New Year’s Resolution: 4288 x 2848

Nikon D90

I started the New Year with a purchase: a Nikon D90 DSLR with, yes, 4288×2848 image resolution.

For those who follow my blog, rest assured I’m not getting rid of the lovely Panasonic G1 4/3 DSLR. It’s a keeper, and one of the most versatile cameras I’ve owned, with its ability to host a wide range of non-Panasonic lenses, including rangefinder lenses. The D90 complements the G1.

The main reason for acquiring a D90 is to use my existing Nikon AF lenses as AF, something the G1 can’t do. And, to be honest, I miss having a Nikon body in the kit. For me, Nikons are the most ergonomic of all camera brands. From the original Nikon F SLR film camera to the present DSLRs, that “feel right in the hand” heritage continues.

I really liked the D60 I sold to a friend. The only problem I had with it was that it couldn’t autofocus my older AF lenses. It required the newer AF-S lenses for AF. The best camera I ever owned was a D300, which I sold only because it proved too heavy for me, after some cardio hiccups.

I told myself that next time I got a Nikon (it was never in doubt) I’d get one of the mid-tier models that would AF my AFs but weigh less than the upper-tier models.

In going mid-tier, I give up the D300’s ability to meter with manual lenses and record the info to EXIF. I’ll miss that, but the weight factor is more important. Besides, I don’t have this ability with the G1 either, and it’s not bothered me much.

The D90 has a movie mode, though my reading of reviews tells me it’s fairly primitive. “Crappy” is a more accurate description. I’ll give it a try, but I suspect my Panasonic FZ35 will run rings around it as a video cam. What the D90 is is a very good still camera.

So I’m starting 2010 the right way: doing my duty as a consumer to keep commerce humming. Isn’t it nice to belong?

9 thoughts on “New Year’s Resolution: 4288 x 2848

  1. You are so right about the importance of having a camera that really fits in the hand, that is an extension of one’s self. Of course, that would actually mean an Olympus, but there you go … 😉

  2. Hi Gene,
    Be careful… your cameras are getting bigger. Before you know it, you could find yourself slipping back into film gear!! 🙂
    Happy New Year,
    Jamie

  3. You guys are so right. It fits nicely into my small collection. I still have one film cam left — a Bessa T. Don’t use it much though.

  4. Gene, glad to hear you could use your old software keys. Nice! I’ve always used PSE and found it had all I needed for my work. I bought CS4 and have to say it’s way more than I need by a couple of miles.

    Gene and Earl, there’s a place for you both in the loyalty department when customer appreciation for Nikon and Olympus are mentioned

  5. Hi Gene,
    Nice new toy! I’ve never figured out why they bother to take up space on a still camera to slap a worthless movie mode into it. Glad my 5D doesn’t have one. Stay cool!

  6. Thanks Jan. PSE is working out well. Each version subsumes more of the CS versions.

    Pam, great to hear from you! I’ll bet your 5D has been a joy and I know you’re doing spectacular work with it. Movie stuff — it works really well on the Panasonic GH-1, but it costs a lot. The D90 movie stuff is lame.

  7. Glad you got the D90, its always nice to start off the new year with something new:) Bet you’ll enjoy it. I’ve always enjoyed reading your past entries, so don’t stop writing! Take care and happy new year Gene!

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