I’ve had my DSLR camera for a couple of weeks now and I am trying to use it as much as I can to get used to it. As I have not felt like going out much with a sore foot most of my photos have been taken at home. Cindy and Polly have been frequent subjects as have various dolls standing in for human models.
The camera is a used one but I think it is a good one to start with. It has two lenses with it. An 18mm-55mm zoom and a Sigma 100mm-300mm. It has a grip which can be fitted to take an extra set of lithium batteries. I hadn’t seen anything like that before. I have spare batteries and leads to connect the camera to a computer or a television set.
Initially I just wanted to get used to how the camera felt. It’s heavier than I am used to and I have to get used to using a viewfinder again. I haven’t done that since I stopped using my old SLR some years ago. There are a lot of features to learn as well but luckily the camera came with a good manual and I have the “Dummies” book as well. At the moment though I am mostly leaving the camera on automatic. Later I will experiment with aperture priority and shutter priority modes and with fully manual. I used to prefer to use my Pentax MG in semi automatic mode usually setting the f/stop myself.
Here are two of the first pictures I took as I was exploring the controls.
I took this one of Polly at fairly close range using the flash.
The next day I went out to take a few in the back garden. This time I was interested in trying out the zoom lens. I took these from the same position and have not cropped or edited any of these.
So far I have not tried the Sigma lens, nor have I tried any of our old lenses from the SLR cameras although I believe these will work with the camera with manual focussing. That will be an interesting experiment for another day.