“Okay Joan, try to look smart.”
I believe my looking smart will not be happening for a while… well, at least until I’ve really bonded with my new best friend.
I can hear you, you’re asking, “Why, why on earth is her new best friend a user’s manual for the Nikon D300? Hasn’t she been shooting a D50 for about four years?” Yes, yes my friends, I have been shooting with a D50 for about that long. But things are starting to change around here since the arrival of my new toy — one I hope will grow to like me with time.
That’s right, I’ve just got myself a Big Girl Camera. I’m super excited… I’ve been wanting to upgrade for quite some time but I’ve been patient, waiting for the right opportunity to come along. I’ve done my research on it (I always do a ton of research on things that I am interested in… it runs in my blood. Hi mom!)
The only problem is, she’s got buttons where my Little Girl Camera does not and I’m finding Miss D300 and I do not speak the same language. I thought a Nikon would be a Nikon would be a Nikon… apparently I wasn’t as “Big Girl” as I thought I was. I’ve even been shooting in manual lately!
Along with the camera came this absolutely gi-gungo lens. It is completely made of metal, is fairly old, but I hear it takes great photos and they’re tack sharp. I’m excited to try it out.
So where did I find my new beauty? She was a back-up camera for a professional equine photographer out of San Diego. I’ve been checking on the forums at the Equine Photographer’s Network for a used D300 but no one wants to sell them and they’re selling the D200′s and the D2′s. Finally I found the D300, hardly ever used and been sitting on the shelf. Her previous owner has a D700 and shoots FX or “Full Frame” compared to this one which is DX. DX is what I have for lenses and since I wouldn’t be able to talk Hubby into replacing all my lenses to FX, I decided the D300 was the camera for me.
Do you think that per-chance some of Melanie Snowhite’s talent will rub off of her camera and on to me? I mean, we are like family now right? To check out her amazing photography, visit her website at www.melaniesnowhite.com. Meanwhile, I’ll be getting to know my new best friend.