New Nikon Cashback Promotion: Nikon D40 plus 18-55mm lens kit £232.16 (inc. cashback) @Amazon - HotUKDeals
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New Nikon Summer Cashback Promotion

Nikon have increased their cashback by £10 to £40 for the D40 and £60 for the D60.

That makes the cheapest D40 (from Amazon) £272.16-£40=£232.16. Shame I was impatient and bought mine a few weeks ago, but I don't regret it :)

Cashback details here:
http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/cashback/summer2008_buy.html
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#1
Wonderful camera at a silly price.
#2
Good price. Heat added.
#3
awesome, I bought one a month or so ago but haven't submitted the cashback application yet, I wonder if I now qualify for the extra £10?
#4
Unfortunately not, the purchase date would have to be later than 1st July. But you've got until the end of July to get your claim in for the Spring Cashback (£30).
#5
Good price but don't forget you need to stay with Nikon, which are more expensive with lenses than competitors. For this reason maybe not such a good deal.
#6
Yeah, it really depends on how far you think you might get into photography. I decided I was unlikely to ever buy more than one additional lens so I'm sure it was a good decision for me.
#7
super camera! good deal.
#8
Haven't researched it but realistiaclly is there a big difference between Canon / Nikon lenses in cost ?

I know the 50mm primes are similar in price.
#9
I've been looking for an entrey dslr all day, been trying to find a bargain for the Canon 350D or at worst the Sony A200...Shall I just go for this?? I did read it's excellent...
#10
Anyone got a suggestion how much a reaosnable 10x lens would cost?
#11
arfster;2440112
Anyone got a suggestion how much a reaosnable 10x lens would cost?


Without question, THE lens to buy for this (and pretty much every other Nikon at this level) is the 18-200mm VR lens.
Google for it, they sell it virtually everywhere you'd expect.

That's a fabbo 10x zoom range in a stabilised lens, meaning that you have about 3 extra 'stops' to play with.

Buy this camera, dump the standard lens on eBay for £50 and blow £400 on the VR lens.

Yes, it's pricey, but it will last for years and years. You might buy a newer Nikon, but the real cheese is this lens which will fit current and future cameras.
#12
mikeyw
Haven't researched it but realistiaclly is there a big difference between Canon / Nikon lenses in cost ?

I know the 50mm primes are similar in price.


the expense of the lenses isn't to do with branding - it's because they've made the D40 cheaper by not having the lens motor in the camera body - so you have to buy motorised lenses for it which are more expensive.

the overall package still ends up cheaper if you just use the kit lens or buy 1 more. if you buy more than 1, probably would've been cheaper to buy other camera

I bought my D40 for £222 from currys after all discounts in january. missed beginning of cashback promotion so was creative to ensure I still got it :)
#13
Dellboy
Without question, THE lens to buy for this (and pretty much every other Nikon at this level) is the 18-200mm VR lens.
Google for it, they sell it virtually everywhere you'd expect.

That's a fabbo 10x zoom range in a stabilised lens, meaning that you have about 3 extra 'stops' to play with.

Buy this camera, dump the standard lens on eBay for £50 and blow £400 on the VR lens.

Yes, it's pricey, but it will last for years and years. You might buy a newer Nikon, but the real cheese is this lens which will fit current and future cameras.


Price for the camera is good - voted hot.

About the above lens - it isn't that good. Ok, it is probably the only lens you need and have a huge range on it, but the range is far too great for it to be really that good. I guess that image softness will be a major problem. Reviews would probably state this.

For the cost I would look for another in the Nikon range, or a Sigma, but lenses with 'less' zoom do tend to give better results.
#14
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31ZuZy%2ByLIL._SL500_AA200_.jpg
#15
How long is the cashback supposed to take?
#16
Faldiver;2440276
Price for the camera is good - voted hot.

About the above lens - it isn't that good. Ok, it is probably the only lens you need and have a huge range on it, but the range is far too great for it to be really that good. I guess that image softness will be a major problem. Reviews would probably state this.

For the cost I would look for another in the Nikon range, or a Sigma, but lenses with 'less' zoom do tend to give better results.


Well I have one and it is awesome.

Marginally soft at the edges at the ends of the range, but for only having to carry one lens and for shooting 4 stops better I'll forgive that minor limitation.
#17
agentjont
How long is the cashback supposed to take?


takes about a month.

there is an email address and they do respond to enquiries, if it takes longer
#18
Hot! And I will look forward to seeing your photos after buying it here:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=107205 :thumbsup:
#19
Faldiver
Price for the camera is good - voted hot.

About the above lens - it isn't that good. Ok, it is probably the only lens you need and have a huge range on it, but the range is far too great for it to be really that good. I guess that image softness will be a major problem. Reviews would probably state this.

For the cost I would look for another in the Nikon range, or a Sigma, but lenses with 'less' zoom do tend to give better results.

Sorry to say, but a case of "if you haven't tried it, don't knock it" applies here.

I have an 18-200VR combined with a D50 and it is absolutely fantastic. The VR system is great (although something being incorporated into the body by Samsung, just in a higher body-only price bracket) and definitely turns what would have been blurry/dark pictures into decent shots.

Most reviews give it high marks; even with a pinch of salt, Ken Rockwell's review is glowing!

The advantage of the D40 body over my D50 (which you can probably pick up cheaply these days) is the support for SDHC ... I am limited to 2Gb cards - approx 250 RAW exposures.
banned#20
jcooper

Most reviews give it high marks; even with a pinch of salt, Ken Rockwell's review is glowing!


you mean this review http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18200.htm ?

BTW why do you say 'with a pinch of salt'?
#21
Not bad for a very decent camera, i have a d50 too ...

currently selling my D60 with VR lens now not even used for £315 at mo.
#22
Hrrrm, surely if you're thinking of spending 400ish on a lens, you'd buy a more expensive camera?
#23
jcooper
Sorry to say, but a case of "if you haven't tried it, don't knock it" applies here.

I had one, got rid of it and bought an older 80-200 F2.8 for a bit less on eBay.
The 18-200 is OK, I sold mine to a mate, told him I didn't like it but he has 3 kids and likes to take the camera out with them, so just taking one lens that isn't too heavy is ideal for him. For me I'd rather carry the extra weight of the 80-200 and the 18-70 kit lens and have massively better quality.
VR is nice but it won't help with a moving subject, and it won't give you the super shallow depth of field.
Also bear in mind you could pick up the 18-50 VR and the 55-200 VR for about £150 less for both than the 18-200 VR.
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arfster
Hrrrm, surely if you're thinking of spending 400ish on a lens, you'd buy a more expensive camera?


This VR zoom being mentioned is a hobby lens, it's not particularly special and lenses with wide zoom ranges are very much compromised. It's an ideal companion for entry level SLRs like this.

Often the lens is the most important and expensive component. £400 is cheap for a lens, look at the pricing for some of the F2:8 lenses even at fixed focal length.
#25
Auto bracket exposure is missing from this model, so HDR becomes difficult if thats important to you. Otherwise very good camera.
#26
jcooper
Sorry to say, but a case of "if you haven't tried it, don't knock it" applies here.

I have an 18-200VR combined with a D50 and it is absolutely fantastic. The VR system is great (although something being incorporated into the body by Samsung, just in a higher body-only price bracket) and definitely turns what would have been blurry/dark pictures into decent shots.

Most reviews give it high marks; even with a pinch of salt, Ken Rockwell's review is glowing!

The advantage of the D40 body over my D50 (which you can probably pick up cheaply these days) is the support for SDHC ... I am limited to 2Gb cards - approx 250 RAW exposures.


Who's to say I haven't used it? I certainly never said that!

A couple of reviews on the lens mentioned:

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=343&sort=7&cat=28&page=1

http://www.photozone.de/Reviews/46-nikon--nikkor-aps-c/242-nikkor-af-s-18-200mm-f35-56-g-if-ed-vr-ii-dx-review--test-report?start=2

I'm just trying to say, although not in the best way, that most zooms like this don't give the best image quality - it's a well known fact. It's a trade off most of us have to live with unless you have alot of money!

However, this lens would be ok for someone wanting just the one lens for the camera to cover a good range.

Can't beat primes though :)

Back to the D40 which is what this thread should be about, it's a good little DSLR. Good price too.
#27
Got one with the last cashback offer from Amazon, not claimed my cashback, but a great camera!
#28
Well as mentioned on the last thread for this - I bought it on the last Cashback too. It's a great camera. Having now had time to really compare having the D80 with the 18-135 to the D40 with the 18-55, you really do miss having the extra Zoom and Pixels in some situations - but I do find the smaller lighter body of the D40 makes it much more usable. I'd actually be a little wary of putting a huge lens on the front of this from a balance and ease of use point of view.
#29
Though not a DSLR, I though my Canon S5is was good until I compaired the quality of the photos on Steve's Digicams site. View them full size and see how much more detail there is.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/d40/samples/dsc_0225.jpg
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_reviews/canon_s5is/samples/img_0357.jpg
I'm very tempted
#30
I thought it was difficult to say from those photos. It didn't help what the setup wasn't identical. The biggest difference was the much tighter depth of field of the D40 - the wood in the background was blurred in the D40 picture, putting more emphasis on the foreground. From what I've read, compact cameras tend not to be able to achieve such narrow depths of field as DSLRs, presumably because the maximum aperature size is larger on DSLRs.
My old camera is a Canon S1IS - I loved it and the newer versions look even better. I find the D40 far less portable, but at least it's about as small as DSLRs get.
#31
arfster
Hrrrm, surely if you're thinking of spending 400ish on a lens, you'd buy a more expensive camera?

That's just not how it works with DSLR's. The D40 is one, if not the cheapest DSLR's you can get, but the sensor is excellent, and once paired with a decent lens (not that there is anything wrong with the kit lens) it's amazing what you can do with it. Whatever DSLR you have the lenses will make a big difference to what can be done, depending on what type of photography you are into. The photos I've put on the thread link in my post above where taken with my D40 and kit lens. Some of the best photos I've seen on flickr were taken with cheaper DSLR's like the D40, it's just that they are in capable hands... ;-)
#32
nick_sub
I thought it was difficult to say from those photos. It didn't help what the setup wasn't identical. The biggest difference was the much tighter depth of field of the D40 - the wood in the background was blurred in the D40 picture, putting more emphasis on the foreground. From what I've read, compact cameras tend not to be able to achieve such narrow depths of field as DSLRs, presumably because the maximum aperature size is larger on DSLRs.
My old camera is a Canon S1IS - I loved it and the newer versions look even better. I find the D40 far less portable, but at least it's about as small as DSLRs get.


Though I agree with your depth of field comment the fury animals are the objects that are the focus in both shots. I can't see how you can't see the difference, you sure you're not viewing them full size (Internet Explorer for example has a habit of scaling the picture to fit your monitor)?
http://www.aupz66.dsl.pipex.com/img_0357.jpg
http://www.aupz66.dsl.pipex.com/dsc_0225.jpg
Look at these crops of the kangeroos face, in particular the inside material of his ears!
#33
Ah yes! IE had resized them to the screen. I can see the difference in your second shots, particularly the white ear material as you say, no need to ask which is the D40!
#34
just got pcworld to price match amazon instore today and got one for £230 after the cashback deal......bargain i say ! happy days ....
#35
Hi there, I know this is may sound like a silly question but figured I'd ask just incase someone knows the answer as I need some clarification, I've ordered the D60 with the 18-55mm VR lens kit from amazon, just wondering if i'd be right in saying that I'd get the £60 cash back from Nikon. As looking on their site it doesn't mention specifically whether its a separate lens that would qualify for the cash back or whether the camera with lens kit can qualify for it also.

Thanks


PS Thought I'd mention incase nobody else has, that if you buy the camera after 1st July you can get a 2 year warranty instead of the standard 1 for free http://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/cgi-bin/nikoneurope_en.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=23727&p
#36
Yes, you'll definately be eligible on that score. Most people buy the camera+lens kits. I have a feeling that to qualify the camera and lens must be bought from the same retailer at the same time. It's strange that they don't mention the cashback on the Amazon D40 page (or the D40 for that matter) - just check that it's UK stock when it arrives (needs to be for the cashback) but I'd be very surprised it it's not.

Oh yeah, thanks for highlighting the warranty. You need to register the camera within 30 days of purchase to qualify for year 2 so don't forget!
#37
Dixons price is 272.16, delivery is free with FREEDEL149 code, quidco at 3% is about 8 quid off, cashback is 40 quid from Nikon, comes in at 224.16 after quidco :thumbsup:
#38
so is it worth getting over the only slightly mire expensive 10mega pix Sony a200
#39
dr.met.ty;2463821
Dixons price is 272.16, delivery is free with FREEDEL149 code, quidco at 3% is about 8 quid off, cashback is 40 quid from Nikon, comes in at 224.16 after quidco :thumbsup:

Good one! Plus if you have an Egg Money card you might get the 2.5% instant cashback (I did) plus the usual 1% cashback!
#40
But is it worth getting instead of http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-DSLR-A200K-Digital-18-70mm-F3-5-5-6/dp/B0011U9U9A/ref=pd_sbs_ce_1 as the sony spec looks much better

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