Thursday, November 11, 2010

full circle

my 1st camera was a canon SLR which was purchased in the 80s.

















it served me very well till the affordable compact aim-&-shoot cameras made their debut in the late 80s. after that, i had a olympus digital camera which developed a problem with the shuuter-release button while on vacation. the dealer told me it was cheaper to get a new one than to repair it. i then got a lumix which i still use & i liked it for the 10X zoom. read here.

then i caught the bug - the dSLR bug. so, after months of mulling over the nikon D90, i took the plunge & joined the crowd. but it wasn't the D90 i got.

















yeah, it's got zillions of pixels, image-stabilizer & superb image processing but personally, as far as photography is concerned, i have turned a full circle.

25 comments:

LX said...

Wow wow wow!!! I wish I had some talent in photography. I have got the lousiest skill ever :(

iml said...

I'm still looking very hard for a DSLR. Mulling over which brand/model best suits me. Light and sharp. With so many models and brands out there I'm lost.

iml said...

I'm still looking very hard for a DSLR. Mulling over which brand/model best suits me. Light and sharp. With so many models and brands out there I'm lost.

wenn said...

wow, canon camera!

reanaclaire said...

wow..getting up to date with the latest.. i m still using a Sony cybershot, no need to add any lens, just click click only.. :)

Merryn said...

Woooooot! I likey your dSLR! More pics to share I aye?

Adino said...

Sweet! Look forward to more wonderful pics on this blog.

Medie007 said...

WOooooots!~~~~~

I'm still looking at the antique. hahahaha. personally thought either canon or nikon are great cameras. though am not a canon user, 've heard good reviews abt it. but been using nikon ofr a couple of years now. so am pretty contented. looking for upgrades! darn the lenses are so darn expensive. T.T

Yvonne Foong said...

I got a family hierloom. Dad left behind a Nikon SLR. I think if I sell it to an art museum, might worth a fortune! Used it before, for a college introduction to photography course. You know those baby photos on my blog? Dad captured them using this camera.

doc said...

LX,

i don't believe anyone is a born photographer, so you just need you get a dSLR & honed your skills.

doc said...

Iml,

you're just like me - thinking & mulling. it's just that i'll be going for vacation next month, so i need to practise 1st. otherwise, i'll still be thinking & mulling!!

btw, dSLRs are cheaper in m'sia. mine would have cost 15% more with the conversion in s'pore.

doc said...

Wenn,

it's the latest model from canon & is about rm500 cheaper than the D90. that's probably the main reason i got it.

doc said...

Claire,

cybershot is a good digicam - slim & classy, but the memory stick is more expensive.

in fact, my daughter wanted me to get the T2 instead of the lumix, but i like the latter's 10X zoom.

doc said...

Merryn,

yes, more pictures to share but later. need to get used to it 1st.

doc said...

Adino,

after trying it out, i'm beginning to suspect that the camera is only as good as the operator.

doc said...

Medie,

yeah, can't go wrong with either a canon or nikon. actually, nikon lenses are generally cheaper than canon's, hence i got the 18-200mm lens so that i don't need to switch.

if you are not too brand conscious, tamron lenses are reasonably affordable & functional.

doc said...

Yvonne,

your dad probably bought it the same time as i did & in those days, these SLRs were impressive.

Hello Kitty said...

I toyed with the idea for a long time - whether I shd get a DSLR, or save the money for something else. Your blog post got me thinking again! But how does one learn to pick up the skill and be a better operator? Do you know which is more 'beginners-friendly' - Nikon or Canon?

Yvonne Foong said...

I think so too. About the same time.

doc said...

Hello Kitty,

we are all similar, aren't we? because it's such a major investment, we are cautious about the purchase.

i have a few colleague who are die-hard photography buffs, so i seek their advice but finally, it boils down to trial & error, plus reading magazine for that extra info.

if you're going to upgrade from a compact digicam, then initially both canon & nikon can be intimidating because there are a lot more dials to play around with, so it's down to getting familiar with the camera.

if you're not too fussy about the intricacies of a dSLR, perhaps an entry-level model, eg. D3100, will suffice?

doc said...

Yvonne,

i thought so.

Unicorn Girl said...

Woweeee.......simply superb ! I'm contemplating of getting myself one of this kind too but still in the comtemplation process -no action yet .

JoMel said...

hey, that 80s camera should be able to fetch a good price with camera collectors no? I thought those manual ones take the best pictures.

doc said...

UG,

it's like this when comtemplating big-ticket items. i've been mulling since the beginning of the year.

doc said...

Jo,

actually it's automatic - the manual part is focussing & rewinding the 35mm film.

it would have fetched a good price if i hadn't let my son play it like a toy when he was young!!