Sometime last year, I decided to commit to a hobby that I always wanted to get into which is photography. As a sign of my commitment, I bought myself my first DSLR, a Nikon D40, which I wrote about here.
It was a good first camera for a beginner like me and I made good use of it. I learned all the technicalities of photography such as aperture, shutter speed, depth of field, metering and everything else from my constant tweaking of the controls of that little camera. I also think I took some pretty good photos with it:
As good as the Nikon D40 is, it has some limitations. One of which is that you cannot use auto focus when using AF designated lenses, which is the case for me and my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens. Manually focusing a lens on a D40 is not that hard to do as there is an indicator in the viewfinder that will let you know if you have the focus spot on. However, since I find myself taking photos of family events, having to ask people to hold still why I fiddle with the focusing can sometimes be a hassle to both me and my subjects.
So over the weekend, I decided to upgrade to a more advance camera body and got myself a Nikon D300.
With this camera, I can now autofocus using my 50mm lens. It was a huge boost because now I can just point and shoot and get more candid shots without having to worry about manually focusing the lens and asking my subjects to wait for me to do just that. More importantly, I can take gorgeous pictures even in extremely low light.
Here is a photo of a Medieval style chandelier I took from our recent trip to the Banff National Park:
With this camera, taking a photo is just a matter of me putting my eye on the viewfinder and shoot, even in lighting that is as dark as night. Here is photo I took of a park bench:
A wall lamp:
I am very happy with my camera body upgrade and I had a lot of fun taking pictures all through out the weekend and Thanksgiving day! It suits my shooting style a lot and I see myself holding on to this camera body for a long, long time.