Re: [PanoToolsNG] Camera choice?
> Hi gang, I will buy a DSLR in the coming weeks and want your opinionThere was a question on the list regarding the differences between the D40x
> on sub-US$1000 bodies. This camera will be used for non-pano, and for
> QTVR possibly using Sigma 8mm f3.5.
> I'm considering Nikon D40X, Canon 400D, Nikon D80. To me they look
> very similar with the following exceptions so I'd like to hear your
> opinions with respect to features needed/desirable for creating
and the D80 half a year ago. I'll paste my answer here:
> I'm looking at the comparison guide for the differences between theNice comparison chart.
> D40x and the D80. Not too drastic.
I see the D40X has no flash commander mode. That would be a show stopper
for me. Commander mode means that you can put your flash anywhere in the
room and it will flash along with the onboard flash. I use it a lot for
macro work. I focus close with my macro and have the SB600 flash in my
hand to light the subject. The macro lens is big enough to cast a shadow
on the subject if I keep the flash mounted to the camera.
The lack of bracketing options is also a pity. One day you'll want to go
HDR without a doubt. But perhaps by that time there's a functional pda app
that allows you to command the camera via usb.
The D40x only has 3 focus area's, but I usually stick to center focus anyway.
Battery life time seems considerably lower with the D40x. That does make a
big difference for sure.
The lack of wire remote can be disappointing.
Having no depth of field preview button wouldn't matter to me.
I have never used the high speed flash sync.
ISO noise reduction isn't available on my D70s, so I don't know whether
I would miss the grid lines in the viewer. Great for horizons.
The fact that it can only auto-focus with lenses with built-in focus
motors may be a real show stopper, depending on the lenses you own or
would want to buy.
Oh, and the D40x is tiny. That's an issue a lot of Canon owners keep