Nikon’s D40 Wins Again!!!

pic_001 On Saturday I received my Feb. 2008 issue of Macworld magazine.  I was especially excited as this issue contains the Reader’s Choice and Editor’s Choice Awards for the best gear of 2007.

For quite some time, the D40 has been the DSLR “Top Product” in the Reviews portion of the magazine.  The amount of camera that you get for the amount of money you spend on the D40 cannot be beat.  Bottom line. 

In the Editor’s Choice Awards, the D40 was chosen as the best DSLR of 2007.  Who could argue???  Not me!  (And that’s not because I shoot with one either.)  The D40 is lightweight, compact, and packs a lot of the features that the higher-end Nikons have.  Sure, it doesn’t have a 51-point Autofocus, shoot continuously at 6 or 8 frames per second, and it’s images are half the resolution of the new D300; but you can pick one up with the excellent 18-55mm lens for $469.95 from B&H Photo here.  Remember, all those bells and whistles don’t take the picture, the photographer does.  They are simply tools to make the photographer’s job a little easier.  If you take bad pictures with a D40, you will take bad pictures with a D300 or a D3.  (But that’s a whole other subject and I’ll now step down from my soapbox.)

Another worthy award for something that every photographer should have, was the Drobo which stole the show in the Storage Device category.  It’s dubbed as the world’s first “storage robot” and is capable of keeping your images safe even if one of the drives fails.  You can find out more about the Drobo and see an incredible video on their website, here.

In the Reader’s Choice Awards, they D40x took the top honor as Third-Party Hardware of the Year!  Now, I’m not a big fan of the D40x because the sensor isn’t much larger than the D40’s and they crammed 10.2 (effective) megapixels onto it.  That’s a recipe for noisy images.  (Again, another subject for another post.)

Well, that’s it for today.  I’m so psyched about this week as I’m going to be able to get some shots out to sea with the Navy’s newest destroyer.  I’ll be sure to post some of them here to share with you all.  Have a great week! 🙂

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