Thursday, January 31, 2008

Sigma Extends Long lenses for the Nikon D40, D40x and D60

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the launch of the new APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO for Nikon and 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO for Nikon. The built-in motor allows autofocus with all Nikon digital cameras. These lenses incorporate a macro feature with maximum magnification 1:2 at the 300mm focal length. It is suitable for various types of shooting conditions.

Telephoto zoom lenses with tele-macro function, optimized for digital SLR cameras APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO for NikonCase, Hood (LH635-01) supplied

Telephoto zoom lens with excellent value for money and optimized for use with digital SLR cameras. 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO for NikonHood (LH635-01) supplied

Read Reviews Here!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Nikon Introducing Three New Lenses for your D40 & D40x





Nikon, Inc., today introduced the new D60 digital SLR camera, which provides consumers with stunning picture quality and versatility in an easy-to-use, compact camera design. The D60 joins Nikon’s award-winning line of D-series digital SLR cameras and shares a form factor similar to the D40 – Nikon’s smallest D-SLR camera ever. With 10.2 effective megapixels and a wealth of innovative and user-friendly features, the D60 enables both photo enthusiasts and those new to digital SLR photography to capture incredible images like never before.

Check it out here!

PhotoCamel - Photography Forum

PhotoCamel - Your friendly Photo Community!

This is a great forum! They have everything, like tutorial's and lots of contests to help make you and me a better photographer. You definitely want to hang out here!


Friday, January 25, 2008

Photoshop Elements 6 for your D40 & D40x Post Processing Software

Updated New Photoshop Elements 9

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6 software combines power and simplicity so you can easily tell great stories with your photos. Make your photos look their best whatever your level of editing experience--a friendly new design and step-by-step editing assistance help get you started. Easily perform more advanced retouching and enhancing thanks to easy image-selection tools, amazing compositing capabilities, and more. Share your stories in imaginative photo books, scrapbook pages, slide shows, interactive web galleries, and more. And always find and view all your photos and video clips with ease.

I just picked up this software from costco for $49 dollars and so far I love it!

I think the deal is going tell the 27th so you need to hurry if you want it for a great price.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 6

Thursday, January 24, 2008

New Nikon Camera User Forum - D40 & D40x Area!

Here's a new forum for you to join., Seems pretty good to me! Let's help them grow by posting on their forums.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Tamron 70-300mm Lens for Nikon D40/D40x

Tamron are releasing a new version of their popular 70-300mm telephoto lens that’s compatible with the Nikon D40/D40x DSLRs. The revamped AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 lens will have a built-in motor AF system. The price of the new Tamron 70-300mm for Nikon in the US is $189.00 and it will ship this week. It will be launched in Japan on February 1st 2008.

$189 bucks!

read more here:

Monday, January 21, 2008

DSLR Tips for you and your D40 & D40X

What a great web site for new DSLR owners! You have to visit, there is tons of great information to study and learn. They have photography tutorials, video workshops, lens and accessory reviews and more! I think i could learn a few things here!


D40 shoot from the lake this last weekend!

Originally uploaded by Click Clack MA
Well i finally got to get out on the water and shoot some pictures of our clubs bass tournament and liked this one the best. I was using the Nikon 55-200 VR lens from my kickboat and with me being in the water moving the VR lens did a great job of capturing my shot's without any blur.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Nikon 50mm f/1.8 D Lens for around $100 dollars!

This is a lens you might want to get since the price is so darn good and i hear nothing but good things about this prime lens. It will work on your D40 & D40x but will only manual focus. I've read tons of great things on this lens so i'm looking to get one as soon as possible. Being a prime lens means theres no zoom so you have to move closer or move back. Here's what Mr. Ken Rockwell has to say about this lens.

Check it out Here!

Thursday, January 17, 2008 - Resource site for you and your D40 and D40x is an online community for photographers to connect and discuss photography, explore galleries, share photographs, and learn more about the art of photography. The site began in 1993 as Philip Greenspun's personal home page at MIT and has grown to become a community of more than 600,000 registered users working to help each other improve as photographers.

Great site for photography resources

Monday, January 14, 2008

D40 & D40x Top 25 Tips of 2007 from PopPhoto!

Top 25 Tips of 2007
Our Favorite Tips of the Year From PopPhoto Flash

The Editors of Popular Photography & Imaging have posted a tip a day, every weekday since April, on our blog PopPhoto Flash. Some tips came from our editors themselves, while others were pulled from books, blogs, websites, or donated from ingenious readers. Listed here are our favorites, the top 25 tips of 2007.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Your D40 Flickr Photos and the New Photophlow!

Something new i just came across on Crave. Looks pretty cool but right now they are only allowing you access by invitation. Sign up here and hope for a invite i guess. That's what i did.

Photophlow is a fun way to share flickr photos in real time. invite your friends, search together, chat and comment all at once.

'A comfy coffee lounge'"It really changes the way I use Flickr," said Alex Almeida, who publishes the Phat Photographer blog, who described Photophlow with a different metaphor. With its instant interaction, "it really is like a comfy coffee lounge with a big shoe box of photos where people can chat comfortably and pull any of those photos out of the shoebox and discuss them."


Understanding Histograms on your Nikon D40 & D40x

Possibly the most useful tool available in digital photography is the histogram. It could also well be the least understood. In this article we will look at what a camera histogram tells the photographer and how best to utilize that information.

Virtually every digital camera, from the simplest point-and-shoot to the most sophisticated digital SLR has the ability to display a histogram directly, or more usually superimposed upon the image just taken. (The Hasselblad H1, the latest generation of film & digital capable cameras, can display a histogram on the camera grip’s LCD while the image is separately displayed on the digital back’s LCD.) On most cameras though the histogram display takes place on the rear LCD screen, and most cameras can be programmed to do this both on the image that is displayed immediately after a shot is taken, or later when frames are being reviewed.


Thursday, January 10, 2008

Nikon D40 & D40x Circular Polarizer Filter

Well i just ordered my first Circular Polarizer Filter and cant wait for it to arrive. If the sun ever comes out again here in Northern California I'll be testing it out when it gets here! For me I shoot a lot of outdoors stuff like bass fishing on our the lakes so this will be nice to have. Some people say they never use a circular filter and some say they use them all the time, So i guess it's up to the individual person. After researching all the forums it's clear to me that the Hoya Pro1 DIGITAL Circular polarizer is the one to have. With my 2 lenses i got with my D40, the 18-55mm & 55-200mm VR both take the same size filters 52mm so that's nice. Next I'll probably get a Neutral Density filter. Here are some links all about filters I have found online.

Photo Tip: Polarizing Filters

All About Filters

Filters for Digital Photography

The Two Basic Filter Systems

The Filter Connection

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Nikon D40 & D40x Sensor Cleaning Video

Do you need to clean your sensor yet? I just noticed a dust spot on my sensor and needed to get rid of it but wasn't sure exactly how to do it till i found this cool video. This guy is cleaning a Nikon D70 sensor but it the same as our D40 and D40x. After watching this video i had no problem getting rid of that dust spot. Thank God!

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

New Nikon School DVDs for D40 & D40x Owners

Nikon School Presents: Fast, Fun & Easy Great Digital Pictures Instructional DVD & Understanding Digital Photography Instructional DVD - for Nikon D40 & D40x Digital SLR Cameras.

I got the Fast, Fun & Easy DVD in my Christmas stocking from Santa this year and it's a pretty good DVD. But i would suggest getting the Understanding Digital Photography DVD instead since it's more in depth.

Fast, Fun & Easy

Understanding Digital Photography

Monday, January 7, 2008

Nikon D40 and D40x Compatible Sigma lenses

The New Nikon D40 and D40x are the first Nikon body without a built in auto focus motor. This means that the any lens used with the D40 and D40x will need the auto focus motor built into the lens. These lenses are called AFS lenses. Sigma has a large line of compatible AFS type lenses. Most of these lenses have the HSM motor in them with the Exception of the 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 EX DG OS (optically stabilized).

The following lenses are fully compatible with the Nikon D40 and D40X:

18-200mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM - New
18-50mm f2.8 EX DC HSM - New
17-70mm f2.8-4.5 DC HSM - New
18-50mm f3.5-5.6 DC HSM - New
55-200mm f4-5.6 DC HSM - New
10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC HSM
12-24mm F4.5-5.6
17-35mm F2.8-4 DG
50-500mm F4-6.3 DG
APO 50-150mm F2.8 EX DC HSM
70-200mm F2.8 DG MACRO
80-400mm F4.5-5.6
100-300mm F4 DG
120-300mm F2.8 DG
300-800mm F5.6 DG
30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM
150mm F2.8 EX DG
180mm F3.5 EX DG
300mm EX DG
500mm EX DG
800mm f5.6 EX DG

Sunday, January 6, 2008

Nikon myPicturetown - Free D40/x Photo Sharing & Storage

Check out My Picturetown for yet another cool place to upload and share your photos. I just signed up and it took about 5 minutes and i had photos uploaded and viewable. Now of course this is no flickr or SmugMug but it works. Thanks Nikon!

See what happened when Nikon gave 200 people new D40's in Georgetown South Carolina.

Friday, January 4, 2008

D40/x Practice - Virtual Camera By Craig Hickman

From Craig Hickman

"I'm testing a new Flash movie designed to teach exposure concepts as they relate to digital cameras. Anyone can use it but it was originally designed for my students at the University of Oregon in the Digital Arts, Digital Imaging class. It still has a few rough edges and bugs, but you can try it out"

This is very cool to play with!


Nikon D40 / D40x Laminated Field Reference Card

Blue Crane Digital - Visual tools for a digital age!

Your camera manual covers all the functions on your new digital camera. It’s also over one hundred pages long.

When you are in the field, you need quick and accurate answers to achieve the best shot. We developed the inBrief line of camera guides so you can get the answers, and more importantly, the shot you want.

Each card is divided into eight color-coded panels. If you have a question about metering or bracketing, simply look at the yellow panel. Questions about custom functions are answered on the green panel. The layout and description for the control panel and view finder can be found on the blue panel. And a color-coded index on the front page immediately points you toward the answer you need.

This looks pretty cool, I just ordered one from Amazon for $10 dollars. This will fit in my camera bag better then the user manual for sure.

Read Reviews Here!

Promaster Tripods for your D40/x

Eventually your going to want a tripod for your new D40/x DSLR. I see there are many to choose from and range in price from cheap (my kind) to expensive professional ones. For me I got the Promaster 6100 tripod and it's just perfect. I got it at my local shutterbug for $49 dollars.

Complete Guide to the Nikon D40 and D40x

This eBook is the definitive D40 and D40x instruction guide.

This eBook helps you master the use of the Nikon D40 or D40x digital SLR, with a complete description of all the camera features, plus lots of useful tips and background information. This is the work that should have been the manual!

This eBook is a must-read for any D40 or D40x user, with over 600 pages of information about everything about how SLRs work, to how to use the camera and the software that accompanies it. This eBook is supplied on CD-ROM for $29.95 plus shipping and handling

I personally have not got this book yet. If anyone has purchased it please let me know what you think of it. Thanks

Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D40 and D40x

Thursday, January 3, 2008

Nikon D40 Speedlights

Not sure if i'm ready to buy an add-on flash but if you are here are the 5 most popular for your nikon D40/x. I use the Sb600 and love it! Read reviews of each Speedflash below!

SB400 - SB600 - SB700 New - SB800 - SB900 New 

 How to Use Speedflash Books

Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC lens For Nikon D40

Sigma has announced a new superzoom lens specifically for Nikon owners. The £329.99 Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC lens features a built-in autofocus motor (similar to Nikon's own AF-S design) allowing the lens to focus with cameras like the D40 and D40X.

The 18-200mm lens sports two Special Low Distortion (SLD) glass elements and two hybrid spherical lens elements. These are said to keep aberrations in check, while a new flare-reducing coating helps keep ghosting to a mild spooking.

All the while, the new Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC lens is designed to be small and light; just 75.6mm long at rest and weighing just 395g. It also features a zoom lock to prevent the lens body from 'creeping' during transportation.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

2 Great Nikon D40 Tutorial's to Watch!

Nikon D40 Tutorial's. Watch and learn Digitutor all about your D40 and Picture Project tutorial, all about the software that came with your D40/x.

These are great to watch and learn. I must of watched them both 10 times before my D40 arrived. Enjoy!

Watch and Learn D40 Digitutor

Watch and Learn Picture Project Digitutor

Nikon D40 Wireless Remote Control - ML-L3!

Trigger the shutter remotely when using slower shutter speeds to prevent camera movement!

:Offers immediate release mode and two second delay mode
:Range approximately 16 feet in front of camera
I got this remote for Christmas and i love it! I used it this weekend with my camera on the tripod for some sunset shots. I think this is a must have for all Nikon D40/x users! It only cost like $15 dollars

Read all the Reviews Here!

Lowepro Camera Bags for your D40/X

Lowepro is globally recognized as the leading brand of quality protective cases for cameras.

Now that you have that new nikon D40/x your going to want to get a camera bag. I got the Lowepro SlingShot 100 AW and i love it! I got it on ebay for $55 dollars. The 100 Aw is the smallest of the 3 slingshot style bags but it fits everything i have right now. I have in my bag the following: D40 Camera, 18-55mm lens, 55-200mm VR lens, Lens cleaner stuff, battery charger, filters, Remote control, Plus extra pockets for my keys and stuff. I always have one or the other lenses on the camera also and they both fit nice in the bag.

Lowepro Slingshot 100 Aw

All Lowepro Bags

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Share Your D40/X Picture's With Everyone!

Flickr is almost certainly the best online photo management and sharing application in the world. Flickr is a way to get your photos to the people who matter to you. And since basic accounts are free, there's no reason not to explore further...

Flickr is a huge community of photographers. I love it, and I signed up as soon as I got my D40. Uploading and sharing my photos with everyone is nice and easy online. It's also FREE, or you can pay for the pro account which I did for $24 dollars a year.

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