Saturday, January 12, 2008

Camera Talk

Stacy at The Land of K.A. has put out a call for some camera talk. She has a list of questions to get us started:
  1. DSLR or point and shoot? Brand and model.
  2. Love it? Hate it? Not sure yet?
  3. Why did you choose this brand?
  4. If you have a DSLR, what lenses do you have or want to have.
  5. Add a link to your favorite image(s) you took with your camera so others can see what it is capable of creating.
  6. Anything else you think is important for someone buying a new camera to know.

1. DSLR Nikon D40x, I also use a Canon PowerShot S400 P&S sometimes, that's my "old" camera.

2. LOVE IT!!! I couldn't love a camera more. Absolutely, totally in LOVE.

3. I chose Nikon pretty much because my Dad uses Nikon (D70 and D80) and I can borrow all his stuff. I read a lot of reviews before I bought and it seems like both Nikon and Canon have their camps, but that they are pretty comparable, especially for my level of photography.

4. I have the kit lens (AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 G II ED) and a zoom lens (AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED) I would love to have a fixed focus lens with a low f-stop.

I have actually been using the kit (18-55) lens a lot lately. Now that we are indoors all the time I can stay close to my subjects and still get a lot in the frame. I used to have the zoom lens (55-200) on all the time and love how I can zoom in really close to something. It also gives a really nice bokeh (the fuzzy part in the background).

5. Some of my favorite images:

Taken with the 55-200, zoomed in close and a really nice bokeh:

And with the kit (18-55):

I am no expert, by any stretch, I mostly don't know what I'm doing. But I point and I shoot and I am amazed at what comes out. I generally let the camera make all the technical decisions, but I have enough of a basic understanding to get by. My photos are sharp, the color is rich and I just love the images I get.

6. If you are looking to buy a DSLR: Do it! I would recommend mine in a minute. Just let the camera do the work to start and then you'll figure out what need to be tweaked.


Stacy said...

Thanks for participating! You have nice images with your camera. I found this on the D40 lenses:

"AF-S lenses = everything works.

AF lenses = meter works, but you have to focus manualy.

Anything older = meter doesn't work but you can still mount and use them.

The problem with AF-S lenses is that there are NOT many primes in that style, yet. If you want a 50mm, it will be the AF version and you'll need to focus manualy. get a nice short zoom in the AF-S style and use it at the 50mm range."

jamestownboys said...

It's fun to see others having as much fun with their cameras too :).
Fun post!