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Question 4:

Nikon, Canon, etc?

JUDY:  “Most cameras are well respected.  I happen to shoot with a Nikon.

The first camera I used was a Nikon Coolpix and I was shooting on automatic and using the various scene modes.  I was very new to photography and I did not have any idea how to shoot in Manual, Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority.  Those settings were a foreign language to me at the time.

Once I discovered how much I loved photography, I confiscated my husband’s Nikon D300, thank you Jim for sharing, and I began learning about what Bryan Peterson calls “The Photographic Triangle” – Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.

Once I had a better understanding of those factors, my photography began to improve and I found myself wanting to do more.  Now, I wanted a Nikon camera that would allow me to increase my resolution and ISO with acceptable noise when shooting in low-light situations such as concerts.  So, last Winter I bought myself the Nikon D800 and I am loving it.”

JIM: “Well, I happen to shoot with Nikon cameras.  Mostly because that is what I bought.  Not because it is any better than Canon or the others.  I think that one is as good as the other.  As a matter of fact, I don’t think that the camera makes a huge difference in photography, I think that the photographer is what makes the difference.  It’s like telling a cook that he or she made a good meal so they must be using good pots.

I bought a Nikon because I believe that Nikon has good glass or good lenses.  As a result, I didn’t really buy it for the body, I bought it for the lenses and the fact that they are backward compatible for years and years.

You need a camera that is capable of capturing a quality image and today’s DSLRs are all capable of doing that. After that, pick a brand and go with it.  The debate concerning which is better is really just wasting time that could be better spent out taking pictures.”

Judy Hardiman

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