Top positive review
Oldie but goodie ...
30 April 2018
I know this camera is somewhat lacking in megapixels by current standards, has no video abilities, etc etc., but I wanted a DSLR which would be able to use my venerable and rather lovely old manual focus AI nikkors bought 30+ years ago for 35mm film cameras, and didn't have a lot of cash to spend. I was also wary of buying secondhand, it can be a minefield, so I went for a vendor with an excellent track record and a guarantee.The D40 I got is in excellent condition and has exceeded my expectations as far as picture quality goes, the smaller DX sensor and low pixel count are no handicap if your photos are not going larger than a 20"X16" print, or are mostly for computer use.
The camera handles very much like old film Nikons, altho' it is a bit light and plastic-y feeling, but for under £200 it is great fun to use. I bought mine from Snap it up (UK), it came with all the accessories listed including the kit lens which is fine for most purposes. If like me you are a 35mm photographer be aware that you need to mentally multiply the focal length (and the f number) by 1.5 to get an idea of its range with this sensor.
The kit lens has a plastic mount but the optical glass is great quality, the auto focus is pretty quick and accurate, and despite taking some photos into the sun I've not managed to provoke it into any flare of ghosting whatsoever.
It works with my old lenses, obviously as they lack the electrical connections to 'speak' to this camera body they are without metering/autofocus , but a separate meter or a bit of 'chimping' sorts the exposure, and the skill of twiddling the focus ring comes back to you from the past :-) With no focus aids on the viewfinder screen you have to take care, and it's not a quick process to get the focus spot on, so not for fast paced photography with a telephoto, but otherwise fine.