I finally got around to getting a decent
digital SLR, and it changes my outlook on things.
I have had digital cameras since sometime
around 1997, when I bought a venerable little starter camera, the Kodak
DC-20. Capable of holding a massive eight shots at an incredible
500x400, possessing no LCD screen and communcating only through a strange
and slow serial line, I started shooting digital and have basically never
gone back to film since. In the intervening years, other cameras
moved into prominence... the excellent little Olympus D340, a Fuji Finepix
2600Z with a remarkable-for-the-time-and-good-even-now 6X zoom, a cheap
Concord camera, and not one but two of the spectacular little Sony DSC
-U30, one because I thought it was cool and two because I wanted to have
a spare when the first would inevitably die (which it did a few months
ago after shooting around 14,000 pictures).
Well, the mantle has been passed to
a Nikon D50, a full digital SLR that accepts normal Nikon lenses and which
has changed my view of what digital cameras could and should be. With
3500x2000 resolution, essentially zero startup time, and practically zero
shutter lag and a $700 price tag, as well as a pile of interesting controls
and features I have barely started to explore, this thing has really gotten
to me. Today Suzanne and I went to the Howard County Fair and I shot
more than one hundred pictures at max resolution and barely made a dent
in the battery life. I used barely half of the storage in a one-gig
SD card (this is the only Nikon digital SLR that uses SD cards; most of
the others like CompactFlash). It's easy to learn, easy to use, well-built
and comfortable. Go buy a bunch of them so that Nikon always makes
parts for this one, OK?
I'd upload some images from the tractor
show, but it's 3 in the morning and I'm tired.
Well, OK, just one... but I have resized
this one and it's not as spectacular here as it should be.