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I need a camera. This blog needs a camera. I am getting tired of the unbroken expanses of text. You must be getting tired of the u. e. of t.
My camera armory used to be a Nikon D50 slr and a Canon PowerShot point & shoot. The Nikon obviously took better pictures but the Canon was small enough to fulfill the adage ‘The best camera is the one you have with you’.
The Nikon is a doorstop. The electrical bits have died. They tell me the rest is not worth fixing. The camera’s advanced age of over 5 years makes it obsolete for a digital camera. Mind you, Hubby’s film Nikon that was ancient when I used it in the 90s probably still works. >Insert old fart rant about the ephemeral nature of modern life<.
The Canon is nearing retirement. It has developed dust spots on the processor. Hubby cleaned it once using widgets at his work. It needs to be cleaned again. The last time I used the camera, the viewing screen had a little degraded spot that looked like a UFO in the sky of the picture. The blemish did not show up on the images, but such a spot can't be a good sign. Plus, the camera box has developed a parallelogram shape from being carried in my back pocket so often. The majority of photos in this blog have been taken with the Canon. It doesn't owe me much at this point.
What to get?
Point & Shoot
Last time, I called the nice folks at B&H and asked the fellow for the smallest camera with the biggest viewing area. He recommended several. I sat on the line and hummed until he said, This one. Buy this one. I could do that again. Find the most portable camera that takes blog-quality snapshots. It wouldn’t be much use for weird lighting or tricky focus distances, but it would cover more than 90% of what I photograph.
If I were to replace the D50, I have decided on the D7100. It sits on the border between a high-end amateur camera and low-end professional equipment. It is reputed to be good for sports photography. I do not consider myself a true professional photographer. I lack the eye for light and the mindset for the technical details. If I sell photos, they go with an article, perhaps covering shots while the assigned photographer was busy elsewhere. Nor am I a hobbyist. I take photos for the same reason I write – when someone is offering me money. (Except for the blog, which I still can’t explain. Aside from a few spasms of text here and there, this is the most unpaid writing I have ever done.)
What if the little p&s is enough? I don’t want to buy a big, expensive camera just to have it sit on a shelf. No one is waving money in my face for photos. So, right now, I’m good with the little Canon. I don’t need an slr. OTOH, if I never have a fancy camera, I will never be able to sell photos taken with it. Should I buy a camera and be open to opportunities? Or should I accept that that part of my life is over and move one to whatever window is supposed to be open in its place?
Furthermore, when I looked at the specs for the D7100, I didn’t understand half of them. Do I need a camera that will let me frambulate the wharnickel ratio when I don’t know what a wharnickel is nor why I would want to frambulate one? Or should I see it as an opportunity to explore the exciting world of wharnickels? Foto-Friday on the blog would be an excellent practive venue. Or am I kidding myself? The D50 stayed on automatic more than I care to admit.
I could find a camera that was portable enough to carry with me yet big enough to take at least the easy paying shots, for example a grip-and-grin in bright daylight. This strikes me as the worst answer. It wouldn’t be quite right for either task. Too big to slide into a pocket yet not hefty enough for real work. I don’t carry a purse, so I’d be tempted to leave it behind. I’d try to use it where a zoom lens and adjustability were required only to end up with lame or useless shots.
Which way to go? A question of purchase and of philosophy.