March 10, 2006

New Camera

Well, I'm finally breaking down and getting a new digital camera to replace my old HP Photosmart 318, a 2.31 megapixel camera purchased purchased about 4 years ago. This camera was itself a replacement for my old Apple QuickTake 200 (and QuickTake 100 before that...). The thing that has driven me nuts these last few years was the lack of a zoom lens, and I'm tired of wide angle shots. Most digital cameras on the market have a wimpy 3x optical zoom if they have one at all, though a few have higher zooms. With the race for megapixels over the last few years, I still find it amazing that the camera's optics have barely been considered by most purchasers.

New new camera changes that, in fact, it doesn't even come with a lens. I'm going with the Nikon D50 a digital SLR camera. After reading reviews and talking with several folks, I've chosen Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 18 - 200 mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens, a fairly new high performance lens that should handle most of my needs well.

A number of retailers will sell the D50 with various lower quality lenses or accessories, and these may work well for many folks, but I decided to spend a bit more and get a better lens right away, that way I won't waste time with lower quality items that I'll replace later. I'm also picking up a 2Gb memory card, which should serve my needs pretty well. I've never come close to filling the 512Mb card in my HP Photosmart camera, so 2Gb should do nicely.

I'll still keep the Photosmart around, maybe let the boys use it when they want to take some pics on trips and such, I've even got the QuickTake's around here somewhere, but the Nikon is all mine...

Posted by Jim at March 10, 2006 4:46 PM | TrackBack