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December 22nd 2011 12:05 pm

Should I upgrade my DSLR or start investing in lenses

I've got a Nikon D40x currently from quite a number of years ago. Is it too outdated and should I start getting into photography by getting a new body first, or should I just get a few lenses to play around with first?

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Normally, I'd say the lenses are the most important thing, but in this case, I'd say a new body is in order. How many lenses do you have now? how invested in Nikon Lenses are you?

If your going to buy a new body and then look at lenses, I'd recommend going with a Micro 4/3rds system. The body and lenses are cheaper than Nikon DX or Canon systems. If you are set on a DSLR system with the ability to move up to a more pro body later, then I'd recommend a Nikon D5100 or D3100 or a Canon T3 or T3i. Whatever you decide, buy a 50mm 1.8 lens if you don't have one already.
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so micro 4/3 lenses are cheaper that DSLR lesns I think not.

50 mm (25mm) f1.4

319 for dslr
529 for micro 4/3­/itm­/Canon­-EF­-50mm­-f­-1­-4­-USM­-Lens­-Amaz...­/itm­/Panasonic­-25mm­-f­-1­-4­-Micro­-4­-3­-Le...
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A nikon D40x is a good camera to start your journey into photgraphy as it covers all of the basic functionality with not too many features to get distracted by. I would recommend that you continue on with it and spend as much time as possible to get to know all it's features. Over time if you dedicate yourself to learning digital photgraphy you will probably find that there are some things it cannot do for you, or at least some things that could be easier. At that stage you should probably consider upgrading your camera body.

As for lenses, you will of course need at least one to play around. I would caution against buying a few as it mean you will spend less time learning about the effects of different focal lengths, apertures, etc.

As recommended above, one of the best lenses to have is a "thrify fifty", 50mm lens. This comes in a few flavours, but i would recommend the 50mm 1/8D (­/nikon­/af­-nikkor­/50mm­/f18d/) as it is small, light and as sharp as hell. And best of all you should be able to pick up for around $200 or less online (in aussie dollars).

Using a "prime lens" (lens without a zoom) as above will teach you much more about photography than a zoom lens, and once you get used to usinging your feet for zoom (i.e. step back ;) you will probably have a lot of fun with the low depth of field (completely blurring out the background).
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If the camera still works, then I would recommend you keep using it and invest in glass. Along with a 50mm lens, I would recommend you get a fast zoom lens that has a constant f/2.8 aperture. I'm a Canon shooter, so I can't make any specific recommendations, but look for something in the 18-50mm or 24-70mm. If you can afford it, get a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens.

The only times you really should look at upgrading a camera body is if the mirror flipping motor actuation number gets high (500,000) because it will fail eventually, or if you have a need for the higher resolution (such as printing 11" x 14" prints or if you're doing commercial photography work). When you do upgrade your body, you'll already have high quality glass to use with it.
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