Sunday drive to Coldwater, Ontario


DSC_8806 -1 DSC_8803 -1two shots I took with a Nikon d3100 w 18-55 Nikkor lens – I was out enjoying the autumn sunshine, lots of leaves down but still some colour left up on the trees….these are in Tay Township about 100 miles north of Toronto.

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TUG PRESCOTT, MIDLAND TUGFEST 2013


if you click the image you will jump to my flickr account and will find in the Tugfest set several more shots taken at Tugfest 2013 this morning in Midland, Ontario, Canada. Nikon DSLR D3100 mostly with the 18-55mm lens.

self portrait


  Nikon D3100 w 18-55 kit lens w Metz 44 flash bounced off a white tiled ceiling and further editing in Corel Paint Shop Pro x4 software – a self portrait showing my 58 year old face

Nikon D3100 DSLR – starting out


just bought one today, my treat to me,  still unpacking, charging battery and getting ready to take baby steps with it.

It is an awkward time to be buying , a new digital camera with the new kids on the block,  CMOS sized sensored mirrorless interchangeable cameras just getting onto the market blurring the line between point and shoot and dslr….

a camera out of the old film slr tradition with some size and an actual viewfinder which is what I used in my film days, had the strongest attraction for me.

I did a lot of research and paid attention to Ken Rockwell and to dpreview.com

some  first shots today:

 

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major league gear loss


somehow last Thursday my Pentax K10d went missing….

either I left it somewhere, and I have retraced my steps or

someone lucked out and spotted it on the floor of my backseat and I was dumb enough to forget to lock the car, and given that it was one of those days with about ten stops and therefor ten chances to forget to lock it, that may be the answer.

It was a good camera.  I will miss it.

I am pondering whether to replace it and how to replace it.  I bought a Pentax Ds;r to make use of all my old pentax film lenses but then found I didn’t use them much.  I mainly used the kit lens, a 18-55mm da lens.  Some people scoff at the quality of the kit lenses, but seems fine to me. If I do that in future, I can buy a lower end dslr from Canon, Nikon, or Sony and be pretty much back into my old digital slr grooove

However, I am looking at a Samsung NX100  as a possible buy.

There is one other factor, DSLRs are heavy generally.  I found I often left the big guy at home and took a more compact camera with me, sometimes my Sony h50 and more recently my Samsung PL80, a very compact little guy indeed.  The  best camera is the one you don’t leave at home.