Today is Monday 19th April

The day started overcast and chilly, but we did the washing anyway as it was due to brighten up later. It is now glorious and everything is drying nicely outside.

The window man was due to arrive this morning and rang the bell at 8.30. This meant that ten minutes later all was done and dusted, and we had the rest of the day free.

Field trip!

Yeah, we’re having a lot of those, but Hubby suggested I might like to change my camera and he’d seen a few in the shop where we got his new laptop yesterday.
I was not expecting what I saw today. I am used to a Nikon A10, a small unsophisticated digital camera that was purchased five years ago for my 60th birthday as I wanted to take some decent pictures of the wildlife on the marina and our trips up river.
This was one I was particularly pleased with, and it took ages to get a decent shot of our elusive visitor.

Now, five years on and another landmark birthday looming, I actually warmed to the idea.

As always we have set a budget, and prices today were a lot more than I paid for the Nikon, but there was a lot more on offer and we had made allowances accordingly.
I was expecting to walk in, how a browse around, and come away a few hundred pounds lighter of pocket with a camera.
I have never used one with a zoom you focus. My cheap digitals had equally cheap zooms with crappy results, hence spending a little more on the Nikon in 2016. The shots I’ve taken haven’t been bad, but lately I am getting through batteries like no tomorrow, and not taking that many pictures. The camera on my phone is useless, but I didn’t buy a communication device to take pictures.

We have seen Canon, Nikon, Fuji and Sony cameras today, some similar to the one I have, and others with interchangeable lenses, so now being completely in over my head, we walked away as the guy who was the expert in these matters was engaged with another customer. It gives me a chance to think about it and decide where I want to go.

I have always gone with the adage ‘If in doubt, don’t’, so I am asking my readers for advice.

Many of you post some fabulous photos. What camera do you use? What would you suggest for a novice like me who is a snapper, rather than a photographer?  Is it worth spending the extra for a camera where you can buy different lenses, which will naturally add to the cost later. What tips can you give me to look out for?

As always, take care and keep safe everyone

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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6 Responses to Today is Monday 19th April

  1. quiall says:

    YES! YES! YES! A lot of the pictures I take are with my phone which is an Apple something. I did buy it for the camera. If you prefer to go with a camera, I have a lovely Canon camera but don’t get one with batteries. I learned if you get one with a rechargeable battery included it makes your life much easier. I simply plug it in the night before I’m going anywhere and it lasts a very long time. Saves a bundle on batteries! Also ask for one with as few bells and whistle’s as possible. That might be hard to get but it’s worth it. Also make sure the place where you see your pictures is a good size. That’s important. Good luck!

    • Thanks Pam! We’ve just been reading about power packs lasting for around 1500 shots or 75 minutes of video. My SIL lent me her canon digital as my cheap one filed n day 2 of my visit and I was there for 2 months! It was great to operate and took some good pictures, which wasn’t bad at all for something that slotted into my pocket.

  2. I have two Nikons (which I don’t use, as I’m lazy and haven’t charged them nor put in a new card to take pictures with), one small digital, which has sat in the drawer since about 2016, and mostly now I take pics with my tablets. The tablets are dying though, and the quality of a photo is decreasing accordingly. If and when I was considering buying a camera, I went to one source who is great – she has used cameras for a long time and she takes amazing photography. That person is Marilyn of Serendipity Seeking Intelligent Life on Earth. Link: She can offer you good advice I bet!

  3. willowdot21 says:

    I am no help at all Di I use my mobile for everything. 💜💜💜

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