Thursday, August 13, 2009

Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory



A while back Merisi (whose Vienna for Beginners blog I check out daily for the amazing photos,)suggested that I might want to upgrade to a single lens reflex camera. And she suggested a Nikon D80.

So now we have house guests and one of them has . . . a Nikon D80. Vic very kindly showed me has to use it and then turned me loose.

I'm convinced. I spent a pleasant hour or two wandering around the garden with this camera. The pictures here are from this camera and there are more in this web album. I see a BIG difference. And I didn't even begin to explore all the bells and whistles.

I still like the little Lumix for carrying all the time but I have a real feeling that a SLR is in my future.


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13 comments:

Pat in east TN said...

Wow ... all I can say is "WOW!"

KarenB said...

Gorgeous!! LOVE the jewel weed. I've been looking at the butterflies on my butterfly bush and wishing I had a camera that could capture their beauty. That one would do it!

Vicki Lane said...

Our house guests just left and I am in camera withdrawal -- not pretty.

Carol @ TheWritersPorch said...

Now this camera would have done justice to my sunset Monday! I'd be in withdrawl too! Stunning pictures! I love the chairs best!

Kaye Barley said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous and just stunning.

You have prompted me to start exploring all the options on my camera. It's got a bunch of bells and whistles and all I've done is ignore them 'cause they're a little intimidating. Time to move beyond all that, huh?!!

willow said...

Oh-oh-oh. The Nikon D80 is the dream camera I am saving for. Brilliant pics. Drooling here.

Star said...

It truly is amazing what these new cameras can do, isn't it. I think Blogging has given the camera makers a bit lift because we all want our pictures to "do our Blog proud", don't we. I loved your flower pics.
Blessings, Star

Vicki Lane said...

The fella who lent the the camera suggested I also take a look at the Nikon D90 and a Canon Rebel before I commit. Decisions, decisions!

Tammy said...

Lovely photos. I love my little digital, but compared to the depth I could get from my old 35 MM and all it's glorious lenses, it sometimes falls a little flat. Having 'instant' photos is a dream though, and mayhap I should start saving for one of these nicer ones too. It's always easier when someone else can vouch or recommend something, because there are so many choices. I love those chairs in the last picture. It looks like they have grown out of the ground!
Tammy

Vicki Lane said...

Tammy, I've never used anything but the easiest cameras -- Brownie Hawkeye to Instamatic and now my little Lumix. But this camera I played with, set to PROGRAM, was basically as esy as a point and shoot.

I'm going to try to restrain myself and look at some others and not rush into what is a pretty expensive purchase. But when I do purchase, I'll pass on what I've learned.

Merisi said...

I knew from the kind of images you were producing with your little camera that you were ripe and ready for a DSLR.

Nikon's D90 is what I would look for, possibly at a reputable brick and mortar camera shop with helpful elves: You will be grateful to have a place to go to for all those questions that you will have during the first few months of practising!

Good luck! :-)

Merisi said...

I read only now that your friend recommended looking into the D90 and possibly the Canon Rebel. Abe Lincoln of "Brookvile Daily Photo uses Canon, fantastic pictures, check out his blog if you do not know it already! I decided to buy the Nikon more for haptic properties than anything else, the Canon felt uncomfortable in my hands (may have to do that I had used analog Nikon cameras before).

Have you checked out "Authorblog" David McMahon's pictures? He uses Pentax cameras, wonderful images too.

Vicki Lane said...

Thank you, Merisi! I have visited both the blogs you mention, as well as one by Ken Rockwell (recommended by my friend with the camera.) The Nikon felt very natural in my hand -- I'll certainly look into the D90 and the Canon Rebel -- and try to make the best choice!