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Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:05 AM

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I was ready to buy a Pentax K100D when Nikon announced the D40. So, I waited. After comparing the two cameras, I opted for the D40 mainly for its fast response and light weight. I received it a little over a week ago and I'm already impressed with its performance. However, I am a bit disappointed with its built-in flash (I have to crank it up to +0.7 in order to get decent coverage) and picture softness (I'm using custom setting "medium high"). Although I haven't had a chance to explore all its settings, I have explore its ISO andmacro capabilities. I've also tried something I haven't read anywhere. I've attached my Ricoh 1.5x tele converter (I use it with my Pana FZ20 and Sony H1) to the kit lens (both are 52mm mount) and took some pictures. I was amazed with the results. Not only the camera metered correctly but it focused accurately as well. I haven't seen very many D40 pictures posted here, so I hope you'll enjoy it!

D40 + Ricoh TC200M

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:06 AM

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D40 + Ricoh TC200M

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:09 AM

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D40 + Ricoh TC200M

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:10 AM

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D40 + Ricoh TC200M

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:11 AM

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D40 + Ricoh TC200M

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:12 AM

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The following pictures were taken with the kit lens.

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:13 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:15 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:16 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:17 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:17 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:19 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm - indoor, low light

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:21 AM

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D40 w/18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:22 AM

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D40 w/ 18-55mm

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:44 AM

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D40 w/ Raynox DCR6600 PROWA converter attached to the KIT lens. The WA converter significantly increases the field of view. However, it's pretty much useless since it produces very soft edges at full wide angle. Oh well...at least the tele converter works!

Aero Jan 22, 2007 6:40 AM

Looks fine to me! Is that converter heavy? I have one very massive old sony teleconverter and afrait to use it with (Nikon D50) kit lens. It might broken because it's plastic.

Sharp images in that sizes, must say!

- Aero

mtclimber Jan 22, 2007 7:52 AM

Tullio-

Impressive images. Thanks for posting. But now to the flash problem. You complain about under exposure, and having to use Exposure Compensation to +0.7. Where or what is the ISO setting being used? Can you provide a sample photo?

This might be as simple as just increasing the ISO setting.

MT/Sarah

JDar Jan 22, 2007 8:15 AM

You've put me one step closer to buying the D-40, and thanks for the tip about the RIcoh tele-converter. You are getting great results and the D-40 has enough settings to give exactly what you want.

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 11:20 AM

Thanks to all of you for your comments.

Aero, the two converters I have are very compact, specially the Ricoh tele. It's an excellent piece of glass and so far, it has worked with my FZ20, H1 and now the D40. The greatest advantage of these two converters I have is the fact that theyboth have a 52mm mount, so no need for astep up ring. I also have an Olympus TCON 14B 1.45xand a Sony 1.7x tele converters.Even though the Olympus is an awesome lens (it allows you to take macro shots through it), it's huge and very very heavy. I would not even think aboutattaching it to the cheap plastic thread of the D40 kit lens. The Sony is bigger than the Ricohbut it's not a heavy lens and ithas more magnification.However, the difference between 1.5x and 1.7x is not that greatso I'll probably stick to the Ricohto get a bit closer to the subject.

Sarah, I have the camera set to ISO 200 and ISO AUTOON. Theoretically, the camera should pick the proper ISO setting according to the available light. This indeedoccurs if flash is not being used. However, itappears that when flash is used, the camera sticks to the ISO setting (200 in my case).Very poor implementation of flash/ISOif you ask me. Irregardless whether I'm using flash or not, the camera should meter the light, select the appropriate ISO and adjust the flash accordingly. I should not have tomess around with ISO settings justbecause I'm using flash.I'll provide an image when I get home tonight.

JDar, I was skeptical when I first thought of using a tele converter on a dSLR camera. As I mentioned, I haven't read any one doing such a thing. But, I'm glad I did try it. The use of theWA converter may be limited to wide open landscape shot whereblurred edgesmay not be as obvious.

mtclimber Jan 22, 2007 12:15 PM

Tullio-

I agree with you. The flash should work properly, and ISO 200 should certainly be sufficient. That only leaves the range. Was the subject decidedly beyond 15 feet?

That is the last factor to consider.

MT/Sarah

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 1:06 PM

Oh yes, most shots were taken in the family room, so no more than 7-8 feet from the camera. The subjects close to the camera were well exposed but the surrounding area (within less than 10 feet) was in the dark. My Sony H1 has a better flash output than the D40.

Talking about ISO (as you suggested previously), I think that the ISO settingand ISO AUTO on the D40is a ridiculous implementation of the AUTO ISO. See, in P/S/A/M modes, you can not choose AUTO ISO. You must pick a value. The way to get the AUTO ISO then is by turning ISO AUTO (a different feature in a different menu), ON. Thiscombination works as if you had set the ISO to AUTO. The camera starts with the set ISO value (say 200) and it increases it as needed up to 1600. If you want to go higher (the equivalent to 3200), you must forcethe ISO to HI. The question is, why not enable AUTO ISO in P/S/A/M modes to begin with??? AUTO ISO is only available if the camera is in AUTO MODE or in one of the preset modes. Silly, really!

Flaco Jan 22, 2007 7:13 PM

Wow, those are some nice photos. I thought about the D40, but ended up getting the K100d. I'm happy with it



Greta shots

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 9:42 PM

Thanks, Flaco. Funny you said that. I'm so disappointed with the flash performance and image softnessof this camera that I'm thinking about getting a K100D and selling this one on eBaybecause Beachcamera charges a 10-20% re-stocking fee + s/h(I even got a spare Nikon battery for it). Can you post some images from your K100D? What are the pros and cons? You can send me a PM on the subject if you wish since this is a Nikon forum.

camalot Jan 22, 2007 10:02 PM

Tullio,

What great shots and GREAT timing! I just ordered my D40 yesterday and it is on its way to me already. I labored and sweated over all the pros and cons of the limited lense issue as I really love lots of zoom and very close macro, and do not have endless funds for the limited list of high priced lenses. But the D40 felt absolutely perfect to hold, likeit was made for my small hands, and I couldn't ignore it. I tried so hard to like the D50 but the grip was just too big for me. Your photos and the converter idea have assured me that I made a good choice. I should have only one additional lense to save for now, that big bad boy 70-300 zoom. I think I have macro covered for now with the converter.

I learned off an old Minolta T102 with manual EVERYTHING, so I think I will be in heaven with the D40. I can hardly wait for the purple truck! After a string of "make do" cameras, I think Iwill finally have the camera that I will not outgrow for a looooonnnng time. Thanks for the post. It made my day.

Camalot

Tullio Jan 22, 2007 10:55 PM

Thanks, Camalot. The D40 did feel right at the first time I held it. I did not want a camera much larger than the D40. A have a few friends who have the D50/D80 and I find them a bit too big for me. I hope you enjoy your new toy!

JDar Jan 24, 2007 7:14 AM

Tullio wrote:
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Talking about ISO (as you suggested previously), I think that the ISO setting and ISO AUTO on the D40 is a ridiculous implementation of the AUTO ISO. See, in P/S/A/M modes, you can not choose AUTO ISO. You must pick a value. The way to get the AUTO ISO then is by turning ISO AUTO (a different feature in a different menu), ON. This combination works as if you had set the ISO to AUTO. The camera starts with the set ISO value (say 200) and it increases it as needed up to 1600. If you want to go higher (the equivalent to 3200), you must force the ISO to HI. The question is, why not enable AUTO ISO in P/S/A/M modes to begin with??? AUTO ISO is only available if the camera is in AUTO MODE or in one of the preset modes. Silly, really!
Tullio,

If you are shooting in Auto P you still have control of aperture and shutter speed with the dial (or the camera will select if you don't move the dial,) and in Custom 10 you can set the point at which ISO Auto will begin to increase the ISO speed. At least that's my impression.

Once you get the in-camera settings what you need for exposure, sharpening, etc., it should be making very good images for you.

Tullio Jan 24, 2007 4:17 PM

Thanks for your reply, JDar. The P* mode does notgive methe full aperture range (as you get in A mode). So, I tend to either use P or A. Yes, I can setthe ISO sensitivity to any value between 200 and3200. Then, if I have ISO AUTO turnedON, the camera will increase the ISO (from the value I have set) up to 1600. So, to get ISO 3200, I have to force it in the ISO sensitivity setting. The thing is, when you use flash, the camera does not seem to automatically increase the ISO from its original value. In my case, I have the initial ISO set to 200 so every shot taken w/ flash, had the ISO set to 200. Because the images were dark, not only I have to increase the flash output but I also have to increase the ISO to allow more light in.

mtclimber Jan 24, 2007 5:26 PM

Camalot-

Welcome to the Nikon D-40 club. After seeing Tullio's images, I too ordered a D-40. The Nikkor 18-200mm VR seems to be the ideal lens, but it is very hard to find. Instead, I am looking at the Nikkor 70-300mmVR lens, I just hope it is not huge.

MT/Sarah

camalot Jan 24, 2007 5:57 PM

Thanks, Sarah. I think you gave me some words of advice when I was in the midst of analysis paralysis a few weeks ago whether to go super zoom or dslr. As you can see, I finally made the decision. And just in time! My poor husband was just about at the point of drooling and humming in a corner of the closet with all my yammering on about what to do....The new toy was on my doorstep today when I got home from work and I am emersed in the manual and all the cool buttons and menu selections. I admit, when I first fired it up I kind of froze for a few moments and thought, "Holy cow, what have I done???" But I am over that now and ready to dive right in. Heck, I'm a collige grajuit. How hard can it be?

Thanks again!

Camalot

mtclimber Jan 24, 2007 7:28 PM

Camalot-

Have fun withyour Nikon D-40. I am sure it is a great camera. I have owned the D-70 and I am really looking forward to the arrival of my D-40. The main issue is to stretch your imagination, your expectations, and anything that has limited you in the past.

Let this be a creative and fun experience. I will look forward to your posting of your favorite D-40 photos. Best of luck to you.

MT/Sarah

Tullio Jan 24, 2007 11:19 PM

Glad to hear my pics helped some of you make up your minds and get the D40. It's a fun camera. I've posted some more D40 pics in a different topic. Check it out!

wisely_foolish Jan 26, 2007 12:05 AM

Hi Tullio!

Good to see you again and welcome to the nikon forum! I'm very glad to hear your having good fun with the D40 =) It's a good camera and I am sure, from the pics you have taken with your H1, you will get alot out of this lil gem =) by the way, what happened to your H1? still using it?

Cheers,

Peter

Tullio wrote:
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I was ready to buy a Pentax K100D when Nikon announced the D40. So, I waited. After comparing the two cameras, I opted for the D40 mainly for its fast response and light weight. I received it a little over a week ago and I'm already impressed with its performance. However, I am a bit disappointed with its built-in flash (I have to crank it up to +0.7 in order to get decent coverage) and picture softness (I'm using custom setting "medium high"). Although I haven't had a chance to explore all its settings, I have explore its ISO andmacro capabilities. I've also tried something I haven't read anywhere. I've attached my Ricoh 1.5x tele converter (I use it with my Pana FZ20 and Sony H1) to the kit lens (both are 52mm mount) and took some pictures. I was amazed with the results. Not only the camera metered correctly but it focused accurately as well. I haven't seen very many D40 pictures posted here, so I hope you'll enjoy it!

D40 + Ricoh TC200M

Tullio Jan 26, 2007 12:43 PM

Hi Peter,

Good to be back and thanks for the welcoming. I haven't really had a chance to do much with my D40 yet.Iwant to test somecamera settings so I understand the difference between them andhow they affectthe image.

As for the H1, I still use it frequently. It has a very powerful built-in flash (much better than the D40 actually), which is great forparty shots and havingthe 12x zoom is very convenient.

Cheers,

Tullio.




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