On Cats and Cameras

Oh, Nikon D3100, where have you been all my life?

{On pre-order, of course!)

I've had a DLSR on my wish-list for the best part of this year and I've been researching them for just as long. Let's face it, I'm no photography expert. What did I want? An easy to use camera, one that I could learn with as I went along, and one that wouldn't cost me my first-born child cat. I tested out my brother's Canon 550D while he was visiting and fell in love - but I was won over by everyone telling me how great the Nikon models were. Add the fact that the D3100 was a newer, lighter, revamped model of the D3000 classic AND shoots video, well, I was sold.

I pre-ordered the camera at the end of August. I knew it was a bit of a gamble, since no official release date was announced, but there were so many pre-order deals going that I bit the bullet and went for it.

Things were all going fine, until I noticed that the estimated delivery time on all the websites stayed as an estimate. I was worried. What happened if the camera release was delayed? What happened if the delivery was late? What was the point in ordering a fancy pants camera that didn't even arrive in time for me to take it with me to Europe? Imagine, if you will, me in a mild state of panic.

I emailed the store I'd pre-ordered through. I emailed other stores, to see if they'd heard anything. I even emailed Nikon Europe to see if they could tell me when it was due in - but I still didn't get an answer. I got a call last week though, to tell me that it was in stock! The store I bought it through were really fabulous, and shipping it next day for me - complete with a free memory card, storage backpack & photo editor. I've been playing with it constantly since, trying to get my head around all the bells and whistles.

Unfortunately it's been gloomy and rainy outside for the past week, so I've spent my time capturing two subjects: Jason and Oscar. One is being more co-operative than the other in regards to having his picture taken, so here are some of my favourite snapshots so far, straight out of the camera. I hope you like them as much as I do!


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16 comments:

Emily Jane said...

Cat photos.... the way to my heart :) What handsome little fellows! I can't wait for the day when I've saved up enough for a nice fancy camera!

Jess said...

The photos are gorgeous... and so is Oscar! It's so fun having a DSLR and the photo quality really is awesome. I'm looking forward to trying out a new subject with our Nikon DSLR... a baby! Eek!

Megan said...

Cats and cameras...a marriage made in heaven. Oscar is so cute!

carly said...

i have wanted a dslr for ages. am yet to get one :(

boyfriend is wondering why i need one if im not a professional. lol.

i need one. i want one. must get one.

lol.

lovely photographs. having huge pangs of wanting a kitty cat everytime i look at your photographs of oscar :(

janet said...

Great photos! (how do you already know what you're doing?) and Handsome Kitty!

Britt said...

Love it! The photos are so clear and crisp. :)

Chantel said...

Oooh camera love! I got my dSLR last year and love it (I went with a cannon 500D). Lovely photos you have taken already! The photos they produce are just amazing. You will get alot of joy out of this baby! x

Margaret said...

Ooooh what great photos. The DSLR dream is on my list too and will stay there for a little while. But when I am good to go I shall come back and get a robust review from you:)

Hope you are having fun packing. x

Fiona said...

More cat photos! yay!

Liv said...

Those pictures came out awesome!

I started dabbling in pet photography a while back and have realized it can take a hundred shots to get a gem =) So worth it though. Congrats on the camera!

Hilary said...

Love the pictures!
Love Oscar!
What a cutie, and a natural model!

Amanda said...

Yay! Camera! Should we have a camera date? I still haven't learnt the manual settings on mine :)

Karen said...

Enjoy playing around with that camera. Though I think the pictures of Oscar already turned out really nice. I cannot wait for the day that I have my own DSLR (though it might be another year or two or three till I can afford one).

Becky said...

Oh Oscar! Love those pics so jealous of your new awesome camera!

Katie said...

The photos are lovely. Oscar is so photogenic. It makes me miss Puddy so much, but at the same time I'm enjoying looking at them because it reminds me of her. Congrats on your new camera - takes great photos!

terra said...

So pretty! And I'm so glad you finally got the camera - I know you were starting to get a little worried.

I'm a big Nikon fan, largely because that's what we use at work, but I've got my very own Nikon d5000 that I LOVE. I hope you love your new baby just as much as I love mine!





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