A cheap charity shop camera, this one came with a roll of used film inside. Out of curiosity I got it developed and it’s family shots, probably a birthday or christmas.
This camera was released in 1998 and is, according to Nikon, a “Stylish, Lightweight 38-110mm Power Zoom Compact”. It’s a nice light camera, fairly robust so great for chucking in a bag and very simple to use as you’ve only really got control over the zoom and flash. Mine has dust and scratches on the viewfinder (but not the lens) which makes it hard to see through clearly giving the outcome even more of an element of surprise! It works nicely with black and white giving quite crisp images.
Let’s get the digital cameras out the way before we move onto the film ones. As well as my Nikon D40, I have a point and shoot Nikon Coolpix which doesn’t get much use these days (I like to have it when I’m away as it pops in a bag more easily when you’re out at night) and a Nikon D5500 with 18-140mm lens.
This was a BIG upgrade to my D40 but I think we can be safe that photography isn’t a short lived phase for me… It’s got all the things you’d expect of a modern digital SLR but most importantly for me, it was one of the lighter ones available at time of purchase and it has a flip out back screen which can be used as a live view screen. This means I can take photos from angles I couldn’t otherwise reach as I can no longer crawl around the floor (boo, hiss).
Without wanting to sound like it’s not a great camera, there isn’t much more to say really. If you want to find out about spec and performance there’s 101 sites online you can turn to. It’s a great camera with all the familiar features of the D40 and various additional ones. I’d expect nothing else from a modern DSLR.
If you follow me on twitter, you might be aware that I recently had a small ebay accident… I purchased a job lot of film cameras which the seller wanted to get rid off to clear space so was doing so cheaply. I managed to get 26 cameras for £50 which is pretty amazing and exciting. There’s a No 2 Brownie which is non functional, two Super 8 movie cameras*, four SLRs without lenses and the rest are a muddle of point and shoot and fixed lens cameras.
So, as I play with them and see which work and what they’re like to use etc, I thought I would create a series of blog posts to document my findings. That sounds overly academic.. apologies, this will be fun, promise!
First up… The camera which has been with me the longest…
I got this camera as an early 21st birthday present about nine years ago. It’s the first DSLR I owned, the second digital camera I owned and probably the fourth camera I’d owned. I love it. It’s been with me all over the world and has served me incredibly well. In fact I only got a new DSLR because my pain means that having a flip out screen is exceptionally helpful. It’s such a good camera that my friend also got one (I’m crediting my good taste for his choice in that).
When I got it, the D40 was the cheapest, bottom of the range Nikon DSLR available. Having had and loved a Nikon point and shoot for three years previously, I was keen to stick with Nikon.
I’ve used mine with three lenses: 18-55mm, 55-300 and more recently a 50mm prime lens.
* I plan on selling the Super 8s so if you’re interested in them let me know