“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.”
About three weeks ago, I took the new camera from work home to practice with as part of my training. It is a Nikon D700 (that's all I can tell you about the techie stuff). It is a digital SLR and a whole lot more camera than my little point and click digital. I loved it! For one thing, it seems to work best if you actually use your eye in the viewfinder (my preference always!) to focus, as opposed to looking at the little screen. It made me nostalgic for my long-gone ancient film SLR, a second hand Nikon FG.
I don't expect I will actually be buying a camera as sweet as the work one as it is probably more camera than I need, and pricey. So what do I need in a camera? Well, I want something that will focus on what I want to focus on, not on everything. I really miss having that depth of field in my pictures. I want to use my eye to frame the picture and pick the point of focus, not rely on the little screen. I want one that I can add lenses to, if I become proficient enough to want them. So what am I taking photos of? My son, my garden, nature in general and whatever else inspires me.
I am a Nikon fan and if I like something I tend to be brand loyal. I wasn't planning to buy a new camera any time soon, but after using the work camera it's really hard to go back to the one I have. So I've been peeking on the Nikon site and am starting to swoon a little, I'm afraid. I am thinking of going to a good camera shop, like McBains, to look at a few like the D60 and the D80. I think I even recall someone telling me that they will give you a little lesson with your new camera if you so choose.
Does anyone have experience with either the D60 or D80 or other Nikon camera? I welcome hearing your opinions.
Not that I'm buying or anything! Just looking! *Ahem* And for any loved ones reading this, forget about my birthday coming in a couple months...don't even think of it! Really. I mean it, really.