For DSLR beginners, which is better, Nikon D40 or D60? Which lense would u recommend to capture architecture?

i have been really into photography well before high school however, ever since then it was always my dad who bought me the cameras (he really likes buying cameras), and it really hasn't been the one that i have in mind but i have been using them anyway. i have got mostly of Olympus, a very reliable brand user-friendly, easy to use.. then there was Fujifilm and Kodak and i am currently using the Panasonic Lumix with the Olympus.. All that i have mentioned are compact cameras. i'm going to start working early next year after graduating and was wondering if i got my own preferences towards a camera with my own money, which would u recommend out of the 2 DSLR mentioned above? i have been using SLR of my cousin's and my friends' but have yet to explore to its fullest potential. My friends told me i captured amazing and dynamic pictures so based on that references i would like to go to another level with a DSLR, plus i have got this wonderful book by pro Tom Ang, and am eager to start exploring possibilities... pls do help! any suggestions are welcomed!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    There are very few differences between the D60 and the D40/x. They're the same weight, work the same, same body. However, the D60 has a few perks over the D40/x, being a newer camera. The main one is anti-dust systems, which is pretty useful to have inbuilt instead of having to pay for a technician to clean it for you (it's not full proof, but at least it helps).

    If you were going to go for a D40, I would have recommended getting the D40x, however now that I've looked at the prices on Amazon I've found that the D60 is cheaper than the D40x so definitely go for the D60 over the other two.

    I'm going to add one more complication to your list: for the about $50 dollars more than the D60 and ~$30 less than the D40x, why not get the D80? Yes it is an older camera without the anti-dust systems, however it has become a lot cheaper now that the D90 is out and sports a couple advantages over the others. The first one being that it has two control dials instead of one (one at the front and one at the back) but that only really helps if you're shooting manually. The second one is that it has an inbuilt servo-motor, one of the main (and controversial) reasons why the D60/40/x were cheaper than the D80 to begin with. If you're looking on getting some good lenses then the inbuilt servo-motor adds a lot more compatibility and, thus, a lot more lenses to your list of possibilities --the D60/40/x are limited to AF-S, AF-I lenses only.

    As for what lenses you would want to look at buying. It all depends on what sort of result you want. I have seen some brilliant architectural photography taken with super-wide-angle lenses. I know Nikon make a 14mm 2.8/f and a 12-24mm f/4, so I'd recommend having a look for them to see how they compare. Lens mounts hardly ever change, so consider a lens as a long time investment and it's worth spending good money on.

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  • Jt C
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    would say the Nikon D40 Its an entry level DSLR. A digital SLR will give you a much larger sensor than any point and shoot camera. Larger sensor = more light to each pixel = clearer, crisper photo with better color saturation. DSLR will also let you grow and take more control as you learn more and you can change lenses when you have a need to. The sensor on the olympus is smaller than on Nikon or Canon

    I am a nikon person and have had nikons since the 70's I personally think the nikon D40 give you more for the dollar than any DSLR today. There are some that do more but you pay a good bit more. Do not let the lower megapixels concern you if you do not do very very large prints you will never notice the lower DSLR. My brother recently needs a DSLR for a class and I recommended the D40 to him So I would also say get the D40 not the D40X. The Nikon D40 does not have limited functions compared with other entry DSLR. Yes it has fewer funtioncas than a 1500 dollar camera body would. It is not a a cut down version its equal or above most any entry level DSLR.

    There is a great article in this months Digital Photopro Magazine that is titled "Megapixels how much is enough" EVERYONE looking at buying a new digital camera can profit by reading this article. Its here

    I have a d300 and a d40 and when I am shooting for fun I grab the d40. Its weightless, a joy to use and gives good results

    If you have a bit more money the D60 give you a number of things you want. It has newer firmware and image processors, designed for the 10 mp sensor. It has an "Active Dust Reduction System with Airflow Control ". Nikon not putting a system on the D40 to deal with dust is one of the biggest drawbacks I see to the D40 ( though I think its still a great camera for the money) If you change lenses dust will get in and the camera needs a system to deal with it. With the D60 you get a VR lens. That will help with low light situations ( they may offer that now with the D40 but originally it was not) . The D60 has Adaptive Dynamic Range. Nikon calls it "Active D-Lighting," it lets you save some highlights that my otherwise be lost. It has a newer better metering system than the D40. So you can get the D40 not the D40 x and spend the other money on lenses or a flash

    Some people will want to make a big issue out of the fact that there are some nikon lenses that will not autofocus on these cameras. Right now there are "only" about 39 lenses that autofocus on these cameras. They cover the range of focal lengths. I doubt any photographer would be seriously limited with "only" this many lenses to choose from. If you want to manually focus you can more than double this and do so at a low cost. Manual focusing is easy and how we did things for decades before the advent of autofocus.

    Cannon and Nikon chose to put the vibration reduction in the lens rather than the body. Somefolks put it in the camera and make of that. Yes that means you get stabilization only on lenses with that feature built in. In the body in theory it would work on every lens. But in fact image stbilization in the lens has proved to work faster and smoother with a lower impact on focus times than image stabilization in the body/ One problem with in body stabilization comes from the fact that the sensor would have to move different amounts for different focal lengths. A canon white paper says an in body system would have to move the sensor 1/4 inch to account for movement on a 300 mm lens.

    Now a comment on liveview. Have you ever tried to hold several pounds of digital camera and lens steady at arms length while you look at an LCD screen. It not at all the same as holding a few ounces of point and shoot camera steady in the same position. One of the things we preach to new photogrpahers is to learn to hold the camera properly so the body mechanics give you a steady shot. You can't really do that looking at the LCD. So liveview is really something that will have very limited applications in a DSLR. So liveview is really something that will have very limited applications in a DSLR. Usually only when its on a tripod. I have liveview on my D300 and have never used it.

    Nikon also has great service. I was just reading the other day on eyefetch in the Nikon forum where someone posted that they had dropped thier lens and broken it. It was not a fault of the company they messed up. The sent it to Nikon and Nikon could not fix it. Nikon offered them a brand new identical lens at half the price. They did not have to

    In closing all major camera manufactures make good cameras get out and compare the features and how they feel in your hand. Go to places like and to compare them. Nikon and Canon have the largest market share and I personally think there is a very good reason they do. Not bashing other brands but photographers tend to be very very demanding folks and they then tend to be loyal to what has worked for them well and consistently. That is not a pavlovian response anymore than it is a pavlovian response in my work at the fire department when I trust the brands of turnout gear and airpacks that have worked for me time and time again. Sometimes even going beyond the published specs. People in ANY demanding profession gain loyalty and trust from thier experiences. And if the product did not perform it would not be favored for long.

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  • Lisa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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