Over the Christmas holiday, BAH unplugged and went off the grid for a while. There was no browsing or blogging or chatting. It was an email free zone. And it was lovely. Instead of scrolling through web pages, I turned pages of books. Instead of jumping around the internet, I moved game pieces around a board. Instead of virtual chatting, I saw people in person. And I spent a considerable amount of time trying to learn to speak a new language. All because of my new obsession up there.
For the last three years, I’ve been using Canon point and shoots for all my picture taking needs. You might say that I was fluent in Canon. I knew how to flip through the menus, manipulate settings, adjust white balance, spot meter, and point and shoot my way around. But I also knew that the point and shoot’s days were numbered. For the second time in three years, my camera has decided it has had enough. The signs are subtle, but they’re there. It randomly switches over to video or scene mode and the focus is all wonky. Soon enough, Elf 2.0 will stop working altogether. These are not good behaviors in a camera. So I started thinking about what would replace Elf 2.0.
And I decided it was time to take the plunge and get a DSLR. As user friendly as Elf 1.0 and 2.0 were, I didn’t have as much control as I wanted with them. I couldn’t override the auto focus, I couldn’t switch out lenses, and I couldn’t play with shutter speed or aperture. And I’ll admit to developing an extreme case of camera envy from looking at other food blogs and their incredible, vibrant photos.
**This is not to say that point and shoots aren’t capable of producing quality images. I know first hand that they are. But I also know that as a tool, PAS have their limitations. So please, don’t misunderstand. I’m not a hater.**
So why in the world would I go from being fluent in Canon to being unable to speak a word of Nikon? Because having not one, but two Canons fail in three years does not give me a warm fuzzy feeling about spending considerably more money on a more sophisticated Canon product that would be harder to replace in the event of another failure. Sorry Canon, you had your chance. This is a long term investment for me and I couldn’t justify making it with you.
I’ve read and reread the owner’s manual and much of what D does is still beyond my understanding. But I’m slowly starting to figure a few things out. In a perfect world, I would be able to turn off the flash in manual shooting modes. Or I would be able to manipulate shutter and aperture in flash off mode. Or it would be easier to set a manual white balance value.
Like the time when I decided to change to German in college after four years of French, there’s a lot to learn. Actually, that didn’t go so well so maybe I shouldn’t use it as an example. Only time, and the pictures, will tell.
If you speak Nikon, and have any tips, suggestions, or resources, I’d love to hear them.