Wednesday, January 5, 2011

The Big Splurge – New Nikon DLSR

Although my current Nikon DLSR is perfectly functional, I have found great joy from taking better and better photos of my baby girl. To accomplish that, I have invested relatively small sums in a dedicated flash (which improves flash photos noticeably) and a 35mm f/1.8 lens (which allows me to take photos indoors without a flash). Both upgrades have allowed me to get photos of my baby that are priceless – to me.

Although I am often frugal, I splurged mightily on a new Nikon D7000 camera with a spectacular, pro 28-300mm lens. Did I need it? No. Will I enjoy it? Absolutely. My thoughts: Nikon cameras are well made and should last for years. My father's Nikon camera and lenses from the early 1970's still work perfectly. While DSLR's go obsolete faster than film cameras, Nikon lenses last for decades. Although expensive, I expect to be using this lens when Baby E graduates from high school. Going forward, I expect my photography kit will look like this:

  1. Pocket Digital Camera – replace them when they break. Never spend more than $200 on one.
  2. HD Video Camera – I love mine, but editing is a hassle. I will keep it, but favor still photos.
  3. DSLR Camera Setup:
    1. Nikon D7000 Camera
    2. Nikon SB600 Flash
    3. Nikon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR (for most uses) lens
    4. Nikon 35mm f/1.8 AF DX lens
    5. Nikon 18-55mm and 55-200mm DX lenses from older camera
    6. Nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF

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