I < 3 My Nikon D40X

Nikon D40x Experiments: First Shots

Yay! I'm now the official proud and happy owner of a Nikon D40X! It's my belated 8th year wedding anniversary + advanced Christmas present rolled in to one nice little package.

I must confess, though: I don't know much about DSLR Photography. But, that never stopped me from lusting after a DSLR camera of my own over the last year or so. I've been researching about DSLR cameras in various places - and trying to learn as much as I can about apertures, exposures, shutter speeds, and all sorts of things that a normal human being doesn't have to think about when using a regular point-and-shoot camera.

To begin with, I had the most common question every new DSLR camera owner has: Which one to buy?

And, even though my first instinct was to go with the very popular Canon EOS 400D (aka the Digital Rebel XTi) like my sis, Debbie, and many others I know, I decided to become a Nikonite instead because: 1) My old film SLR camera was a Nikon and 2) Several reviews and comparisons of XTi vs D40X convinced me (Thom Hogan's review, Ken Rockwell, Photo.net Review, etc). In fact, even though I initially wanted the more expensive Nikon D80, I decided to go for the D40X because it seems to fit my needs (and budget!) much better.

Anyway, even though I was terrified to break anything, I decided that the best way to learn about my brand new gear is just to give it a whirl. So, my first project was to do some test/comparison shots between my new Nikon D40X and my current point-and-shoot camera (a Sony Cybershot) using low light conditions (I got my new toy on the evening of the 12 December). Here are a few of the results -

Subject One: Doll

Doll - P/S Test Shot (w/o Flash)
Doll - P/S Test Shot (w/o Flash)

Doll - P/S Test Shot (w/ Flash)
Doll - P/S Test Shot (w/ Flash)

Doll - DSLR Test Shot (w/o Flash)
Doll - DSLR Test Shot (w/o Flash)

Subject 2: Manger

Manger - P/S Test Shot (w/o Flash)
Manger - P/S Test Shot (w/o Flash)

Manger - P/S Test Shot (w/ Flash)
Manger - P/S Test Shot (w/ Flash)

Manger - DSLR Test Shot (w/o Flash)
Manger - DSLR Test Shot (w/o Flash)

As you can see, there are no test shots with the DSLR, as I was already quite pleased with the results just using natural lighting. Was really happy to note that I can take decent photos just using the basic gear and the kit lens (Nikkor 18-55 II). Even under low light conditions!

Anyway, you can also check out some of my first shots in the photo collage (see top image): 1. My New Nikon D40x, 2. Sunflower (Cropped), 3. Coinage from Oz, 4. Mum and Bub: Holding Hands, 5. Cam: Christmas Party 1, 6. Blue Needs a Grooming!, 7. Leaf, 8. A Silver Star, 9. Christmas Wreath, 10. Have a Cup of Hot Chocolate, 11. Ready for my Chinese Meal, 12. And She Begins To Crawl..., 13. Sunflower in my Backyard

Now looking forward to learning more. And taking plenty of more photos, no doubt.

About the Author Shai Coggins (MTeach, MSoc Sci App Psych)

Shai has been managing and blogging here at ShaiCoggins.com for 17 years. Here, she writes about creativity, productivity, and how to recharge for a better, happier lifestyle. She is the author of Today: Life Journal, Colour Bliss: Kaleidoscopes, and a little known children's book. A serial entrepreneur, Shai also currently runs Vervely.com, a boutique digital media agency offering online content, community, and conversion marketing services. Her blogging experience and digital work have been featured in various media, including being listed in Fast Company's "Most Influential Women in Technology" list. Originally from Manila, Shai lived in Singapore and the USA before moving to Australia with her British husband. They have two children, a pet bunny, and a rambunctious rescue Labrador.

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