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DX or FX ... choices, choices, choices

Sunday, June 16, 2013

emoticon I got a Nikon camera, emoticon I love to take a photograph, emoticon Mama, don't take emoticon my Kodachrome emoticon away! emoticon

Back while I was in grad school, I mentioned to my semi-professional brother that I was tired of my point-and-shoot getting the picture after the picture I wanted to get. I wanted something that would capture the moment FAST!! emoticon I was thinking of getting the Nikon D40. My brother, being the sweetheart that he is, recommended I try his D50 and see if I liked it since the two cameras were very similar. He figured this would help me decide whether or not I wanted to go that way. Well, I LOVED emoticon the camera. Nine months later, he inquired as to whether I was any closer to making up my mind. emoticon Hint! Hint! I got it - he was ready for me to return his camera! So I bought my D40 and returned his camera.

In the years since, I've made a lot of pictures and some have actually turned out good - but always shooting on Auto. In the last year, I decided it was time to actually learn how to use the camera. emoticon So when Groupon offered some great deals on online photography classes, I jumped the opportunity. emoticon

Truth: emoticon Nerds emoticon love emoticon school! emoticon

So, I've been taking my lessons, doing my homework, pouring through the website, looking at books, lenses, cameras, etc. And I've realized that my camera is very old and very limited and there are things it doesn't do (or do easily) that I'd like to be able to do (a few more pixels, more focus points, separate control knob for aperture setting, lower ISO setting). Which leads me to ... where do I go from here???

My brother tells me that if I move to an FX camera, there are lots of old Nikon film camera lenses that I can use (although they won't autofocus necessarily) ... or I can buy FX lenses and keep using them on my DX camera (they'll operate, I just wont get the full FX format since I'll be operating with a DX format sensor) but I'd have them when I finally move up to FX , or I could bite the bullet and buy an FX camera but ...$$$$$ OMG! I don't have that kind of cash!!

So ... do I just get a more capable DX camera and stick with DX lenses?
emoticon Choices emoticon choices emoticon choices emoticon

How about you? What do you shoot? Do you long for a more professional model? Have you used both? Is the move up emoticon really worth the extra thousands?? emoticon emoticon emoticon

Tell me about your camera/experiences! emoticon

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    Oh no, Annie!! Do not flounder! You *can* do great things with your digital!! (Now - go forth and DO!!!)
    1826 days ago
    I will be of no help to you, my camera savant. I used my antiquated Canon T50, till it eventually breathed it's last breath, and then... went digital. From there, having felt robbed of my love for photography, I have floundered in the picture taking arts.
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