Canon 400d or Nikon d40x

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by colin parsnip, Feb 6, 2008.

  1. ....for a first digital SLR.
    Or is there really not much difference...or is there a third option.
    (my last SLR was a Minolta X300)

    And a good on-line place to buy?

    Thanks, Colin
     
    colin parsnip, Feb 6, 2008
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    Paul Giverin Guest

    I think the 400d is better featured. I don't think the D40x can do
    exposure bracketing for instance.

    As for pricing, have a look here:-

    http://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/prod192.html

    That URL is for the 400d but you can check Nikon prices too.

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    Rob Morley Guest

    That was discussed last week in alt.photography
     
    Rob Morley, Feb 7, 2008
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    Woody Guest



    My daughter is just going through exactly this question as I said I
    would buy her a SLR after she got her PhD.

    It is really all about handling and balance more than anything else.
    What may suit one person may not suit another. In her case she found the
    Nikon better as it suited her hand size, was lighter, and as the lens
    and body are similar weights it generally hangs level on the neckstrap
    whereas the Canon tilts.

    Go to your local camera shop on a quiet weekday and fondle them both. If
    you are lucky one will suit your hands better than the other and that is
    the one you should buy irrespective of other facilities (most of which
    you won't use anyway.) If you are unlucky and they both feel 'right'
    then it comes down to bells and whistles and price.
     
    Woody, Feb 7, 2008
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    Thanks to you (and everyone else) for your advice.
    I shall fondle them both and then decide...

    One last question - there are sellers on ebay like harbour48 (with lots of
    good feedback) who sell stuff like:

    Canon EOS 400D + AF 18-55mm + Canon EF 75-300mm AF Lens Digital SLR Kit
    or
    Nikon D40x + AF-S 18-55mm / 55-200mm
    for around £420 or so.

    I'm guessing they are returns. Good value?

    Cheers, Colin
     
    colin parsnip, Feb 7, 2008
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    Tony Polson Guest


    The item for a D40X and two lenses that ends on Fri 8 February states
    it is "unused". However, the reference to ...

    "All original extras included: The camera comes with the box, all
    Nikon manuals, software, charger and leads. Everything is included as
    if bought new"

    .... suggests mail order returns, or faulty items returned under
    warranty that have received a "factory" repair.

    Still, the seller has +5659 feedback and 99.9% positive feedback,
    which is impressive. One of my Canon EF lenses needs replacing and
    this seller's price for it is very tempting.


    There should be no problem with returns sold with a full 12 month
    Nikon UK warranty.
     
    Tony Polson, Feb 7, 2008
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    Woody Guest


    Jessops are currently selling the D40X with 18-55 and 55-200 plus a free
    pair of Nikon 8x25 bins for £499 - that is £539 less £40 cashback from
    Nikon that finishes at the end of the month

    You might like to look at the new D60 (the D40 and X are on their way
    out) which Calumet are doing at £499 with the 18-55ED lens or at £529
    with the 18-55 VR (vibration reduction) lens.

    I've seen the same kit that Jessops are offering rather lower than
    that - £439 rings a bell. I've just Googled the double zoom kit and
    found one offer at £472.16 with no mention of the £40 cashback so that
    would make it £432.
     
    Woody, Feb 7, 2008
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    Joe Smith Guest

    I would go for the 450 rather than the 400. Although the 400 will continue
    in the lineup alongside the 450 for some time, it would appear to be the old
    model!
    Joe
     
    Joe Smith, Feb 12, 2008
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