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Old Jul 25, 2009, 12:03 AM   #1
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Default this is going to be confusing, probably.

i am wanting to get more involved with photography, but i have many questions about the equipment.

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so a year or two back i got a nikon d40.
i was/am new to photography so i really enjoyed how it told me what certain things were, how they worked, blah blah blah.
i feel like it's a good camera for what i use it for, but the pictures don't have the best quality all the time.

i have standard lenses... the 18mm-55mm lens it came with, and then a 55mm-200mm lens that i bought separate.

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what lenses should i get, or, should i just get a new camera all together ?
[that probably wouldn't happen, but no harm in offering.]

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Old Jul 25, 2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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mekenna-

In a lot of people's view, the Nikon D-40 is an excellent camera.

If you desire more zoom and VR, as well, then perhaps you should realistically consider the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens.

What, very specifically, is your problem with the Nikon D-40 camera?

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Old Jul 25, 2009, 1:10 AM   #3
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a lot of times i don't get a nice, crisp looking photos.
they'll look very noisey, even when noise reduction is off.
this is for many of the settings on it.

my boyfriend has a canon rebel xti... and i absolutely love it.
i've compared the quick snapshots i've taken with his camera to the serious ones i've taken with mine, and the difference is huge.
i have no clue what lenses he has though. :/.
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Maybe post examples of your photos that you find too noisy.
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Perhaps you could tell us what types of photos you like to take, and maybe even post some examples of the photos you've taken that you're not satisfied with.
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Old Jul 25, 2009, 11:32 AM   #6
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unfortunately, i delete way too many pictures for my own good.
so.
the only pictures i have left are the ones that i think are decent.
that doesn't include the ones with noise. :/.
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Default The Nikon D-40 with the Nikon SB-400 Flash

mekenna-

Yes, the Nikon D-40 will show a lot of noise when used at high ISO settings. Most D-40 users added the small Nikon SB-400 flash unit which allows them to take sharp, crisp photos using low ISO settings.

The SB-400 flash is pleasantly small in size and price. It will bounce, but it does not swivel. Here is how the SB-400 looks on the D-40 camera.

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they'll look very noisey, even when noise reduction is off.
this is for many of the settings on it.

Are you then doing noise reduction in post processing? Otherwise I'd expect the noise to go up with NR turned off.

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It is unfortunate to have to say it, but the most likely problem is that you don't know enough to get the best from your camera.

The D40 is a fine camera and capable of excellent results under a wide range of circumstances.

A DSLR is not a P&S and the more expensive your camera and lenses get the more knowledge is expected from the photographer, and the less work the camera will do for you.

The most likely scenario if you spend lots more money on a more advanced but less automated camera is that your pictures will get worse.
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my boyfriend has a canon rebel xti... and i absolutely love it.
i've compared the quick snapshots i've taken with his camera to the serious ones i've taken with mine, and the difference is huge.
He probably uses aperture and shutter priority in difficult shooting situations and adjusts the ISO to get the best looking picture.

You can't expect a camera to take consistently good shots in complete Auto mode unless you're shooting outdoors in good light or shooting indoors with your flash on and the subject is within 10 or 15 feet.
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