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D40 Test Drive
« on: December 20, 2010, 04:46:15 PM »
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I was graciously loaned a Nikon D40 to try it out, so a few pics from today in Point and Shoot mode:










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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2010, 04:50:41 PM »
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Always wanted to stand on that bridge and take some photos but was too damn lazy to walk there.  Bout time you caught some action at St Denis.

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2010, 05:31:30 PM »
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I'll upload some more later tonight, don't wanna mess with my son's ping at the moment ;D

Tomorrow I'm gonna see what I can do with more manual settings (something I'm more used to in the film days).
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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2010, 06:46:37 PM »
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It's tricky to shoot through those branches in auto mode because the camera will frequently capture focus on a branch or twig instead of the train.
It looks like you did fine though.
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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2010, 10:37:15 PM »
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Thanks! A brief diversion into the model world:


This is my ancient Sony digital. Note the superior depth of field. But these kinda pix aint the D40s game - right?


D40 in point and shoot. MUCH superior color and detail (of course!). Inferior depth of field.

This was an exercise I had to do. Back to proto next post. ;)

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2010, 10:53:43 PM »
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More from today:


same train:







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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #6 on: December 20, 2010, 10:55:56 PM »
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You need to get over to the corridore and see how well it handles an Acela at speed.

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #7 on: December 20, 2010, 10:58:21 PM »
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more







(I rarely watch trains from this angle so I'm amused by the numbers on top of the tanks)



Not quite in focus for some reason:




Not quite 4 here and the sun is chasing the horizon ...

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #8 on: December 20, 2010, 10:59:29 PM »
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You need to get over to the corridore and see how well it handles an Acela at speed.


Yeah - tomorrow!

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« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2010, 11:04:44 PM »
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When it warms up, we'll have to get together and head over to Point of Rocks and maybe further west for some photo shoots.

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #10 on: December 21, 2010, 07:23:49 AM »
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(I rarely watch trains from this angle so I'm amused by the numbers on top of the tanks)

They are very useful for us firefighter types trying to identify a product in the event of a derailment with leaks/fires/etc.
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« Reply #11 on: December 21, 2010, 09:20:49 AM »
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They are very useful for us firefighter types trying to identify a product in the event of a derailment with leaks/fires/etc.

Cool - makes sense. Seems to be a fairly recent thing eh?

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #12 on: December 21, 2010, 11:46:34 AM »
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It's tricky to shoot through those branches in auto mode because the camera will frequently capture focus on a branch or twig instead of the train.
It looks like you did fine though.

You can actually set the focus point manually so that whatever you're shooting is the actual focus point. Additionally you can point your focus at something else then reframe while holding down the shutter release.

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #13 on: December 21, 2010, 11:51:09 AM »
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Those aren't bad shots given the light you had available!

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Re: D40 Test Drive
« Reply #14 on: December 21, 2010, 11:52:39 AM »
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You can actually set the focus point manually so that whatever you're shooting is the actual focus point. Additionally you can point your focus at something else then reframe while holding down the shutter release.

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I am aware of all of that...I've been shooting with a D90 for almost two years.  I was just complimenting Mark on his captures.  
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