??shutter of the Nikon D40 and the D40x

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Private, May 10, 2007.

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    Private Guest

    What is the difference between the ??shutter of the Nikon D40 and the D40x
    mechanical shutter?

    What are the benefits/drawbacks?

    Private, May 10, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    One might have an (optional?) electronic shutter which allows super-fast
    flash synch & such. Sorry to be vague.
    Paul Furman, May 10, 2007
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    DoN. Nichols Guest

    At least for MY (now obsolete) D70, there are both. The
    mechanical shutter opens, then the electronic shutter controls the
    exposure, and the mechanical shutter closes again. Certainly for fast
    shutter speeds, the mechanical shutter plays little part. Since this
    was standard with the D70, I would expect it to be in both the D40 and
    D40x. Thus, there probably is *no* difference between the two cameras
    in reference to the shutter.

    DoN. Nichols, May 11, 2007
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    Private Guest

    The reviews that I have read indicated that the shutter in the D40x was
    different and was a 'mechanical shutter' which has a reduced flash sync
    speed of 1/200 vs. the ???? shutter of the D40 which allows a sync speed of
    1/500. The D40x also has a slightly faster frame rate (d40x=3fps, D40

    ISTM that there must be some reason for the change which results in a slower
    sync speed and that there must be some advantage, or perhaps it is necessary
    with the 10.2mp sensor. I note that the D80 (with the same 10.2mp sensor)
    also has a flash sync of 1/200 and a 3fps frame rate. I doubt that most
    would prefer or be willing to trade faster sync speed for faster frame rate
    but that may be just my inexperience.

    I suspect that the D40 has the same mechanical and electronic shutter as the
    D50&70 which is also 1/500 sync and 2.5fps and also note that they share ISO
    speeds of 200-H1.

    I suspect that there must be other advantages and drawbacks.
    Which type is simpler?
    Which type will have longer service life?
    Which type is more maintenance free?
    Which type will work better in the cold?
    Any effect on battery life?
    Other factors?
    Private, May 12, 2007
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    Private Guest

    Private, May 13, 2007
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