Question about Nikon D40x Digital Camera
I want to take some really high spee photos. My D40's shutter speed goes up to 4,000, but I need the flash to get details in these photos. Every time I put the flash up on shutter speed mode, it sets the speed back down to 500 and I can't get it any higher. Any way to fix this on the camera without buying a self-standing flash?
Actually you cannot take 'High Speed' photos and flash they way you are thinking- Even even with high spec pro cameras - it does not work that way. The Flash speed is in the order of 10,000th sec. So all the shutter has to do is open for a long exposure - because synching the the flash is hit or miss And it is the Flash that does the exposure.
Posted on Aug 29, 2007
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The Nikon D60
is an inexpensive 10 MP DSLR that comes with an excellent 18-55mm
VR lens for about $650 as of June 2008. It was a announced in January, 2008, and sold for about $750 with lens in February 2008.
The Nikon D60 is a
replacement for the almost identical D40x.
Personally I prefer Nikon's least expensive D40
over the D60 or D40x. The D60, D40x and D40 are actually exactly the
same cameras, differering only slightly in their internal electronics,
but differing greatly in their prices.
The D60 is less sensitive to light then the D40
(its default ISO is only ISO 100 compared to the D40's default ISO of
200). Its less sensitive to light because the pixels have to be made
smaller to cram more of them into the same-sized sensor. Smaller pixels
collect fewer photons than larger pixels. Since the D60 is half as
light sensitive, the D60 has to use twice as long a shutter speed or a
larger aperture, which makes it more likely to make a blurry picture
than the D40. OOPS!
Save your money and get the D40 instead. The D40's faster sync speed
is invaluable for use with flash outdoors, and the extra light
sensitivity in normal use will help make sharper pictures. These three
cameras (D40, D40x, D60) otherwise, for most users, are identical.
Compare them in person and you'll see. Megapixels don't matter.
(I detail the few fine points which are new in the D60 further below.)
I had my hands
on a D60 back in January 2008. The D60 is an
excellent camera, but for most of the people who will buy
it, it's the same thing as the $300 less expensive
D40. I'd suggest getting a D40 and putting the $300
towards more lenses and/or a bouncable flash.
In fact, the faster flash sync speed (the fastest
shutter speed with flash) is more than twice as fast in the D40 (1/500
vs. 1/200), and along with the faster base ISO, the D40 is more likely
to make sharper photos for most people, for hundreds of dollars less!
The only significant feature in the D60 over the
D40x and D40 is adaptive dynamic range.
The D60 does not have any of the other next-generation functionality
of the D3 and D300.
The D60 is just a D40 with more pixels, but
slower shutter speeds with flash outdoors and less basic light
sensitivity due to the smaller pixels needed to jam more of them onto
the same-sized sensor.
make excellent 12 x 18" (30 x 50 cm) prints from my
6 MP D40; do you plan to print bigger? Really? The
resolution makes no difference unless I'm printing at 20 x 30" (60 x 80 cm) or more.
Since the D60 costs $300 more than the D40, I'd much rather have a D40, 1/500 flash sync for better daylight fill-flash range, a minimum ISO of 200 and $300 left over to buy lenses and an external flash that I can bounce for better lighting. For instance, the D40, 55-200mm VR and SB-400 is a far better way to spend the same $750.
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