Last month I finally bought myself a digital SLR camera – a Nikon D5000 – from Cameraland in Cardiff’s Royal Arcade. It’s a great little shop. They know their stuff, their prices even compete with Amazon – but sadly they have no website, which is a little bizarre…
The Nikon D5000 feels good in the hand, I like the clear display and it has a useful swiveling monitor for taking pictures from unusual angles.
The camera came with a standard 18-55mm lens, OK for general views, but the results were not even as satisfying as my old Olympus C-765 Ultra Zoom for close-ups of birds in the bush and basic macro photography of flowers and insects.
I knew this before I bought it and my plan had always been to buy a macro/micro lens and a good zoom lens before long.
One of the reason I chose Nikon was that they give you all sorts of vouchers to spend on other lenses etc as long as you do it within six months.
It was also a double-discount week, so one voucher gave me £200 off a micro lens. I was back there to buy one within a fortnight.
With a slight sale on as well, that meant I was able to buy the Nikkor 85mm micro lens for less than half price – under £200.
I admit I still have some work to do on getting depth of field, so it’s back to the manual to work out how to use aperture-priority auto. But here are some of my early attempts using the straight auto setting.
I need to get to grips with this macro, but I’m also hoping for a zoom lens for Christmas! That’ll be £80 off the new, lightweight 55-300mm one, I think…
For the record, I STILL love my Olympus compact for everyday use – and here are some of the bird, flower and insect pictures I have taken with it!