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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

I'm so happy, I almost peed in my pants! Hahaha Well, I didn't, thank God! But I got my new Nikon D40 SLR cam a few hours ago! I don't mean to gosh all over the place but I'm just ecstatic!

We were supposed to get a Nikon D60 but we decided to get the D40 instead; it's cheaper, by the way. Because I'm just starting out, I decided not to invest heavily on the darn thing because I might want to get something better in the future.

I am also going to sign up for a beginner's photography class at L.A. Valley College so that I will learn how to handle all the mumbo jumbo about my camera. I admit, I never read the manual that goes along with all the gadgets I get even though I know that I should! I just tinker around with them until I know how to use them which is not good at all.

Nikon D40 Features
  • Extraordinary Nikon image quality: The D40's high-resolution image quality is made possible by Nikon's high-performance 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX-format CCD imaging sensor and exclusive Nikon image processing engine which assures stunning sharpness and color.
  • Easy operation with intuitive controls: Intuitive controls make the D40 point-and-shoot simple, enabling even first-time SLR users to capture beautiful memories perfectly.
  • Nikon's smallest digital SLR ever: At just over 16 ounces, the beautifully styled and compact D40 makes high-performance digital SLR photography easier and more convenient than ever.
  • Fast startup with instant shutter response: Fast startup combined with super-fast shutter response and rapid-action shooting at up to 2.5 frames per second makes it easy to freeze special moments instantly.
  • Includes 3x AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens: Designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format digital SLRs, this ultra-compact 3x zoom offers Nikkor sharpness and versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations.
  • Shoot at up to 2.5 frames per second: The D40 can fire continuously at a speed of up to 2.5 frames per second, capturing high-quality action sequences of children in sporting activities such as soccer, baseball and much more.
  • 2.5-inch color LCD monitor with 3 colorful display options: Playback images are easy to see and function menus are easier to use with a larger and brighter color LCD monitor. The large 2.5-inch LCD monitor enables image preview at up to 19 times magnification and has large type fonts and easy-to-view menus as well as three all-new display options: classic, graphic and wallpaper.
  • High-performance 6.1-megapixel Nikon DX format CCD imaging sensor: Nikon's DX-format CCD image sensor delivers vivid color and sharp detail, great for making beautifully detailed enlargements of 16 x 20 inches and beyond. High resolution also provides room for creative cropping.
  • In-camera image editing: Highly versatile in-camera editing features include: Nikon D-lighting, red-eye correction, image trimming, image overlay, monochrome black and white, sepia and cyanotype along with skylight, warm tone and custom color filter effects. These features provide greater creative freedom, without the need for a computer, for those who prefer to send pictures directly to a printer.
  • New advanced help menu system with assist images: The D40's newly introduced "assist images" help you select the appropriate settings for many camera features by showing an example image typical of that setting as well as an advanced help menu for the current item selected. The D40's question mark icon (?) indicates that help is available for the currently selected item. Just press the help button beside the LCD monitor to see a context sensitive help page.
  • Fast, accurate 3-area auto focus: The D40's advanced 3-area AF system and the refined algorithms inherited from more advanced Nikon digital SLR cameras deliver fast, efficient and precise auto focus. AF refinements deliver greater precision with fast, more consistent subject acquisition and improved focus tracking for consistently sharper pictures.
  • Image optimization options: The D40's image optimize setting lets photographers adjust color, contrast and sharpening as well as other image settings according to the type of scene or output desired. Settings include: normal, softer, vivid, more vivid, portrait, custom and black and white, each of which are automatically adjusted based on sophisticated Nikon algorithms or user-selected settings for optimum results.
  • Built-in Speedlight with i-TTL automatic flash control: Nikon's innovative i-TTL flash control evaluates flash exposure with incredible precision to achieve better automatic flash balance and deliver outstanding results. The built-in Speedlight is always at the ready bringing beautiful exposures to darkened conditions as well as adding a flash to outdoor situations for enhanced twilight shots or an added impact to daylight images.
  • Bright, accurate SLR viewfinder: A large viewfinder makes composition easier, and overall viewfinder brightness makes focusing in low-light photography possible. The bright and sharp viewfinder, with 0.8x magnification, ensures precise composition.
  • Automatic exposure with 8 digital vari-program modes: Eight Digital Vari-Program modes include: auto, auto (flash-off), portrait, landscape, child, sports, close-up or night portrait, each of which adjusts automatically for optimal results under varied conditions.
  • Nikon 3D Color Matrix Metering II: The D40's 3D Color Matrix Metering II evaluates each scene for brightness, color, contrast, size and position of shadows and highlights, selected focus area and camera-to-subject distance, comparing that information against an onboard database of more than 30,000 actual photographic scenes
I bought my cam at Best Buy and their service is really good. I love how they answer all our questions regarding the product and what's more, they give out the pros and cons of each of the products. I even noticed that they don't convince you to buy the expensive one either! Sweet!

Location: Best Buy
Info: Nikon

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14 deranged screams:

Kat September 3, 2008 at 5:36 AM  

Wow! Congratulations on your new baby! I'm angling for a Canon myself, but I do know someone who has a Nikon and it's great! Post pictures soon!

Z'riz September 3, 2008 at 1:06 PM  

Thanks Kat! :) I am soooo excited to try this one out! I haven't shot anything yet, though; I haven't even opened the box yet! :)

arlene September 3, 2008 at 7:03 PM  

congrats, sis! i can feel how excited u are kasi ako nga na walang ganun na excited for u.

aeirin September 3, 2008 at 8:08 PM  

wow, ganda ng baby mo. ninang ako ha.... I'm planning to buy Nikon D40x, naiinggit ako. gusto matuto sa photography

Z'riz September 3, 2008 at 9:26 PM  

thanks mga girls! :) mag christening ako sa baby ko this weekend..... i hope i can showcase them...

sure aei! you can be the ninang! hehehe :)

MommaWannabe September 3, 2008 at 9:42 PM  

Wow! I am jealous. I'd love to have a Nikon dslr too - but we just bought a cam. *sigh*

Thanks for adding me sis.By the way I have a tag for you here.


Z'riz September 3, 2008 at 10:29 PM  

That's okay sis! You can buy one next time! :)

Paula September 4, 2008 at 3:44 AM  

Wow, congrats on your new camera. I wish I have one too. :)

ces September 4, 2008 at 5:10 AM  

awww! i'm so inggit!!!! congratulations and happy for you na rin!:( hahahaha! no really! good luck in your new adventures with the new gadget!

Z'riz September 4, 2008 at 11:22 AM  

Thanks guys! :) I am so psyched and I don't even know how to work the thing yet! hehehehe :)

bena September 5, 2008 at 8:31 PM  

Wow! congratulations ezrah! since you already got your brandnew SLR cam, it's camwhoring time girl! hihihi.. weeee! =p

Z'riz September 5, 2008 at 8:47 PM  

Thanks Bena! :) I have alway been camwhoring anyway but now, I can do it with a spanking new camera!

Thanks for dropping by! :)

Cathy September 6, 2008 at 6:02 AM  

Congratulations Girl! I would love to dive into the photography world but I got too many things on my hand already.

Have fun in the class and don't forget to share new photos.

You go girl!

Z'riz September 6, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

Thanks Cathy! I am sooooo excited to start my classes next week. I'll definitely show you some pictures when I perfect my trade! LOL :)