Many of the pictures on this blog have been taken with my Nikon Coolpix L120. It is a point and shoot camera but most of the time it has been quite adequate for my needs. Previously I had been using a little Fujifilm digital camera and David bought me the Nikon for Christmas one year because he knew that I wished I had a better camera for taking photos at cricket matches in the summer.
On one of the last days of our holiday the Nikon got broken. I think it happened when I was trying to pick up all my luggage at our hotel in Sydney. The bag slipped out of my hand. The next morning I set off for Circular Quay to get a ferry but on the way I stopped to take a photo of an interesting building. That was when I discovered that my lens was shattered. Luckily I did have a spare camera back at the hotel so I went back to get it but it was a very upsetting moment.
I will enquire but I doubt that it will be worth the expense of getting the camera repaired. I feel sad because it was a gift from David but I will keep it and display it with the other cameras in his collection. In the meantime I needed a new camera. I do still have the Fujifilm and I also have David’s little Canon Powershot which I like because it is small enough to fit in my handbag but still takes a good photo. A lot of my shipboard photos were taken with it. However neither of those are very good for action photography.
I had to decide what I would buy to replace the Nikon. I could get the most recent model of that camera or I could take the opportunity to go up to a DSLR. Last year David decided that he was ready to buy a DSLR camera himself and while he was in hospital I took him in his old camera magazines so he could read reviews and decide what he wanted to buy. He had already said that he would buy a Pentax camera as our old SLR cameras were all Pentax’s and David liked the idea of being able to keep using the lenses we already had. It didn’t worry him that autofocus might not work on the new camera. He was old school and liked to do things himself. After a lot of study he picked out what he wanted and the plan was that we would buy it when he came out of hospital. I wasn’t sure whether he’d get a lot of opportunities to take photos while he was housebound but I liked the idea that we were making plans for the future as we always enjoyed doing photography together.
Anyway after giving the matter some thought I decided that maybe I would buy a DSLR myself. I had fully intended to learn to use David’s once he bought it. I hope I will still get to the odd cricket match in the future so I definitely need a better lens than the Canon has for action photos. As I am the cautious type though I decided that I would buy a used camera to see how I liked using it and how I handled carrying a heavier camera. I sometimes find it hurts my back to walk around with a heavy bag all day. While I was on holiday I experimented with carrying less personal belongings though and managed quite nicely. I could manage the camera if I didn’t have a heavy purse full of coins and cards as well.
I searched eBay for Pentax DSLR cameras and found several in my price range. I found one that came with both an 18-55mm lens and a Sigma 100-300mm lens. Tht sounded good because I do like autofocus while I am learning a new camera. It had the box, manuals and accessories as well so I decided to bid and rather to my surprise nobody else bid and I won it. It is a K10D, not the exact model that David was looking at but one he certainly would have bid on if he’d been looking in the secondhand market. So now I am busy reading “Digital Photography for Dummies” which I had given him for his birthday last year and waiting for the camera to arrive.
I think that what I know from using my old Pentax MG SLR will help me become accustomed to the new camera but there is always more you can learn and this will give me motivation to get out and take even more pictures..