New Camera: Getting Down to Business

Every now and then I’ve given thought to buying a new camera. The camera I’ve used for 5 or so years has been great. No reason to change. For what I was doing, it worked well. Yet I pondered. How easy it is to be caught up in the cycle of having to have the newest and best!

‘Full frame’ models seem to be all the rage. I’ve researched a few. While I would love to own one of these wonderful cameras I hesitated. Cropped sensor cameras, all of the Nikon variety, are the only digital cameras I have owned. My lenses are built for that format. To effectively enter the ‘full frame’ world I would have to change my lenses. That would be an expensive proposition so I held off any serious thought of a new camera…until this past summer.

The newly released Nikon D7200 came to my attention. Currently, it is Nikon’s top of the line cropped sensor model. Its 24.2 megapixels would be a considerable upgrade from my D300s. But there were many other features that caught me attention.

While at Image Explorations this past summer, I had the opportunity to ‘kick the tires’ of a new D7200. I was impressed! That was the camera I would be moving to. About six weeks ago the purchase was made. I’ve been out shooting as much as possible ever since.

My new camera has many features to learn and understand. On a first off basis though, I really like its wifi capabilities. This feature allows me to wirelessly transfer images to my iPhone. With a little processing in Snapseed and Marksta I can upload a processed image directly to Facebook.

Auto ISO, is another feature I’ve come to enjoy. Two weeks ago I used it to deal with the varied lighting conditions at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, B.C. Regardless of the lighting  in the Market I was able to capture interesting images while still utilizing the creative capabilities of varying the aperture and shutter speed.

So, as a result of owning a new camera, am I a better photographer? Not really. The D7200 is a state of the art instrument. So far I’m happier with it than any other camera I’ve owned. But it takes practice, lots of practice, to consistently make high quality, captivating images. That has become my mission…shoot regularly and practice, practice, practice.

A foggy morning on the water.

A foggy morning on the water.

The image above was taken before sunrise near the West Bay Marina in Victoria, B.C. Pilings and a fishing boat were isolated by the fog. A high ISO made this image possible. Processing in Lightroom reduced some of the resulting noise.

This entry was posted in Education, My Work.


  1. Jim October 29, 2015 at 11:21 pm #


    I am glad to hear that you are enjoying your new camera…..I am still working with my D300s and I think that with my limited photo knowledge and capabilities, it will do me probably for the rest of my days. I sure enjoy your photos and Geezer comments.


    • Stu Dale November 6, 2015 at 5:10 pm #

      Hi Jim,
      Yes I am enjoying my new camera. It is very user friendly. The d300s is a great camera. I really enjoyed mine for all the time I had it.

  2. Ron M. October 30, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Stu, I love your writing style. Casual and informative. Great job. But as you know… the camera is important but it is the operator who is most important. We have all heard the expression, “It is not the gun… but the gunner.” So true… and as we approach November 11th, I am sure that many of our veterans would agree. Keep those great words and terrific photos coming!

    • Stu Dale November 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm #

      Thanks for your comments Ron. I sometimes wonder how my writing comes across. I enjoy it and I’m glad you do too.

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