Yo! yo! Yo! I’ve jumped into the DSLR camera bandwagon. Been calling myself a Nikonian for the past 2 days.
Why I buy a DSLR camera instead of a PnS camera:
1. Judging that I have to fork out more than RM1k to buy a decent PnS Lumix. I don’t know why but I like PnS Lumix very much.
2. I’ll be getting the same function & some little bit more in a new PnS camera. Not stimulating lo.
3. Camera weight is no longer an issue.
4. My heart kept urging me to buy DSLR.
Why Nikon and not Canon or other brands? Somehow I dislike Canon. When choosing a gadget like camera, handphone or computer, I first choose the brand that I like and then narrow it down to the model I like.
Which DSLR did I buy? Nah not D90 (beyond budget) and not D60 either. Because I want more room to expand, I choose Nikon D80 (a between entry-level and semi-professional level camera).
Nikon D80 was released about 2 1/2 years ago (9th Aug 2006 to be precised). In fact this model has been discontinued few months ago in Malaysia. Only some shops still carry this model. Some may ask why buy a discon camera. For me because D80 fits my hand like a glove. The feeling is great when holding D80. And there are some other strong reason why I fancy D80 over D60 like D80 has 11 focus area as opposed to 3 for D60, I’ll need to fork out maybe another RM1k within a year to buy a new lens if I choose D60… which comes to the same price as D80 eventually. D60 is about RM1k cheaper than D80. But because D80 kit lens is perfect for me (don’t have to shelf extra money right now for another lens)… so D80 it is!
Unlike the time I was hunting for a PnS camera (visited 13 shops in 2 days + 6 phone calls hahahaha), it was a smooth flow with this DSLR. I called up a few shops (maybe 8-10 shops hehe) and I bought the camera at the first shop I visited. I actually plan to visit 2 shops as the latter one is giving me good price & more free gifts. But I managed to bargain my way into a cheaper deal in this first shop. Less free gifts but oklah.
I bought my DSLR at Foto Selangor, Pertama Complex (get to know this shop from Cecil). I get free bag and 2GB SDHC card only!?! Have to fork out additional RM300 (after discount) for UV protection filter (chapulong brand also so expensive), cleaning tools, 1 extra battery (3rd party) and upgrade to 4GB.
The camera+kit lens… ahem ahem… I got it for RM2800. I’m not sure if it’s a good deal or not. But the opening price they gave me was over RM3500 (CRAZY!!!). Maybe they think I didn’t know the current selling price. The 2nd shop that I plan to go initially quoted me RM2900 (by phone) come with bag, filter, 4GB and cleaning tools.
One thing good about Foto Selangor is that they don’t extra charge you for using credit card. The 2nd shop does. So in a way… I guess oklah the deal.
What say you?
Fiddling with my new DSLR camera. At 1 point I was really lost. Not sure which setting is good for beginner. Hence most of the photos are blurry & not vivid. I think this photo is not bad. My hand control is no good. I’m using Programmed auto (P) and continuous shot currently.
p/s: I’m downloading Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2. Is this the software to view RAW file (besides JPEG) & to edit them? Also how to read EXIF information in the computer ar? What are the computer software you use for viewing, managing, editing, etc your DSLR photos? TEACH ME!!! Hehe Plus any good advice for a D80 / Nikonian beginner? Tsk tsk…