April 03, 2004

The Tale of Two Nikons

In the end, the choice was between two Nikons: the 8MP all-in-one Coolpix 8700 (convenience, cost, and lower guilt factor) or the new-on-the-market SLR-digital Nikon D70 (lugging lenses, changing lenses, costly, and guilt-inducing). I have chosen to live with the guilt. I am getting the D70. Eventually. By the time I wished and washed and at last stuck with the same decision for two consecutive hours in a row (and still feel the same today) the D70 is out of stock any place that sells it for a good price. So I'll put my name on a waiting list today.

The camera comes in a "kit" that includes this more expensive lens (18-70mm) discounted as part of the package. But I also like the looks of this 28-200mm that would bring the package price to about the same amount. Of course, later, one would hope, there will be a macro and a longer telephoto in the camera bag. And oh yeah--I need a camera bag.

This will be only my third camera since my first Minolta in 1970. So, two cameras over thirty years plus, average 15 years. I think it's safe to say that photography is not just a passing whimsy. So, let's make this last one a good'un. Then, let's make good use of it. When it finally comes.

Meanwhile, I have found the 218-page D70 user manual in downloadable pdf format. Ann just left the house at quarter til early; the dog has eaten and is sleeping it off; there's at least another two cups of coffee in the pot; and I am on page 12. I am such a geek.

Posted by fred1st at April 3, 2004 05:44 AM | TrackBack

Have a fabulous morning with that, Fred. Congratulations on your decision. We spent an hour last night talking to some friends who want to buy a "smaller" digital camera with more megapixels than the one they have for a huge (3-4 month) trip to the south seas coming up. She was really excited about more megapixels.

I'm hoping the megapixel mania dies down really quickly. It's so nice to hear about somebody getting excited about LENSES, for instance.

Posted by: Pica at April 3, 2004 08:26 AM

Yeah, but you're a likeable geek.... ;)

Posted by: Tom Montag at April 3, 2004 08:48 AM

Your reading the manual WITHOUT the camera in hand? You're a Major Geek, with Eager Beaver clusters.

Seriously, can't wait for photos.

Posted by: feste at April 3, 2004 10:52 PM

If you are a geek, what are we who consign manuals to the category of..."If all else fails"? My Hunky Husband joins you as an inveterate manual reader. My theory is that if a product isn't apparent enough to be useful without taking a course, it isn't well designed (it's the engineer in me!) The other reason I don't bother is that the manual will try (and fail) to fill my grey matter with everything the gadget can do--whether it is something that I shall ever attempt, or not. I don't have space left for trivia. Hope your camera arrives quickly (well, not before you've finished the manual, of course) and that you have many happy years impressing images on pixels.

Posted by: Cop Car at April 4, 2004 04:36 AM

You'll be ok. You made the right decision and the creative side of you will remind you everytime you reach for the best lens for the situation. And screw worrying about being a geek---a combo of your camera knowledge and the correct lens will pay off in that "money shot". Gotta know your tools :-) in order to use 'em right!

Posted by: Marie at April 4, 2004 08:26 PM

Very nice. Have fun with the SLR. I'm sure you'll get some great photos with it.

Posted by: Mike at April 6, 2004 08:44 AM

I'm contemplating a similar move, although my point and shoot is a lot less impressive than your Coolpix (2.3mpixels! for the geeks!)- even if also cheaper. I still have my old Canon EOS so I'm looking at the EOS 300D. I still like the heft of an SLR and haven't got used to the lightness of the compact - plus in my case it is verrrrry slow to record the picture onto the card.

Posted by: Ian at April 8, 2004 03:41 PM

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