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  1. #1
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    Getting my D40 tomorrow, need a little suggestion.

    Hello guys,

    After viewing this thread
    http://www.dcresource.com/forums/showthread.php?t=28957

    I got extremely tempted and decided to buy the D40 tomorrow.

    Just wanted to know if I should go for the VR lens or should stick with the kit lens which doesn't come with VR ? Is the difference really noticeable ?
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  2. #2
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    The difference between VR and no VR is quite frankly, huge.

  3. #3
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    I find VR is more useful for zoom lens (telephoto). The margin of error is greater when you use large zoom with shaky hands. It all depends on lighting too. If you plan to shoot a lot of low light photos, perhaps the VR kit lens will be better for you.

    I myself use the 18-55mm Nikkor and 55-200mm VR Nikkor with my D40.

  4. #4
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    I manage to muddle through with my 17-55. It doesn't have VR. OTOH, it's not exactly a "kit" lens.

    VR is great, so long as your subjects do not move. Once you start shooting action, VR doesn't really help, because as soon as you really benefit from it, you are getting motion blur from your subjects. So, what you shoot will help decide whether you need VR or not. BTW, if you use a tripod, you do not need VR.
    Eric Lund
    Nikon D200
    Nikkors: 17-55mm f2.8, 18-200mm f3.5-f4.5 VR, 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 VR, 35mm f2, 50mm f1.8, 55mm f2.8 AI-S micro, 105mm f2.8 VR micro
    Other Lenses: Tokina 12-24 f4, Tamron 75-300mm f4-5.6 LD macro
    Stuff: Nikon SB800, Nikon MBD200, Gitzo 1327 Tripod w/RRS BH-55LR Ballhead, Sekonic L-358 meter

  5. #5
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    Thanks guys, I will get my D40 with 18 - 55mm VR AF-S DX tomorrow, with UV filter, 4gb SD card, Travel bag and Tripod, what else will I need ??
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  6. #6
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    You haven't mentioned what you're going to be shooting, so we can't give you much specific help. I don't even see UV filter and tripod as necessities, right out of the gate.
    Nikon D40 + kit lens

    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF(...or not)

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    I'd suggest a spare battery and then confine any further purchases till you've done some shooting and identified an actual need. Don't buy something just because it looks cool. Like Fionndruinne said, what do you plan to shoot if you want more specific advice.
    D800, D300, D90, 24-70 f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8, 300 F4, 105 micro, 16-85VR, 50mm 1.8, Tammy 90 macro, 70-300VR, SB900, 2xSB600, MB-D10, 055XPROB 322RC2. New computers to run photoshop faster. C&C always appreciated. PhotoGallery
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    Tripods and VR do not co exist.

  9. #9
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    If you plan on shooting in low light, VR is much more convenient than a tripod (of course there is a limit to what VR will do), but you ought to then be asking yourself whether you wouldn't be better served by a larger aperture lens, which will speed up the shutter. If you're not shooting in low light, a tripod is unnecessary save for a few select things.
    Nikon D40 + kit lens

    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 D AF(...or not)

  10. #10
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    Thanks guys , I will be using the D40 on every possible chance I get, Landscape, people, scenery, low light, fireworks, lightning, indoor, plants and the list goes on. I love doing slow shutter speed pics so I think tripod comes in handy there.

    Went to shop today, only to find out its out of stock, searched everywhere, but no win. Damn I was so excited today, and it was killed instantly, Will have to wait a week before it gets in stock.
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    Canon 500D Kit || 50 1.8 || Sigma 10-20 HSM EX || Slik Pro 340DX || Hitech GNDs + B+W #110

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