New Camera

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New toys!!! Wait no, shhh do not tell Naomi that… this is supposed to be a tool of the trade… that’s right that is what we can tell her, just our little secret. Well, as the title suggests I am getting a new camera finally, after 12 years with the D40 (Naomi’s new camera). I have recently acquired a new camera which took a lot of deep contemplation and some deliberation with Naomi and myself. We needed to figure out what not only we need now but, also what we may need in the near future, and hopefully we did just that.

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Naomi, the thief, with my D40

So just why did Naomi and I think that we needed a new camera? Well as aforementioned Naomi recently received my D40 as a hand me down camera. She started to blog and we knew we would need to take images beyond cellphone quality and it was determined that she could learn photography on my old camera. While she stole my camera I could borrow my Dad’s spare camera (his 16 year old Nikon D70). That was the plan at least, but recently the D70 camera developed a fatal flaw. It thinks there is a full compact flash memory card in it currently and well, with or without a card it says that the card is full and will no longer take pictures. Now that my stop gap camera measure failed it came down to the truth. I needed something to take pictures. We decided not to buy just any old replacement, but a shiny new camera!

With an older model being off the table, we started looking at our options. Since we already have four lenses and access to my father’s equipment we decided to stick with Nikon for simplicity. When looking at the current line up we saw the D3400, the D5600, and the D7200 as possible choices. The full frames camera, while also highly expensive, also would mean new lenses so out they were out as well.

Now as a full in depth description of each camera’s specs would be beyond the scope of this post I shall stick with the major pros of each camera and cons. The D3400 is the least expensive camera on the list. This is in its favor, however it also lacks the articulating screen and touch capabilities of the D5600. The D5600 as stated has a articulating touch screen, but is also equipped with Nikon snapbridge, rather than the wifi connection of its predecessors. Snapbridge as a program has many flaws and the new model is a fair bit more expensive than the D3400. Now we come to the D7200, a camera I would love to have just for the sheer speed increase and added features. The 7200 definitely the better camera for pictures sake but with its added size, weight, and most importantly cost it has been decided to be a future camera.

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A new photo from my new camera

Well then, if not the D7200 we are left with the 3400 and 5600 so which will it be? Simply put neither…

Naomi and I came to the D5500, last year’s camera, with nearly identical specs as the D5600 and a much lower price tag it is the camera to fit our current needs. Now that being said the current plan is I will shoot with it for the next couple years while she learns more on my venerable D40. Then we shall pass the D5500 to Naomi and get the D7200 or an even shinier new toy… I mean camera.

With that decision made I have many more to come camera bag, new tripod for video, drone, small action camera, and hopefully a wide angle lens. However those are for another day as I must budget for my calf now. That being said if you are interested in checking out the D5500 for yourselves click the link below! Follow us on Instagram to see some of my latest photos with my new toy!

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Nikon D5500 DX-format Digital SLR w/ 18-55mm VR II Kit (Black)

 

Getting Back into Photography

This past weekend I was able to make the drive up to Grand Rapids to see Naomi, while up there I gave her a crash course on my camera (I suppose hers now to an extent) the D40 by Nikon. The idea behind giving Naomi a beginner DSLR like the 40 is to try and give her more options with her photo taking for the blog. While it may never be the gear that makes the photographer it can help with creating a better image than a phone ( although you can shoot some stunning photos on a camera phone). As we walked around her campus Saturday, I showed her different settings and what to do for different shots. She asked “why have you not been shooting lately?” this stopped me for a minute. At the time I gave a response along the lines of, “oh I’ve just been too busy with work” but now, on later contemplation, I realized that life can’t be an excuse for my lack of shooting. It was my fault, my inability to let life make this impression on me and for me to attempt to capture it in my vision. Now in the days following Naomi’s question I find myself looking… no I have always been looking I am seeing more over the vibrancy with which life has, the small details and the ways light plays across the landscape and features.

When leaving GR it was hard leaving my familiar little black and yellow camera bag with the “I want to drive the zamboni button” on the star there in Naomi’s apartment. I realize that although it is just gear, a 12 year old entry level DSLR, I am still attached to its familiarity. Attached to the way I knew how it would see the world and how to make its images, my images. I know in time I will grow accustomed to my new temporary camera my father was kind enough to allow me borrow (his 16 year old D70), but there will always be a soft spot in my heart for that little D40 even with all its shortcomings. It’s the artist that makes the photo, the camera is merely a tool of the trade, but it still feels like an extension of self.

Thank you for reading I hope this made sense to you. I would love to hear from any of you whom may feel the same.- Avery 
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