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Old Apr 21, 2010, 6:29 PM   #11
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There is really no way to know. A lot would depend on how it's taken care of. Shutter count also comes into it (as you have moving parts that can wear over time). But, luck also comes into it.

I've got a Nikon Coolpix 950 (non-dSLR model with no mirror to worry about) bought about 10 years ago that still works, except that the internal battery or capacitor for keeping the date/time quit working years ago (so, each time you swap the AA batteries, you have to set the date/time again, which is no big deal). I've got *much* older SLR film cameras that still work fine.

But, a camera could break the next day, even if it's brand new. ;-)
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Old Apr 21, 2010, 7:47 PM   #12
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Well, it back to the OP, Chelleb-

Are you going to stay with the a Nikon D-40 replacement, or are you going to upgrade and stay within the Niikon Brand, or will you opt for a different P+S camera or DSLR??

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I'm pricing things out and seeing what makes sense, especially with the packages I am seeing out right now.

I am definitely staying with Nikon. Before Nikon I had a Canon Powershot, and while it is a bit like apples and oranges comparing to a DSLR, I have been exponentially happy with Nikon.

I like the suggestion of swapping out my old kit lens so I can have VR on that too. I can at least salvage some money on ebay.

Best buy is offering some nice financing, so I am going to see if it might make sense to get the D90 because we could spread it out over 36 months. As far as what makes most sense money wise it's got to be a used D-40, but I just hate the idea of buying the same camera twice--I feel like I am wasting my money!
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Old Apr 21, 2010, 8:37 PM   #14
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Be sure to physically handle any camera you are seriously considering. How a camera feel in hand is very important. How your hands and fingers span the camera control is the next issue to be concerned about, and determining cases, carrying straps and the like also plays a part in the decision process.

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Old Apr 24, 2010, 9:46 PM   #15
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Just wanted to update:
I got the d90 with the kit lens and replaced the 55-200vr in that package. Also grabbed 55mm 1.8D.

HOLY COW I could not be happier. I really thought my picture qualities with my old D40 was solely me needing to get better, but I am getting astronomically better shots with the D90 after having it for 2 days. I am amazed at how much better this camera is!
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Congradulations! I'm glad that you're pleased witht he D90. It's a heck of a camera.
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