Monday, January 17, 2011

New Toy

I just ordered a new toy!!!

I love online shopping lol having that package waiting on my door step when I come home from work, I feel like a kid on Christmas morning! Haha! But this purchase I am especially excited for!

I have been wanting to really get into photography for a while now - I've always had a P-n-S and done the best I could with that. But I've always dreamed of having a nice DSLR to take real quality shots with. It doesn't help that my entire family is a bunch of shutterbugs (especially my dad and uncles [his brothers]) and of course they have the high end equipment, with all of the bells and whistles. So I've learned a little here and there growing up, using their cameras - but now I think that I am ready for my own :o)

So we took the plunge and have invested in our very first DSLR!!!

Here is my new baby:

The Nikon D3000!!! :o) I'm in love, I'm in love and I don't care who knows it!

I was originally looking into getting a Cannon Rebel, but coming from a family of Nikon users I was ultimately talked into a Nikon camera instead. Plus, when it really came down to it - price was a pretty major consideration for us, but of course so was quality. Don't get me wrong - I knew that we were going to have to spend a little bit for a quality camera, but in the end the Nikon was a better deal overall.

And because we got such a good deal, I also purchased this little beauty:

An extra lens - the Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens!!! I've been told that this is more than enough to start off with, especially for an amateur beginner like myself. But I found a really good deal on it, so I figured 'why not'?!

With free ground shipping, it should arrive on my doorstep by Thursday :o)

I am so excited to start learning - I've already got a nice list going of recommended photography books and a few online classes/tutorials that I would like to take, just to get me started.


dave and jenn said...

You will love it! We have a D5000, and I'm so glad we bought it!

Katrina said...

Thanks for the feedback Jenn, it's nice to hear from other Nikon users. From what I've gathered you're either a Cannon lover or a Nikon lover, there's really no in between. How do you like the D5000??? We were looking into that model as well, but really it came down to $$$ for us. So I figured I would start with the lower end model to learn and then upgrade later on.

Jeska said...

Love my Nikon!! Have fun with it!

Katrina said...

Thanks for your comment Jeska! It really is so great to hear from other Nikon lovers - this really was a difficult choice for me personally (I am so indecisive), but I have a feeling that I made the right one ;o)

misc.alaina said...

Congrats! I love my Nikon D3000!!

Do you mind telling where you ordered the lens? I am currently in the market for a new lens.

Becky said...

That's the next step for us when my camera dies. I am taking a photography class now so that when I do get my DSLR, I will actually know how to use it! Congrats on making the leap!

Katrina said...

Alaina - I was wondering what camera you were using, your pictures are always so beautiful! I ordered the lens from B&H Photo & Video online. I had gotten several recs for them from the ladies over on the Photography boards, and so far they have lived up to their reputation. I would definitely recommend them.

Becky - very cool that you are taking a photography class! I would love to do that! Where are you taking the class through?