Nikon D40X

Nikon D40X (2 of 4)

This is the Nikon D40X. This is practically the same age as the Pentax K100-D Super. This model was released March 2007. It’s interesting that the Pentax K100-D Super is compared to a Nikon D40, I didn’t expect that I’ll get a slightly higher model of it. So in a sense, this is almost the same in terms of features. But the main bonus that I really enjoy here is that the lenses that I got, I got 3 of them.

Nikon D40X (1 of 4)

So, how did I acquire this camera? I was given to me by my brother, since the he didn’t need it anymore since he was already using a modern mirrorless camera. Which he found more convenient because of the small size and more tourist friendly. Each time he brings the Nikon D40X, he keeps being blocked off by security. So, he’s happy with the mirrorless and he wasn’t using the camera for about 2 years now. So, rather the camera staying stuck in his home, he just gave it to me, including all the lenses, battery and such.

Nikon D40X (3 of 4)

As soon as I got it, I was floored to see all the lenses. This is a step up from using the K100-D Super, which I was stuck with using a 50mm prime lens, which is not bad, but I am limited to what I can do because of the very narrow frame I can do. But what I do like with using the 50mm prime, is that it does make me practice a lot because it was all manual. I had to focus, refocus and more focus until I get it right. But with this one, this 35mm autofocus prime lens makes it so much easier. I really don’t have to bother trying to focus on long periods of time.

Anyway, here’s a list and some sample shots. Some images are edited, some are not. Most of the images are focused on how they perform in terms of angle of the lens. Most pictures are not edited, so it looks toned down.

  • AS-F Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6G (Kit)

Nikon D40X - kit

  • AF-S Nikkor 35mm 118G (Prime)

Nikon D40X - 35

  • AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1.6-5.6G (Telephoto)

Nikon D40X - 55-200

55mm (left) and 200mm (right)

  • Neewer Digital High Definition 0.45x Super Wide Angle Lens with Macro

Nikon D40X - macro-2

For sure it’s going to take me a while to get used to all of these lenses. I’m not used to having this much options in one camera. So, this can really replace my Pentax although the 50mm (which the Pentax K100-D Super has) lens still work great, but in terms of zoom and the video capability, I think it’s still hard to replace the Fujifilm HS25EXR, which is the only reason the EXR is still in my camera rotation.

Nikon D40X (4 of 4)

The package also included a Targus TG-BGD40 battery grip, which means that this camera will take a while before it runs out of batteries. One battery grip contains 2 Lithium Ion EN-EL9 battery packs. Looking through the bag, I saw 4 battery packs. It included a 110volt EN-EL9 charger. That is a bit difficult because we don’t have 110volts as a standard here in the Philippines, but we do have adaptors and transformers. Good thing we have a 110volt transformer here at the shop (me and my wife run a bakeshop / restaurant) which we use for the Kitchen Aid mixer. As I tested the battery, it seems that one of the batteries is dead. It won’t charge. It’s a good thing we have 3 of them working well. I did go to the mall and ask if I can get one, there

It also includes a remote. This gives me control over how to take pictures while I’m at a distance. I can do a bulb setting now which I had no way to do on the K100-D. It also included 2 lens filters, one is a UV filter and another is a polarizing filter. A cleaning kit is also included, and a SD card reader.

Nikon D40X - others

I also got a Nikon SB-600 flash with it. Although I really can’t say I know how to use it. I’m still trying to figure it out. At the moment, I just downloaded a manual on how to operate it. I’m not sure yet how it work, but we’ll see.

Nikon D40X - sb600

I suppose the only thing that I didn’t get that I need these days is video. There is no video functionality in this camera. Other than that, I’m enjoying the camera.