Quick question - Nikon D40 .... are the lenses compatible with more recent Nikon

There is a Nikon D40 advertised on a local classifieds site, with 18-55 mm & 70-300 mm lens. What I am thinking is that I could buy it for the lenses and getting perhaps a d5100 body only. Are the lenses from this earlier model going to be compatible? I've been checking online reviews etc, but am having trouble tracking down this info

EDIT A bit of price checking would suggest that a twin lens kit probably sells for a little over $200 extra anyway, so paying $250 for this is not really a viable option ?!

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    Yes, bot the D40 & D5100 have APS-C sensors, so no problems.

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    d40 is ancient btw, from memory its aruond 6mp or something horrible. d40x is slightly better, around 10mp.

    also , usually a twin lens is 18-55 and 55-200, so 70-300 isnt really your generic twin lens and probably more expensive.

    outdated and ancient , how much are you willing to spend?

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      What I'd thought was to get it specifically for the lenses, and yes, it's a 6mp camera. Some of us here would have just about killed for it when it came out. lol

      He was selling it for $250. I offered $200 before realising the lenses, new, added only a couple of hundred to the cost of the body. He wouldn't drop the price, so it was an easy way out for me.

      usually a twin lens is 18-55 and 55-200, so 70-300 isnt really your generic twin lens and probably more expensive

      It varies. A friend bought the D5100 recently and it came with the 70-300 lens

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      I accidentally upvoted you.

      The D40 is modern classic. 6M pixels is sufficient for the vast majority of people. Will you be doing very large prints?

      People are fixated on this feature to the exclusion of more important things - like lenses. I own a D40 and I bought it 3 years after it came out for a great price. Here is a guy who swears by it:

      http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/d40/d40-recommendations.htm

      Find a used D40 and then invest in quality lenses (preferably used as well). If you are happy with the lenses included in this deal, then please do not spend a cent more on a better body than the D40.

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        In the same way that the D80 is a classic.

        I have one and love it. I still have not found a modern equivalent without going up to a semi pro model.

        If your objective it to get cheap set of lenses with which to drive a D5100, then these will fit, as I said before.

        I would rather that you buy a good second hand lens (like a Nikon 24-70 F2.8) which will mean you can use it now and forever and match your 70-300 with the D5100. Personally I think you will get more benefit from a good lens than a couple of basic ones.

        You will also learn more too about photography. So you can't zoom of frame the image from sitting down. You will learn to move and take a better photo, and be able to capture that photo as crisp as anything, and not a softer photo which often happens with more average components.

        Geoff

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        Thanks guys, I appreciate the input.

        6M pixels is sufficient for the vast majority of people. Will you be doing very large prints?

        Not large prints, but I do like to do a bit of macro work, but can't justify the prices that seem to be charged for decent macro lenses, so figure the extra pixels will help to compensate for this. It's probably flawed thinking, I guess.

        I would rather that you buy a good second hand lens (like a Nikon 24-70 F2.8) which will mean you can use it now and forever and match your 70-300 with the D5100

        My problem is that I know so little about what to look for with used lenses and wouldn't know what to be looking for. Scratches are the obvious thing, but beyond that I'd be somewhat in the dark. I also don't live in a capital city, so would be reliant on buying sight-unseen.

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    buy new

    the camera is nothing special and the lenses are crap

    i think a D51/5200 with the Tamron 18-50 f2.8 is still the go.

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    If after a phased out Nikon, isn't D90 a better choice compared to D40?

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      i have a D90

      it takes better pictures than i'm capable of

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