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My birthday presents

Posted 03-03-2012 at 05:38 AM by TheIndependentAquarius
Updated 03-03-2012 at 05:56 AM by TheIndependentAquarius

So, I turned 29 on 18th Feb 2012. Thought of presenting
myself with the toys I was longing for quite a while.
  • Nikon D3100 (body only).
  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G.
  • Bajaj Oven Toaster Griller (3 in 1) 28 ltrs.


Owned Canon PowerShot SX210 IS for about two years.
That camera produces horrible outputs in low light.
No wide apertures. Horrible noise at ISO 200.
I was discouraged. Discouraged to the level that I had
totally abandoned photography (literally).

People often told me that the crap photos can be safely
edited in the GIMP. Not being a GIMP girl, I do NOT support
the idea of spending seconds on the camera and then hours
on GIMP. IMO, photography is about using the brain, then
using the camera, and last of all the GIMP.

Two years back, I still remember, I was under an impression
that if the camera is expensive, it'll automatically
produce brilliant pictures at one click!
I was impressed by the 14MP and 14x optical zoom of the
Canon PowerShot. Couldn't realize in the shop that all that
glitters is not gold!!

I am changed person now. I am indebted to the regulars of
photo.stackexchange for leading me from darkness to light!

Also, 1x.com has truly been "extremely" inspiring for me.
Many photographs there are the live examples of the fact
that photography is NOT limited just to landscapes and wild
life! Posting in the critique section there has increased my
vision greatly!

I am back to life.

Did I forget to mention that I successfully made the delicious
carrot cake and the banana cake? :-)
Now I have got to experiment with the camera as well as the oven.
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  1. Old Comment
    I agree that using Gimp to try and repair bad photos is usually a bad idea. I love to use Gimp to alter photos such as removing Power lines and poles from the photo.

    My Canon experience has been that they make good equipment but in order to get it you must pay about 2 to 3 times as much as other brands and they do not support linux.
    Posted 03-03-2012 at 09:05 AM by Larry Webb Larry Webb is offline
  2. Old Comment
    D3100 should be a great choice. I'm D5100 user myself, but I often think I payed a serious value from it for software (imaginary features, that any hardware can provide).
    To be precise I don't see any reason to upgrade from it to any other DSLR ever. Those who want excessively high quality use large-format film cameras, perhaps. These models like 3100 and 5100 should be a borderline for most of photographers: buying a newer devices usually means no serious hardware improvements, only addition of part of features that older models lack. And for that, you pay a great value.

    Go forward, learn and share your pics. Photography is a lots of fun
    Posted 03-03-2012 at 03:55 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
    Updated 03-03-2012 at 03:58 PM by Web31337
  3. Old Comment
    Two things I majorly liked about D3100 are - it being "extremely" light and its high ISO performance.
    And the 50mm 1.8G is creating magics.

    I am very pleased with the current setup.

    Only problem is the mirror slap. The D3100 doesn't have the mirror lockup facility. Mirror slap causes the shake.
    Posted 03-13-2012 at 07:05 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  4. Old Comment
    Did I forget to wish you Happy Birthday? Sorry!
    BELATED HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ANI!!!
    Posted 03-13-2012 at 12:09 PM by brianL brianL is offline
  5. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by brianL View Comment
    Did I forget to wish you Happy Birthday? Sorry!
    With that logic it is me who should be saying sorry 3 times to you
    for not wishing you even once on 13th May in past 3 years.

    Thanks very much BTW.
    Posted 03-14-2012 at 06:44 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  6. Old Comment
    I'm stopping having birthdays...I've had too many already.
    Posted 03-15-2012 at 07:41 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  7. Old Comment
    Since I have started with D3100 and the pretty 1.8G prime lens, surprisingly, I have started liking my photographs (somewhat).
    http://500px.com/Anisha_Kaul/photos


    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Web31337 View Comment
    I'm D5100 user myself
    Are you on some photo website? Can I see your photos somewhere (just for inspiration)?
    Posted 03-31-2012 at 07:23 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
    Updated 09-06-2012 at 12:17 AM by TheIndependentAquarius (missed the word "on")
  8. Old Comment
    I've 50mm 1.8D (no autofocus on my cam), yes, it's pretty good.
    There is no gallery or anything yet (bc there isn't much to show but if you're interested): http://air.oldstable.org/
    Posted 04-01-2012 at 08:27 PM by Web31337 Web31337 is offline
  9. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by brianL View Comment
    I'm stopping having birthdays...I've had too many already.
    I can't believe this! Even after having a discussion about
    the birthday, I still forgot the date 13 May?

    Pardon, and Happy Birthday!
    Posted 05-21-2012 at 01:25 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
  10. Old Comment
    I forgive you, Ani. Thanks. I didn't log into LQ on the 13th, so I would have missed it. You can stop banging your head now.
    Posted 05-21-2012 at 10:35 AM by brianL brianL is offline
  11. Old Comment
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Web31337 View Comment
    To be precise I don't see any reason to upgrade from it to any other DSLR ever.
    They say that the shutter has a limited life up to 1,00,000 clicks!
    Are you near that limit?
    What are the practical options after the limit is crossed?
    It is said that replacing shutter costs half the price of the camera!
    Posted 08-24-2012 at 06:15 AM by TheIndependentAquarius TheIndependentAquarius is offline
 

  



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