A mash up of reviews and a bit of my (newbie thoughts) limited knowledge on digital slr-manship
The D40x was announced March 5, 2007 and discontinued in January 2008. It is replaced in 2008 by the almost identical D60.
The Nikon D40x is a 10.2 Megapixel entry-level digital SLR aimed at general consumers, family users and photographic students. Announced in March 2007, it comes only four months after the launch of the 6 Megapixel D40, and indeed the new D40x is essentially identical other than a higher resolution sensor - and a higher price to reflect it.
Nikon says the D40x is therefore designed as a step-up for anyone who loved the D40 but was put off by its lower resolution, although clearly it’s also now a direct rival for Canon’s massively successful EOS 400D / XTi.
and a Ken Rockwell thought of your lens!
This lens was introduced as a kit lens along with the Nikon D40 on November 16th, 2006. It works perfectly on every Nikon digital SLR (D40, D50, D70, D80, D100, D200, D1x, D2X, etc.) It won't work on film cameras: you'll get black corners.
It replaces the previous 18-55mm AFS lens, which has been a favorite recommendation of mine for its low price and great performance.
It weighs nothing, it's super sharp, has little distortion, zooms much more precisely than more expensive lenses and has better macro performance than more expensive lenses. See my Sharpness Comparison as part of my Sigma 30mm f/1.4 review and you'll see it's among the sharpest lenses I own.
The fact that it sells for only about $100 makes it even better!
This is a great lens with better performance than many other costing a lot more. I prefer it to the $300 18-70mm, for instance.
now for my simplistic views
You have a great starter lens
if you want to do some great macro get a reversing ring off ebay for this lens for under $20 including postage and start playing the macro game
(this reverses the lens and lets you get real close (just drop the fish food down the glass as you need to be close to get a good clear shot))
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom Lens
when you have played for a while get a 100mm or 80mm or something similar with good light properties ( f-2.8 or the likes) on ebay (to get serious) but not before you have played for a while !!
you have a good camera so be patient for a good 6 -12 months ( or if you still are keen go better sooner but 10.2 mega pixel is great and many an award winning photo was taken with smaller pixel size )
I know nothing about nikon and am still in my first 6 months of digital SLR use
so in my 2 cents worth
nikon - canon = holden - ford
"lenses are lenses" as "tyres are tyres"
a crappy tyre on a good car will be crappy
a good tyre on a crappy car will see you through good and bad times
I have a 100mm macro lens ( $200 ) and a $20 lens reversing ring from ebay for one of my $20 lenses
I wouldnt want to play spot the difference ? ( the ones that have been at it a while will but not you and me ,,,,Me thinks
pm me for macro sites and tips but not experienced advice
I want to stand as close to the edge as I can without going over. Out on the edge you see all the kinds of things you can't see from the center.