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    Nikon D40X SLR Camera w/twin lenses

    A colleague is offering to sell me this camera thats just over a year old (bought for £500) but barely used (200 pics taken roughly) with one years warranty remaining.
    The lenses are the ones that came with the camera and are:AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED and AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
    The lenses are in Original boxes, with manuals, cd software, battery charger, pc/mac connection cable & camera (shoulder) strap. Also with spare battery. The 55-200mm lens has only been used twice.They want £275 ono for it and I'm thinking it sounds pretty good. could someone with a little more experience in this field help please?
    gracias as always...

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    Nice camera for a beginner butdont forget not all Nikon lenses will work using auto focus on this camera, feels nice to hold and the usualnikon quality making it reliable in all kinds of conditions. If you know where it comes from and its history it has to be worth a look...

    Hello, I think the cheapest price for the 55 - 200 lense is about £170 alone. I know it's second hand but if it's hardly been used then it's worth a look.

    You don't need to buy..;-)

    I've got the D40 and I'm happy with the camera. Should have purchased the 55 - 200 lense when the price was about £130!!

    You want the VR lenses only. The non-VR ones are becoming worth spit.

    Afterburner;4600947

    You want the VR lenses only. The non-VR ones are becoming worth spit.



    You get what you pay for. Good point though.

    Original Poster

    so are these lenses not vr? is there a different lense thats both vr and af? and does that mean it would be better going for the body elsewhere and grabbing a vr lense if the general consensus is that the lenses offered for sale arent any good?

    slangrish;4601015

    so are these lenses not vr? is there a different lense thats both vr and … so are these lenses not vr? is there a different lense thats both vr and af? and does that mean it would be better going for the body elsewhere and grabbing a vr lense if the general consensus is that the lenses offered for sale arent any good?

    If they're VR lenses they will have VR in their name. AF means autofocus and all are AF.

    VR means vibration reduction and makes a huge difference to your ability to take picutres in available light.

    slangrish;4601015

    so are these lenses not vr? is there a different lense thats both vr and … so are these lenses not vr? is there a different lense thats both vr and af? and does that mean it would be better going for the body elsewhere and grabbing a vr lense if the general consensus is that the lenses offered for sale arent any good?



    Not everyone rates the VR lenses as highly as the other posters do, personally it has never bothered me but again for beginners who are not used to taking photographs with a longer lens may find it beneficial. I would not let it prevent you from buying as long as you are happy with the price, it may even help you improve your technique by having to stabilise your self before pressing the shutter! This was how we used to do it before the magic of digital .... LOL

    Just ask the guy if you can use it on a weekend and take some varied shots to see how you get on...:thumbsup:

    mosskeeto;4601352

    Not everyone rates the VR lenses as highly as the other posters do, … Not everyone rates the VR lenses as highly as the other posters do, personally it has never bothered me but again for beginners who are not used to taking photographs with a longer lens may find it beneficial. I would not let it prevent you from buying as long as you are happy with the price, it may even help you improve your technique by having to stabilise your self before pressing the shutter! This was how we used to do it before the magic of digital .... LOLJust ask the guy if you can use it on a weekend and take some varied shots to see how you get on...:thumbsup:


    I'm sorry, but I have to take issue with you here. Only a rank amateur would write off the ability to work 2 or 3 stops below the usual exposure margin with the knowledge that you will still have sharp images. VR isn't a gimmick. If you shoot a lot in available light then it's an absolute must. If you only rely on flash, or take pictures of your kiddies on the beach or your cat in the garden, then yes, it's of little value.

    I suggest that slangrish asks a professional, or a keen amateur. Unless, of course, he only wants to take pictures of his cat.

    Original Poster

    i dont have a cat but am a keen outdoor photographer.. would i be ok without the VR lense in this instance?

    Afterburner;4601410

    I'm sorry, but I have to take issue with you here. Only a rank amateur … I'm sorry, but I have to take issue with you here. Only a rank amateur would write off the ability to work 2 or 3 stops below the usual exposure margin with the knowledge that you will still have sharp images. VR isn't a gimmick. If you shoot a lot in available light then it's an absolute must. If you only rely on flash, or take pictures of your kiddies on the beach or your cat in the garden, then yes, it's of little value. I suggest that slangrish asks a professional, or a keen amateur. Unless, of course, he only wants to take pictures of his cat.



    Be as sorry as you like but it is only an opinion as is mine, if the guy asks anyone else they to will voice an opinion. Most amatuers will have the camera set on Program or auto and will not move it so F stops will mean very little. The guy is gathering opinions and I gave mine, I did not say you were wrong just my different opinion.... thanks

    slangrish;4601480

    i dont have a cat but am a keen outdoor photographer.. would i be ok … i dont have a cat but am a keen outdoor photographer.. would i be ok without the VR lense in this instance?

    It's about light. With a standard camera and lens, you are limited to a certain shutter speed and aperture based on the weight of the camera, the focal length of the lens and your ability to hold them without any shaking. Most of us can safely go down to about 1/30 sec with a standard lens and be reasonably sure of a sharp picture. If the light is poor, say you're at dusk and the subject is dark, then the camera is going to want to expose at a slower shutter speed. If you can't hold the camera rock-still there's going to be camera shake and the picture will be 'soft'.

    You can use a tripod, or at worst wrap the camera strap around a convenient pole and try to brace the thing that way ... there are lots of ways to try to counteract this but in the end there will be a point at which you can't really achieve much. The VR lens detects minute variations in the focus due to camera shake and compenstates as best it can. This effectively gives you an extra couple of stop worth of leeway so that even in poor light, the picture (all other things being equal) will be sharp. It doesn't compensate for really bad shaking though. You have to learn how to handle an SLR camera because they are heavier. That said, if all you photograph is landscapes in good contrasty light, you don't need this feature.

    VR is becoming cheaper, and eventually I reckon all Nikon lenses of any importance will be thus specified. My 18-200 VR lens is a godsend; I hardly ever use any other.

    mosskeeto;4601522

    Most amatuers will have the camera set on Program or auto and will not … Most amatuers will have the camera set on Program or auto and will not move it so F stops will mean very little.


    VR works in auto and Program mode. One has nothing whatever to do with the other. Thanks.

    Afterburner;4601540

    VR works in auto and Program mode. One has nothing whatever to do with … VR works in auto and Program mode. One has nothing whatever to do with the other. Thanks.



    I'll leave it there as you are obviously missing what I am trying to say ... maybe on purpose I dont know .Good luck Op whatever you decide!

    mosskeeto;4601628

    I'll leave it there.


    Very wise.

    Afterburner;4602240

    Very wise.



    Yeah sure ... you beat me.....

    Original Poster

    well i took the plunge.. perhaps down the line when im a bit more experienced with it i'll take the plunge on a better 'vr' lense.. much appreciated for your help guys. peace and love.
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