I really need to get back in the kitchen so I have something to blog about other than non-food related things. Last week I finally bit the bullet and upgraded my camera.I went from my old, beloved canon point&shoot to the Nikon d90. I really wasn't aware of how much of a noticeable difference it would make in my pictures I've been debating buying a dSLR for a little over a year and I extensively researched different brands, lenses, etc to make my decision. Everywhere I looked (Consumer Reports, CNET, techgeeks, photography magazines, etc) every single place ranked the Nikon d90 as #1. I hesitated because at $1200 this was a huge investment to make for just a little hobby of mine. I considered buying the comparable Canon since it was a little under $1000, and I'm familiar with the Canon menus and software. But I really wanted to get the best if I was going to spend that much money on a camera. I knew that buying additional lenses was gonna cost me a lot as well. After more exhaustive research (I can't help it, I'm a science major, I love to research), I read that the Nikkor 18-200mm lens was like having 3 lenses in one. I figured this lens would be a good one to get because I wouldn't need to buy, nor carry, multiple lenses. I ordered this special B&H kit so I could get the d90 with the 18-200mm lens instead of the standard 55-200mm lens (which almost every reviewer said they never use). Bonus for it being $300 off, so it "only" cost me a little over $1200. The lens alone sells for about $800 and the camera body for $900. So I decided to just finally buy the thing. My camera arrived on Monday and I'm in love. It seriously makes such a difference in my photographs, even just on the auto setting. I haven't had time to read through the manual and I know it's going to take me a long time to learn all the features, but I'm really happy with my purchase. B&H is still running the same deal so if anyone else is considering upgrading to a d90, I would definitely recommend this kit.
I also ordered my "camera bag". I fell in love with this bag last month, but couldn't justify buying it--until now.
I know it's just a regular handbag, but I'm going to figure out a way to add some padded removable inserts to secure my camera. Plus, I can use this as a regular purse as well. My bag should be here today (they only had the black in the store and I wanted have this blue "peacock" color, so they had to ship it from another store); I'm eagerly waiting for the UPS guy to show up.
If anyone has any dSLR photo tips to share, I'm all ears; I hate reading manuals. Hopefully this new toy will inspire me to get off my lazy butt, get back in the kitchen and start cooking again. Then I can finally post some recipes.
This is not an advertisement for any of the products above (Nikon, B&H, Canon, Marc Jacobs). I just bought, and love, these items.