I’ve wanted to upgrade our Canon point and shoot camera for quite some time but never felt the time was right. I started looking at DSLR cameras a few weeks ago and did a lot of research online. I spoke to my brother-in-law who is a fantastic photographer and asked for his opinion. I spoke with co-workers and visited several stores to hold a number of models in my hand to see how they felt. It’s not hard to find side-by-side comparisons of the various models but it’s a whole other experience to hold the camera in your hand. Some cameras felt awkward while some felt made for my hands.
My brother-in-law gave me the best advice when he said, “Pick a camera that feels good. What matters most is that you have fun with it”. I tried to remember that I tested a few models. I looked at the Canon XT and XTi as well as the Nikon D40 and D80 models. I narrowed it down to the D40 and the D80.
I usually prefer to purchase most things online, especially electronics. But I’m not sure why I didn’t feel that was the right decision when it came to the camera. Maybe it’s because I don’t know much about them. Sure, I knew a lot of the specs but didn’t know what many of them meant in practice. I also appreciated how helpful the people were who worked at Kits Camera. I was shocked when the young man didn’t try to upsell me on more expensive models. I explained to him how I planned to use the camera and he obviously was able to tell I was a novice based on my questions. He didn’t make me feel stupid for asking, and he took the time to show me the differences in the various models.
I went into the store feeling I should get the D80 but I ended up purchasing the D40 after spending some time with the salesperson. I can’t think of the last time someone has tried to “down sell” me anything. Well, I got the camera home tonight and couldn’t be happier. I love the responsiveness of the DSLR. The D40 feels made for my hand too. So far I’m very pleased with the camera and was pleasantly surprised at how helpful the photography community has been. Are photographers really this helpful all the time?
I have a lot to learn about photography and even the D40 is probably more camera than I can use. But I plan to take some classes and learn how to use it as well as pickup basic techniques. I’m really excited to get started.
Here’s the first picture I took with the new camera. This is our youngest daughter, Anna Lynn, who dressed up in her brothers Superman costume and terrorized the house tonight.