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:
- Digital Photography Review
- DCRP Review
- The Imaging Resource
- Nikon D40 and D40x Review by Thom Hogan
- Digital Photography Journal
- Ken Rockwell’s Review
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.
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:
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.