My birthday is this Wednesday. As I am an adult now and birthdays are sort of just days, long gone are the big parties with lots of gifts, I try to treat myself to something for my year of hard work. Well maybe it’s not that hard, but still work.
I’ve been without a good camera (DSLR) for about 8 months now. I sold my old Canon 300D this past summer. I had owned it for a few years and never thought I’d part with it. But I did.
Being without a DSLR for the last 8 months has kinda sucked. I’ve been stuck using a little point and shoot Lumix, which isn’t bad, but doesn’t give me the kind of control I’m after.
I found a Nikon D40 on Craigslist this week for $300 (body only) and decided to jump at it. I was really hoping to get myself into a Nikon D90 with its video abilities and all, but the money isn’t there yet. A couple of guys I know at work have a D40 and so I got to play around with theirs. Although it is the entry level Nikon DSLR, it does have some nice features and takes great pictures.
I’ve shot with pretty much every brand out there, but I’ve always had a soft spot for Nikon cameras. I just like their look and feel. But this is the first Nikon DSLR I’ve ever owned. I used to shoot film on a Nikon FE.
So far I’m really happy with it. I already had two Nikon mount lenses left over with my film camera so they’ll hold me over until I can get some new glass for this camera. Right now I can’t do any autofocusing. My 50mm has to go completely manual on the camera. In some ways this is kinda nice. It gets me back into doing things the old fashioned way, which often results in the best images.
Maybe later this year or next year I’ll get the D90, but I figure, until I can afford to lay down the coin for it, I might as well still be shooting.
This was my first craigslist purchase and it went great. I met the girl down the street from where I live and got to see and shoot a picture with the camera before paying for it. She said she only had it for 7 months and it looks like it. It’s in perfect (like new) condition.
Happy birthday to me I guess. :)
So you’ll be seeing a lot more photography on this blog in the future. Until then, here’s a couple images I shot this afternoon with the D40 and my 50mm lens.