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Monday, February 27, 2023

I bought a new lens.

Actually, a "pre-owned" Nikon 300mm prime lens and a Nikon 1.4X teleconverter, neither of which I have paid for. For those of you who know even less than I do about photography, a prime lens is the plain stepsister of the telephoto lens that we all of use in one form or another. The teleconverter enlarges the image a little more, but neither are "adjustable". With a prime lens if you want a larger image you just move close to the subject. So why use one? Sharper, cleaner images and a bit lighter - although certainly not a "lightweight".

This morning we walked over to Estero Llano State Park next door. Talked to friends, talked to strangers, took a few first time photos.

Friday, January 27, 2023

Old and Obsolete Camera(man)

These photos were taken on 01/26/2023 on South Padre Island. I am posting this to remind myself of the joy of shooting photos with an obsolete, heavy Nikon D7500 camera and equally obsolete and even heavier Nikon 200-500mm lens, the combination of which weigh a boat anchor. Previously I had a Nikon D5600 camera which ... which I dropped :-(. The lens survived quite well; the camera body seemed okay, then acquired a mind of its own, randomly changing settings before commenting suicide. 

Nikon has embraced mirrorless camera technology to the point where the D7500 is the last Nikon DSLR in current production. It shares the same sensor and processor as the previous Nikon "flagship" D500. It shares the basic guts, with fewer bells and whistles. 

Lorna has a marvelous new Canon mirrorless camera and I was having a quite a bad case of camera envy. Yesterday I got my settings tuned in and got my photo groove back. I have come to the realization that I too am old and obsolete. When I die they may have to pry my rigor mortis stiffened fingers from this howitzer of a camera.

Obsoletely yours,
Gunnar Berg