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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
Offered by NextLevelSavings
Price: £142.90

34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a Nikon prime....., 18 Aug. 2009
It's fast, sharp, and excellent in low light. It works on every DX-format Nikon camera. Colour rendition is is good as you have come to expect from Nikkor optics. Shallow depth of field at wide apertures allows for lovely blurred backgrounds.

Get past f/4 and any residual softness in the corners is gone and you are in Sharpness City.

I have used this lens on my D40 more than any other in the last few months. Great walkabout lens.

The only gotcha with this type of lens is that the depth of field is really shallow (maybe only a few inches) at the widest apertures,so you need to be precise with your focussing, especially with portraits or close-up shots of objects.

What more do you need to know?

OP/TECH Pro Strap - Black
OP/TECH Pro Strap - Black
Price: £13.99

11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great upgrade from generic Nikon strap, 30 July 2009
The main part of this strap is a broad piece of foam with rubberised dots on the contact side. This may initially feel unfamiliar if you are used to the manufacturer's item which came with your camera. However it enables you to more comfortably hang the camera around your neck, the built-in elasticity taking the weight nicely.

It is also great to be able hang a DLSR on my shoulder, and it will not slip off. Those rubber dots do a great job.

Likewise, the quick releases are useful for easy camera storage.

One (small) negative is that foam strip may look/feel a little cheap to some people - but hey, you buy camera strap to use it, not to look at, right? It's main strength is in it's design.

Nikon D40 with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
Nikon D40 with AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real-world DSLR, for novices and beyond..., 20 Mar. 2009
Much has been made elsewhere of this camera's capabilities. Light in weight, pleasing picture quality, and fun to use whilst still providing a serious feature set for the keener amateur. Indeed some pro's use the D40 as a second camera.

Personally, I love the colourful 2.5" rear LCD, which makes a snap of judging exposure. Also, the fact that it doesn't feel like a lead weight in use, and has obviously been designed to fit snugly into the hand. The kit lens deserves an honourable mention. It's light enough to balance beautifully with the camera, whilst capturing fine images.

The D40 may lack DOF preview, auto-bracketing and other advanced features, but it delivers on important aspects like image quality. Even at ISO 1600, the images are still useable, assuming correct exposure. It also has a faster flash sync speed (1/500th) than any other DSLR currently available - invaluable if you want to learn flash photography in depth.

Some limitations - in common with the more expensive D80, the meter tends to overexpose slightly. This is easy to correct with about -0.7 EV exposure compensation. Also, you are limited to 2.5 fps shooting on continuous mode - you might want more for some sports events. The latter will probably never be an issue for most users though. I would also like the option to shoot at ISO 100 in bright light.

You are limited to AF-S and AF-I lenses for auto focus but you can use manual focus with most other Nikon lenses made in the last few decades. An inexpensive ( and excellent ) manual focus option is the AF D 50/1.8 NIKKOR or the new 35mm f1.8 AF-S for auto focus. These are very sharp prime (non-zoom) lenses which give outstanding results with the D40. These are great for low light due to the wide maximum aperture.

In summary, with the superior 18-55 kit lens, Nikon has got the balance about right with this camera. It may be aimed at the DSLR beginner market, but possesses an appeal which goes far beyond, as witnessed by the sheer number of D40-derived images on sites like Flickr.

X-Rite ColorMunki Photo
X-Rite ColorMunki Photo
Price: £297.64

25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great screen & print results on first tryout..., 4 Mar. 2009
This review is from: X-Rite ColorMunki Photo (Camera)
I had been looking for decent monitor and printer calibration for a while. I was sick of inaccurate print colours and washed-out looking monitor screens which made proper photo editing a nightmare.

Having been seen a demo of the device, I took the plunge and bought one. Now my screens look more vibrant, and print colours look much closer to what I see on screen - although some fine tuning is still required here. All this though a single USB-connected device and some partner software.

As with the previous reviewer, I pick up on the poor written documentation - although video guidance is available throughout the calibration processes. I found it easy to follow the on-screen instructions anyway, althoug having seen it demoed obviously helped.

N.B. - An internet connection is essential for software download and activation.

Overall, I would recommend the Colormunki Photo as a great all-in-one profiling solution for most home or club users - especially now that X-Rite has revised the license upwards from 3 computers per unit.
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