Trying Out My New Camera


My new camera arrives.
My new camera arrives.

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.

Test shot of Polly
Test shot of Polly

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.

Author: Taswegian1957

Born in England in 1957 my family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. David passed away in 2015 and I'm here on my own now but I have Cindy the dog and Polly the cat to keep me company. I currently co-write two Wordpress blogswith my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and a "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania.

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