My new baby

My new baby - Nikon D7000

I have a new camera!

My dslr is a 5 year old model, ancient in digital cameras time. It is a good, solid camera, but it was time to get another one, one with video capability. I got my new baby on Monday, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that I had a chance to use it. With a new, very modern camera comes the reminder that more resolution only makes bigger pictures, not better pictures. I am still the same lousy photographer I was on Sunday.

I really didn’t have much time to do anything with it. Bummer. There is also the fact that with each new camera changes are made to the position of buttons, menus change, functions change. The basics still remains the same, but there is a learning curve (and probably some cussing).

My new baby - Nikon D7000

Video is not my medium, but I will learn. I haven’t even tried to figure where to switch on the video mode is yet. I suppose I’ll have an idea when I finish reading the 300 page-long manual.

The only bad thing about the new camera is that it is significantly heavier than my old one. Not a good thing for when I am traveling, as I usually lug around all my lenses and a couple of flashes with me. Next time I’ll leave some of that stuff at home before I get a herniated disk or something.

My new baby - Nikon D7000

So there, I was going to post something else today, but I am giddy today, like a girl with a new camera.

What camera do you have? It’ll be interesting to know what people do with what they have.

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  • Little Treasures November 18, 2010, 5:31 PM

    Congrats! Can't wait the avalanche of breathtaking pictures you are going to show us with your new camera!And another thing.. umm, I would die to be as lousy as you are!

  • Jo November 18, 2010, 5:25 AM

    Your new baby takes excellent photos for one so young.. ;o)And.. 'Newer & More advanced' aren't normally found in the same sentence as 'CHEAPER'.. so well done.I still have my 35mm Minolta dynax 300Si with an extra Cosina 100/300 zoom lens. I confess I haven't used it in forever.. but I could never part with it.Now I'm a Fuji Finepix girl. Started with the 500, then the 1000 and now a 1500.. [1600 next I think] I am miffed though 'cos Fuji's used to take both sd and xd memory cards which was one of the resaons I liked them.. but now you can only use an sd… not happy.Jo xx

  • Vanessa November 18, 2010, 12:10 AM

    Your photos look great. I have a new Canon Kiss x4 (Rebel in the US). I LOVE it. It's responsible for making my pictures look presentable. Unfortunately, working as a photo producer did little if nothing to develop my photography skills.

  • Kim November 17, 2010, 11:08 PM

    Welcome new baby! Your baby takes gorgeous photos if you're not the one doing it.Was using a bottom of the line Canon Rebel for years. The LCD screen was puny and I didn't even use it b/c it didn't show me anything worthwhile. I just got the new Canon 60D. I'm having fun with it. Also has video. I've had it for a month now and still haven't a clue how to use the video. Not interested, but I should learn. Watch it doesn't even work!

  • Caroline @ Atelier Caroline November 17, 2010, 9:25 PM

    My hubby treated me with a Nikon D5000 for my birthday. Slowly but surely learning to wean from the Auto mode and having fun discovering new tricks!

  • Mariana November 17, 2010, 7:45 PM

    Great pics Clara! :)

  • catnap November 17, 2010, 6:24 PM

    Lousy photographer??? I love your photos. Keep em coming. I have a little Olympus T100 that my son bought for me (so I'm very sentimental about it). It's as much as I can handle. Works well for me. I know how you feel about the learning curve. Someday I'll actually learn how to use everything and what all the mysterious numbers mean. I don't worry about being a lousy photographer. I just enjoy the journey. Don't even bother sharing most of them. They're just to make me smile.

  • Aunt_Clara November 17, 2010, 1:41 PM

    @ Weedwacker & SusieR:I got a Nikon d7000. It just came out last month. I went for the newer, video-capable, more advanced and cheaper d7000.

    @Beth: Oy! That sounds terrible. I am very glad to hear you came out of this intact. I started with a film slr long ago, but dropped it when the camera died and because of the cost of the whole thing. I had to pick a cheaper hobby.

  • Weedwacker November 17, 2010, 12:19 PM

    Beautiful photos! What kind of camera did you get? I got a Nikon D40 last year. I just love that camera. I thought about an upgrade, but this one has everything I need, and it's lightweight too.

  • Anji* November 17, 2010, 3:00 PM

    Lucky you!And 'lousy photographer'?! come on Clara, you are definitely not a 'lousy photographer'!! I always love your photos..

  • Beth @ Wiccan Make Some Too November 17, 2010, 12:47 PM

    Congrats on the new point & click box with the phonebook sized instruction manual! I love that you are taking time to savor your "Yeah" moment. I just recently graduated to digital from 35mm. Right now I have a cheapy Vivitar. But it works & no cussing about the darkroom I no longer have. I am still a licensed free lance photographer. I lost all cameras & darkroom equipment in a mad dash to save my life back in 1996. My now ex was coming at me with an axe. (abusive men & alcohol do not mix) Happy to have my el cheapo camera for blogging.

  • SusieR November 17, 2010, 12:22 PM

    I'd love to know the mfr and model number of your new baby. I am in homework mode for a new camera myself. Any advice? Thoughts on why you chose what you did? Would love to know!!