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Old May 3, 2014, 5:13 PM   #1
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Hi I just got my very first dslr today, a Nikon D40. I know it's an old model but never having had one before and not having a big budget I thought it would be ok for a complete newbie to DSLR photography.
It came with an 58-55mm lens a 55-200 mm lens and a 0.45 macro lens.
Does any one still have this camera and what tips would you give?
Thanks in advance.
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Old May 3, 2014, 5:49 PM   #2
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I still have a D40 along with my D90, another "old" model. The D40 is a super camera. The best tip I can give you would be to just get out there and start shooting pictures. Use the different settings, follow the manual if you want and find out what's working best for you. I like to shoot raw (NEF) files With both cameras. I get what I consider to be better results that way. You said the camera came with a 58-55 mm lens. I think you probably meant 18-55 mm. I would recommend that you stick primarily with that lens for the first little while. It will help you get your feet on the ground more quickly.
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Thanks jphess. It was of course an 18-55,, lens.
I am brain frazzled trying to learn how to use it.
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Consider Nikon's Learn and Explore resources.
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I know how frustrating it can be trying to get your head around a new camera. I would suggest that you try the A mode (aperture preferred) and the P (program mode) and just evaluate the results. In the P mode try changing the settings with the thumbwheel just to see what difference that makes in your images. The nice thing about digital is that you can take all the pictures you want and it isn't going to cost you anything or hurt anything. I think you will quickly get a feel for the camera.

With both of my cameras, I usually prefer shooting in the aperture preferred mode. I seem to get my most consistent results that way. I like to set the aperture between f/8 and f/11 most of the time. For me that range seems to work well. What type of pictures are you going to be taking most of the time?
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Have fun with your D40 Eysha- it's still a fine camera and the lenses you have will enable you to capture a great deal to begin with...
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Thank you TCav, I will investigate that link.
Thanks jphess, I am finding it difficult but will keep going.
Simon40, not sure about fun, but headaches yes, lol.
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Hi I just got my very first dslr today, a Nikon D40. ... Does any one still have this camera and what tips would you give? Thanks in advance. E.
Ah Eysha, me ol' mate from the other side of the world

Well Done - you've finally made it all happen and started your climb up the dSLR world of possibilities

As others ^^ have offered, start with "Professional" for lots of things, note the sort of Speeds & Apertures the camera is giving you in all sorts of situations, then experiment with "A"perture mode & "S"hutter mode as the mood takes you

Whoopie !!
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Thanks Phil, I am trying, lol.
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