I've Been Talking About It For A Year And Finally Bought A New Camera
Actually I think it's been more than a year, but I finally upgraded to a new Digital SLR camera. I'm still stuck somewhat on the old film cameras (still own a couple of great Nikon's) and always enjoyed developing and printing my own B&W's...there is a special warmth inherent to those photos much like the warmth of the old vinyl records of which I still have several hundred. Anyway, digital photography now rivals film photography and certainly surpasses it regarding convenience. My intention was to deliver better interior residential photos for my clients, but I think there will be many creative, recreational photos in my future if I can get a handle on all the buttons and features.
I will admit though that I've lost much of my technical skills since using my first digital camera as it pretty much does all the focusing, sets shutter speeds and aperture openings...you pretty much just point and shoot. I've had a Sony Digital camera for the last 7 years or so and it's been fine, but I knew I had to up grade to something that allowed for more manual control and interchangeable lenses.
Enter the new Nikon D7000. It's technical strengths lie somewhere between the Nikon D90 & D300 that I was originally set on and in many ways far surpasses both. Normally I believe in overkill and I think I succeeded with the D7000. When faced with making a decision of what lens to buy I bought the SIGMA 10-20mm F4-5.6. Typically I would have purchased a Nikon lens, but this lens has a great reputation just like the Nikons and it's about $500 less. Besides I have several other Nikon lenses that will also work with the new D7000.
I've only taken a few new photos with the Nikon so I don't have anything to show you now other than the below photos. I stopped by one of my listings on the way into the office this morning to shoot these: Left, taken with the Sony fixed 50mm lens and the one on the right with the Nikon set at 18mm. The real difference I notice is a result of the lens. Because of the shorter focal length I'm getting more into the frame which will be great for interior shots. As I learn more about the Nikon the image quality will improve.
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