Boys and their toys

In between some long weeks and weekends away I have treated myself to a new toy — it’s been a few years since I last owned a decent SLR camera, so I finally treated myself to a very nice Nikon D80 digital SLR. It’s a very nice piece of kit and I’ve added a 50mm f/1.4 and 18 – 35mm zoom to give me a good range.

Wood and metal

With all my commitments of late I haven’t had much of a chance to try it out but I did take it up to Suffolk for last weekend. It was my mum’s 70th birthday and we headed up to Ipswich to help her celebrate it. While we were there we took a trip out to Orford, a little village on the Suffolk coast. So I took the camera with me to try it out in the wilds. And wild it was, with first wind then rain, and a couple of hours later we got a small blizzard!

Big buoy texture

But before the worst of the weather hit I got off a few snaps of the various textures and forms I found around the small quay. The sky was very cloudy but the Nikon still managed to pick out a very respectable level of detail and colour. Not the best of tests for it but I got a chance to see how quickly I could learn the many different settings and customisations. I’ve been using a compact camera for a few years now and I’m not used to being able to change so many settings, it’s enormously flexible.

In the frame

Going through the images later I was very pleased. I’m also going to have to get used to dealing with RAW images, not the easiest and quite time consuming. For less important photos I think I’ll stick to just shooting jpegs as they take a lot less time to process. I’m loving the lack of distortion in the images, although I got used to it with my compact and would sometimes deliberately use it for effect.

Lovely textures

So I’m very pleased with my new toy — I hope over the next few months to show a lot of new images taken it. I’m already planning a return trip to Barcelona for a week in July and it would be the perfect opportunity to give the camera a really good run for it’s money. Can’t wait…