Nikon D40

Residential buildings

Seems lately a big portion of the Taiwan Blogsphere is upgrading or contemplating upgrading their digital cameras: Michael [Turton] purchased a Canon Powershot S5 IS, Holly bought a Canon EOS 400D, Andres is contemplating between Canon and Nikon, and it seems Carrie is thinking about going DSLR.

As a reward to myself for taking on extra teaching hours over the summer, I finally broke down and purchased a Nikon D40.

The D40’s target audience are people just like me, people who want to go SLR but are put off by the price and the learning curve. I purchased the D40 kit which includes the Nikon 18-55 II kit lens, strap, software, ect. I also purchased the usual slew of accessories: a 1 gig memory card, an extra battery, a camera bag, and a cleaning kit for under $19,000 NT (I stopped myself from purchasing an external flash). I’m not a camera expert, so here is list of reviews that I found helpful:

There are also a handful of Flickr groups devoted to this model:

I haven’t had time to check out the instruction manual yet. Partly because the copy in my kit box was the Japanese version and the salesperson at eWhat gave me a photocopy of the Chinese version.

Yesterday I went to Danshui [淡水] and walked down the river towards the mangrove swamps of Hongshulin [紅樹林]. My shooting began at Qiyan Station [奇岩站] as I waited to transfer for the train to Danshui:

Changing trains to go to Danshui...

Unfortunately, this was the only critter shot I took, my walk was pretty rushed on account of having to be at work soon:

Grasshopper

This individual’s work is in a handful of other places along the trail:

graffiti along the path

Guanyin Mountain [觀音山] found itself in the background of several pictures taken during the walk:

Blue skies in Taipei... I'm dreaming

Such a beautiful path, I was quite surprised that these bicyclists were the only other people I saw along the way:

Biking

I would have loved to stay at this spot and wait for a train to pass by, but the sun was pretty intense and the last thing my students wanted to see was a sunburned and sweaty teacher at the beginning of class:

MRT line

And the final one for today:

Boats

Oh and if anyone walks along this path and spots a third-party LCD screen protector… chances are it’s the one that fell off my camera.

9 thoughts on “Nikon D40

  1. Terrific photos Todd. I’m so jealous! I’m a little frustrated with the lack of sharpness and detail with my Canon ISUS, but overall, it’s a good little camera. I’m ready to make a move up though. I just don’t know when it’s going to happen. We are traveling to Japan in October. We will be at the Olympics in Bejing next summer and then we’re getting married. John doesn’t seem to think a new camera is in our immediate future. I have different ideas, it just might take awhile.

  2. The D40 is an excellent purchase. Nice shots, a DSLR makes a world of difference in the quality and details that it captures. I’m always amazed at how well the D200 works. The main thing when you get a DSLR is that you can have access to all these funky lenses, from ultra wide-angle lenses to portrait lenses. Lenses will last a lot longer than you camera body.

    I spent two years developing my photographic eye with a DSC P93 5.1 MP Sony Cybershot before purchasing a Nikon D200. A few months later, I purchased a nice all around lens, the 18-200 VR from Nikor.

  3. Nice grasshopper!

    I’d recommend picking up the 50mm f/1.8 lens. I have Canon’s version of the lens for my DSLR, but the Nikon one is supposed to be pretty similar in terms of price and image quality (namely low price and high quality). The f/1.8 aperture means you can take great shots in low light, and it’s my standard indoor lens for getting good results without having to resort to using the flash. It’s about the cheapest lens you can find, but well worth having.

  4. Thanks for stopping by Sandy, I threw a link to your site on my new (and limited) “World Links” section.

    Herschel – thanks for the advice, (I think) it will be awhile before I buy another lens. We’ll see what my needs are at the time.

  5. Todd these are really cool photos. I like the boats featured in your last photo and how you capture the winding lines of Danshui.

    From my experience most pro photographers use Nikon. That is because of the quality of their lenses which are for the moment superior to Cannon. That does not mean that you can’t take amazing photos with Cannon, but Nikon seems to have an edge.

    My camera is the Fuji S2Pro DSLR with a Nikon lens. I like the Fuji for its colors and for its manual cable release attachment that helps with long exposures and tripod use.

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