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 Post subject: My First D40 Pics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 3:03 pm 
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So this evening I took the D40 out for its first test drive, and here are some of the results (cunningly labelled "Nikon Test Pics"). The other photos on the page were taken with my previous camera, the Canon IXUS 55.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/70255654@N00/

Do you reckon the Nikon quality is up to scratch? Any comments are greatly, greatly appreciated!


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Well, technical quality is hard to test with limited resolution pics.
But it seems that the D40 passed the ISO 1600 test with flying colors, didn't it?

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Those look good. What lens did you take them with?

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Yes stevesayskanpai. Please make a signature that shows your equipment, so that others know what you are working with!

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Please forgive my ignorance tombomba2, but what do you mean exactly by limited resolution pics? As opposed to RAW images?

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Hi Steve.

Tom's just asking you to post larger images. It's very difficult to analyze images which are so small.

Having said that, they do look pretty good.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2007 2:15 am 
tombomba2 wrote:
But it seems that the D40 passed the ISO 1600 test with flying colors, didn't it?

Indeed - some very nice D40 shots in your gallery Steve.

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Thanks guys, I'm quite pleased with them. Trying to experiment with different modes- a lot of these were taken in "P" mode, with the exposure compensation at -0.3 (which seems to work out just about right). I found I kept forgetting to change the White Balance mode though! Got some strange shots on cloudy balance when indoors etc :)

What do people think to the auto ISO mode on the Nikon? It kept selecting ISO 1600 for me, although given I was either indoors or outside at dusk when taking these that does make sense! I assume if I'd manually selected 400 or 800 the shutter speed would have been a lot slower and/or the pictures far less bright.

Anyway thanks for your feedback!

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If the shots at 1600 seem ok with you, don't worry!
Reducing ISO would have led to longer shutter times, which in turn increase the risk of shake/blur.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2007 12:03 am 
Hi Steve,

I really liked the Auto ISO feature on my D40 in the beginning... had it set to 1/60 sec min and ISO 1600 max at all times... It's a great feature to have when you don't want to be bothered with selecting the ISO manually. But as the saying goes... one size doesn't fit all...

Different lenses may need different settings, different shooting conditions as well... and on top of this, it looks like the flash (I tested both the on-camera flash and the SB-400) doesn't work properly with Auto ISO - it would go to ISO 1600 in low light and then the flash would wash out everything... I need to do some more tests on this, but in the mean time I turned Auto ISO off...

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