Sunday, November 21, 2010

you don't know what you don't know.

rubbing the buddha's head for good luck
The folks at Henry's Camera Centre are saints.  Why, you ask? Well, first off, they have been wonderful in answering all of my questions about my new camera.  Even better, when I discovered it really wasn't the camera I needed, they were completely unfazed and made it really easy for me to exchange it for a camera that was a better fit.
"we're having a leaf party mommy!!"

It took me about a week of messing around with my new camera (the Nikon d3000) to figure out that I couldn't live without a live view finder.  In English, that means being able to see what you are about to shoot in the little view finder box on the back of your camera.  This is a feature specific to point-and-shoot cameras and isn't necessarily included on a DSLR.  I thought I didn't need it, and that I'd be fine looking through the camera view finder to take pictures.  The only problem is that when I'm trying to get Max's attention, I need to be able to engage with him - almost impossible if I've got a camera pressed against my face.
stop trying to steal my soul mom
At the best of times it can be hard to get Max to cooperate for a photo op, so you can understand why I would want the camera of my dreams to be one I can use to get great photos of Max.  I ended up getting the Nikon d3100 instead (I know, big stretch, eh?).  It is the exact same camera as the d3000 except it has the live view finder, 14.2 MP, and shoots HD video.  That's a whole lotta camera.  I am  taking a beginner class at Henry's this coming Saturday to learn how to use all the features.  Until then I'm just flying in the dark, so bear with me as my photos are mostly being taken in auto mode and a wing and a prayer.

5 comments:

  1. cherie kollee12:19 PM

    so you reccomend that one? we need a new one badly:)

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  2. I love my new camera. Canon makes a similar version, so it really depends on what your preference is. I'd visit Henry's and tell them what your needs are - they are really good at helping figure out what the best camera for you is!

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  3. Anonymous1:43 PM

    Great camera!! You'll never want to use a point and shoot again.

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  4. Anonymous9:40 PM

    In my experience you have to light yourself on fire to get any service at Henry's. Maybe this is particular to the Downtown Toronto Location. Also, their prices are generally higher than anywhere else.

    That being said, a new Nikon is a lot of fun.

    ~UT

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  5. I've never been to the downtown location...the one in Oakville is fantastic though! I didn't find their prices to be any higher than the big box stores when I did my research? I also like that if I have camera specific questions they are able to help me.

    New Nikon is a lot of fun!!

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