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Decision:

  • Replace Nikon D40 (d40 released March 2007)

dombower - Nikon DSLR 18-200mm vr lens review youtube

DigitalRev TV - Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Hands-on Review youtube

One-Cent Soft Box (Bounce Card) by Ken Rockwell

The shape of the SB-400 makes it trivial to design a soft box from a single sheet of paper.

local pdf for soft box

Bounce card on sb400

Taping Detail of bounce card

ebay purchase $174

Planned upgrades

  • Nikon ML-L3 IR Remote Control Transmitter for many Digital Cameras
  • Nikon SB-400 flash
  • Nikon 18-200mm VR
  • Nikon 12-24mm - DX NIKKOR AF-S
  • Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce OM-400 for Nikon SB-400 $17 at stofen.com

Ken Rockwell - The D40 only autofocuses with the latest AF-S lenses. My favorite Nikon 18-200mm and 12-24mm are AF-S and work perfectly.

Ken Rockwell - If you have the right lenses, I’d get the D40 over the others. Even if you have older lenses, the kit 18-55mm II lens of the D40 is superb all by itself. Worst case, you’ll need to blow $550 on the brand new and much better Nikon 70-300mm AF-S VR instead of the cheap 70-300mm G. That’s probably doing yourself a favor anyway.

Ken Rockwell - If you want a tele lens, try the new inexpensive and lightweight 55-200mm VR. It’s perfectly matched to the D40.

Ken Rockwell - I love my 18-200mm VR, but it costs three or four times as much as the 55-200mm VR. The biggest reason to get the 18-200mm VR instead of the 55-200mm VR is not to have to swap lenses to get from one end of the range to the other, or to have instant manual focus override. Optically they ought to be the same and the 18-200mm VR weighs more than either of the others. Any of these are great choices.

Ken Rockwell - My 18-200mm VR is more than just a new lens. It’s changed the way I live and make photos. Some reasons my 18-200mm VR has changed my life are:

  • consider upgrade to Nikon D90 body in future (d90 released August 2008)

notes

  • consider upgrade to Nikon D90 in future (August 2008)

  • Nikon D40
  • Nikon D90 Shipping Since Early September 2008.
  • Nikon D300
  • Nikon D3200

Nikon ML-L3 IR Remote Control Transmitter for many Digital Cameras Nikon SB-400 flash

Nikon D40

  • Nikon D40
  • Nikon ML-L3 IR Remote Control Transmitter for many Digital Cameras
  • Nikon SB-400 flash

Nikon D90 Shipping Since Early September 2008.

Point and Shoot

purchase

Nikon COOLPIX L18 8.0 MP Digital Camera - Red - released 2008

ebay purchase $26

research

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 2008 8.1 MP

Nikon coolpix

  • Nikon Coolpix L16 2008
  • Nikon Coolpix L18 2008

Nikon Coolpix L18 2008

ebay $25

Panasonic Lumix

  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 2008

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8 2008

ebay $25 + $11 SH

Sony Cyber-shot

wikipedia List of Cyber-shot cameras

  • DSC-T50 (Sept. 2006. 3.0” LCD touch panel, 7.2 megapixels. 3x optical zoom)
  • DSC-TX1 2009
  • DSC-WX1 2009
  • DSC-W230 (2009, 12.1 megapixels, NO Manual Mode, 4x optical zoom)

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W230 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical