is now officially my first DSLR!
Right after Masood read my 10 Honest Things About Me list, he decided to buy me an SLR camera himself. When he told me that he’ll give it to me as an Eid/Anniversary gift in advance, I politely said, “I can wait until Eid.” But deep inside I prayed that he’d disagree to wait THAT long. And he did! He believes it’s pointless to wait when I’m already dreaming about the thing every single night (and day).
I chose the D40 because it’s the least expensive of the Nikon DSLRs series, and it’s the smallest as well. It’s not like I’m going out to pursue a career in photography next week; this is just a hobby. But most importantly, I’ve read and heard great reviews about D40; people who own a D40 for the past couple of years still love it. The 6.1 MP doesn’t bother me because I have no intentions to take huge prints of the photographs that I take. The pictures, I’m sure, will only grace this blog and Facebook.
I haven’t taken any serious pictures yet. Since opening the box last night, an hour was spent on simply holding the camera in my hands and soaking in that feeling of pure bliss and happiness. I spent the rest of the evening going through the manual (which is something I rarely do), reading about the D40 online, watching countless YouTube tutorial videos, and cooking dinner.
I’m not sure when I’ll go out to try my camera yet, since the weather is too hot to venture anywhere outdoors, plus there’s a lot going on both at home and work. Also, I have my upcoming parallel parking test sometime next week, inshaAllah, and it’s making me nervous.
My favorite quote of the day:
Buying a Nikon doesn’t make you a photographer. It makes you a Nikon owner.
Hence, I need to learn a lot – and practice – to make the most out of my DSLR. Oh, and my point-and-shoot camera is still with me – in my bag – for those everyday, anytime shots.