and a bag. Not too bad a deal! The only thing outstanding now is to collect them this Friday. AND to persuade my ‘hot date’ to lunch at the shopping mall where the camera is sold so that I can collect my darling!

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The Nikon DSLR D40

AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

SB400 Speedlight
(Update @ 25 April: I took the SB600 instead of the one above)