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new technology - Nikon D5000

October 4th, 2009 (07:10 pm)
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current location: on the floor on my back
current mood: drained
current song: Who Will Be the Next Iron Chef?

After me bitching again about how our point-and-shoot wasn't cooperating with me and how it didn't do what a traditional SLR did to give me control, (I was working on photos for my next class project and even the macro feature in either P or A mode wouldn't focus on Eiri's face but on the wall behind him), rat said let's go purchase a digital SLR. So yesterday he dragged me off my incredibly sore back (with a promise of food dangled in front of me) and we got this and this, along with a few filters, another battery and a DVD on the camera. We got both the camera and telephoto lense on sale, the camera because it's a new product and on special and the lense because we purchased it with the camera.

One filter is a macro 'helper', which should help with closeups. The salesperson took a photo of Talon my Pukisha and it looked MUCH better than the crap I get out of the point-and-shoot.

Now I have to get OUT of the point-and-shoot habit (basically compensating for the lame-o camera) and get back to my SLR roots but add the digital elements to it. It's going to take some time for me to get used to it, that's for sure. So many buttons and menu options!

And so fricking HEAVY! My body is not happy with that factor.

I'll still be using the point-and-shoot for a while - it's convenient to put in my pocket or purse and I can sneak it into the grocery store. LOL!


Posted by: lawless (lawless523)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)

I'm confused. Is the point and shoot a digital?

I think of my SLR as point and shoot because it can be used fully automatically. It crapped out on me awhile ago and I haven't tried using it since Brad said it was working but I prefer it to the non-SLR digital because the digital doesn't take the picture soon enough after you press the button. I might like a digital SLR but there's no money or need for that now anyway.

To me, digital is like electronic filing of court papers. It just shoves the burden of printing off on someone else. It's nice to save to a computer but it's less convenient for actually having pictures you can hold in your hands.

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 02:37 am (UTC)
Hug - Eiri and Shuichi

Yes, my point-and-shoot is a digital but the D-SLR will let me pick where to focus and manually set my focal length while still being somewhat automatic and lots of things I've missed for too long. It's true that the point-and-shoot is supposed to let me select my subject with particular settings, but many times it doesn't work and makes the backgrounds in-focus when I didn't ask for that.

All my traditional SLR cameras (I have three) are ALL manual. None of them have ANY type of automatic function on them. I have a 2 1/4 film twin-lense-reflex, too. Yeah, they're old. It's what I prefer - having complete control over every aspect of the image.

The new camera will take some time getting used to, but I'm looking forward to working with the new technology, too.

Posted by: lawless (lawless523)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 03:36 am (UTC)
shu & eiri dble exposure kiss with heart

I have neither the patience or interest for manual SLR but as noted might like a digital SLR, as I understand it somewhat is the best of both worlds. Enjoy yours!

Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)

I do hope to have fun with it! Maybe I can get some new profile photos of the stinky guys that don't have to be sharpened in Photoshop. Right now I have to sharpen almost every shot I take with the point-and-shoot.

Posted by: kyrenea (kyrenea)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)

I can't wait to see some of what you get with the new camera. I'm in need of one badly, but am finally learning what to do with the 4 year old dinosaur I got after Sammy was born.

My goal this year is to learn how to use a camera.


Posted by: onnas_baka_gaki (onnas_baka_gaki)
Posted at: October 5th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)

Well, it may take a little time! *laughs* I need to just start taking shots even though they are major suckage, just to get used to the beast.

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