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I have a D40 and have been able to use he LCD monitor as a view finder, somehow I lost this ability and can't seem to get it back. Any ideas. I lost it several months ago and another photographer was able to get it back, Unfortunately he lives in anothere country.

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If you were able to use the LCD monitor as a viewfinder on the D40, then there was something wrong with your camera.

The D40 does not have a Live View capability.

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