I do not come from a very photo taking family. You see there are approximately 3 pictures of my life growing up. My mother was too busy raising children to care to take pictures, so I have none. I do not want this same fate for my child…who knows if he looks anything like me when I was a child; my mother says he does, but I have no proof! I am a middle child, so the picture selection is even worse for my brother and me (#’s 3 & 4 of 6). I was not very great at documenting my school years, my marriage, my son’s birth, or his first 9 months. I clearly need to remedy this problem…enter my new Nikon D5100 DSLR! I am super-duper excited about it! I have probably snapped oh say 650 pictures in 3 days (maybe an hour of actual camera time).
I chose the Nikon over Canon on the recommendation of my professional photographer friend/neighbor and a LOT of online research. They offer many camera and lens options and “packages.” I opted to go with the Nikon D5100 body and the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI II LD Macro for Nikon. I did this so I would only have 1 lens to deal with while learning the ins and outs of a DSLR. Most of the packages through Nikon come with 2 lenses that cover 18-55mm and 55-200/300mm. I really wanted to be able to just use this right off the bat kind of like a point and shoot…so this works for me!
It is wonderful…I do not have to learn when to change lenses before I can start taking photos, I can go from far to close to in between very rapidly, and it is just so fun to zoom in and out like I am some kind of photog! Bahaha, that will never happen, but I sure will pretend! Anyway, thus far I LOVE the camera/lens that I purchased and would definitely recommend it to any beginner.
I plan to take some photography lessons at some point…until then here is what I have snapped and “edited” in either iPhoto or Picasa on my computer. I really have no idea what I am doing, except looking for what I think looks pretty. Enjoy…
So, what is your pick…Nikon or Canon. What is your favorite lens? Any tips for this first-timer? I hope all have had a great start to the school year and that you were able to capture these memories.