Wednesday, May 02, 2007

The doggone girl is mine

I have had bad Michael Jackson lyrics in my head all night. Normally, this is the point in the story where I tell you why I have had Michael Jackson lyrics in my head all night, but you are going to have to wait for a second because my brain is bouncing around faster than I can create proper sentence structures.

You know how when you want something, and you think about wanting it for so long, and then you finally get it you aren't sure how to feel. Well, let me rephrase that, when you are "me" and you want something, and when you are "me" you think about wanting it for so long, and then when you are "me" you finally get it you aren't sure how to feel, that is what is going on right now. I bought the D80 today, yes that D80. The same Nikon D80 that I have been drooling over for months, and have been researching the crap out of, and generally yearning for in a way that if the camera were a person my thoughts might not be legal in some states. That D80.

I have known for about a week now that I was "officially" going to buy it, but I actually rented it for the weekend to make sure that it was the right fit for me. This whole process started months ago by examining my options. Should I switch to Canon, are the Canon options better? After exhaustive research the answer is no, the D80 is a much better camera than the equivalent Canon options. Should I go for the higher end D200? This was the hardest decision, because the D200 is such a great camera. The problem is that digital cameras are not investments like film cameras once were. Technology is changing so fast, and advances made so soon, that all of these cameras will be outdated in five years. I should invest the price difference in some better lenses.

After the test run this past weekend, I was sold. The camera is awesome. Just absolutely awesome. It can do all the things my film camera can do and then some. For the past several months I have mainly been using a very inexpensive Nikon Coolpix. There have been days where I have been so frustrated with it's limitations that I want to bash it into the ground. However, by playing around with the settings, I have really been able to take some great photographs. In fact, some of my favorite photos have been taken with that camera. Great photos are not about the camera, they are about the photographer. I know that, so maybe it is why I am so anxious tonight. I see plenty of people on flickr with cheap cameras taking amazing pictures. I also see the same amount of people with fancy cameras posting countless bad photos of their cats. My point is, now that I have all the bells and whistles needed for more advanced techniques, I want to use them. I want to be good. No, I don't, I really want to be great. So as I sit here, and stare at this piece of equipment in front of me, and think of all of the adventures that we are going to have together, I want to believe that I can take my photography to the next level. I don't want this purchase to be a waste. I know that all of my research was the right thing to do, but it has only brought me to the point of being able to put up or shut up. That can only be answered in time, so I guess we will have to see what happens...

1 comment:

bea said...

two observations:

uno) I once saw a story on a fashion photographer who used disposable cameras. As long as he set up the lighting right (as he would otherwise) it didn't matter. I thought that was neat.

dos) at first I thought you were going to say that you were let down when you got the camera. I definitely experienced that when I received my super sweet laptop - that I'm using right now - only to find out that the online reviewers were right and it does, in fact, over heat - as it did yesterday - and that the 14 or 17 or 45 or whatever pounds that it weighs really is a pain in the ass. But that's me (see #49).

I'm happy you like your new toy and I look forward to sweet new pictures. Maybe even of the first time I actually meet you when I move back to Virgizzle.