Nikon D40 with standard kit lens AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
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I gave in to an impulse and bought a Nikon D40 SLR camera this weekend at Circuit City (liquidation sale, so a full $100 off its retail price). After using my son’s camera, I amazed by the major improvement in quality of the photographs over my Canon P&S (Point and Shoot) camera. Because taking pictures of yoga is like a sports shoot since there’s a lot of movement involved and it almost always takes place inside dimly lit studios, I saw obvious need for an SLR camera if I was going to be serious about capture the moment, and now compromising to get a half-assed shot. I chose the DX because it was the most inexpensive, entry-level model of the Nikon brand, and I can borrow lenses and flash from my son to give me a little more flexibility on a short budget.
I don’t expet to be as good as govindakai’s photostream or even Alan Little, but it is just a major plus for web development and blogging. I was influenced to get the D40 (aside from my son’s own preferences) because Ken Rockwell recommended it even over the more advanced Nikon and Canon models.