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.
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.