D40 Dilemma

In April 2007 i bought myself a Nikon D40 and have been pretty pleased with ever since. I went for this camera purely because of buget constraints. I have just completed my first year as a home owner and as i’m sure anyone else in my situation has found – it’s not easy on the finances, especially when you have a hobby as expensive as photography.

Anyway, as i tried to expand my array of kit i found that my research skills weren’t quite as good as they should have been before buying the camera as the D40 is only compatible with the most recent (and expensive) lenses; and only in the latter part of the year did companies like Sigma and Tamron start bringing out lenses that were compatible, and still at a cost.

So, my dilemma is this. Is it a false economy to have a Nikon D40? Although the initial purchase was well priced i’m finding to expand my kit with other lenses is really expensive – would it perhaps be a good idea to trade in my D40 body for a D80 or the whole kit for some Canon gear? Or even Pentax, i’ve heard the backwards compatiblity and costs are very good on those.

I just don’t know what to do – especailly seeing as i’ve been struggling to get to grips with the D40’s controls etc… and i am still a relative novice at photography. The D40 is supposedly the easiest “pick-up-and-play” camera around. And i wonder if i’m trying to cover my lack of knowledge and creativity with grumbling about equipment?

I just don’t know, any insight from anyone would be greatly appreciated!!

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  • Scott Denny