Yes, it is official. I am a proud owner of a Nikon D40x. I bought it at Lowyat last Friday. I went in every single store that sells Nikon digital cameras and asked for the cheapest price they can offer me. After weighing the pros and cons of each offer, I decided to buy from ENATA DIGITAL.
ENATA DIGITAL is the second shop (if I am not mistaken) on the left as you enter Lowyat from BB Plaza. I was served by a guy named Andy. I can’t help but to notice his ridiculous long eye lashes. Besides that, he is a really nice guy who has helped me in purchasing my first dslr. Below is the list of things I got with the purchase.
- Nikon D40x Kit with AF-S DX 18-55mm lens
- 2GB SD Card (Toshiba)
- JENOVA DSLR camera bag
- STEINZEISER SZ-88 tripod
- LCD protector
I also got two vouchers for Fotokem’s Fotobuk offer. It is a 20-page 6″ X 8″ photo album that we can customize with our photos. You can create the photo album using their software. There is no limit on the number of photos that you can fit in. You just need to decorate the photos for each page and they will print it out for you.
The Fotobuk costs RM59.90. The first voucher entitles me for a FREE Fotobuk and is valid for two months only. The second voucher offers a 30% discount and is valid for three months.
The cash price was RM2,450. I am not good at bargaining so I am quite sure you can further reduce the price if you are good at it. I bought the camera using credit card on a 12 month installment package. In the end, it cost me RM2,550 for the camera (bank charges included). I will need to pay RM210+ for the next 12 months for it. I say it’s worth it.
Actually, there is another shop that is willing to sell me the camera for RM2,450 (12 month installment). It is just a few shops away. The sign board indicates that it is a Digi shop but they are also selling cameras in it. I end up buying from ENATA DIGITAL because they gave me more confidence.
The Digi shop has a poster outside their shop that advertised the Nikon D40x was selling for RM2,399. So, it is possible to get the digital SLR for under RM2,400. You will just need to bargain your way to it.
After playing with the camera a bit, one of the major disadvantages I notice is the lack of zoom. My old Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ3 had a 12X optical zoom that makes my new 18-55 lens feel like a kindergarten boy. I am already thinking of getting a 200mm VR lens. That will cost me around RM1,400 I think. A macro lens would cost another RM1K.
Shit. This new hobby is getting expensive.