Friday, July 01, 2011
Point and Shoot Camera?
The other day I stopped and talked with a neighbor while coming home from work. I noticed that her daughter held a very nice Nikon *all in one* camera. One that I'd probably love to have.
I commented on the camera and she said~~
*Oh I wish I knew how to operate the darned thing, it has so many settings!*
I said, *Well gee, get a cheapo point and shoot camera and experiment with it first, they have all those basic settings also.*
Her eyebrow went up a bit.
I knew it was coming.
*But those cheap cameras don't take good pictures!*
I smiled and had a bit of 'camera envy' over her Nikon. It would be handy to have while on hikes. Hmmm.
But then I recalled my first digital camera.
A point and shoot Olympus Stylus 410. Pocket sized.
I had 3 magazine cover shots for Mules and More Magazine with that 'cheapo crappy camera'.
I used the camera for 6 yrs before it started to croak on me.
It took awesome macros and sunset photos, it was a great learning camera.
One I was not afraid to take riding with me...
I then replaced it with a Pentax Optio W60 which I fell deeply in love with as it took great super macros and was tough also.
And the Pentax is not afraid of cold weather. In fact I broke it, sent it in and had it repaired because I love it so much!
For everyday use and running back and forth to work, I normally have a pocket camera. Since I have broken 3 other pocket cameras, I bought the cheapest one they had at Walmart.
I call it my Pink Fugly Camera.
It is cheap.
But boy it can take some great shots!
I drove away from my discussion trying to figure out the reasons exactly WHY I should have a Nikon like hers.
Well heck, the lens was great.
The camera was nice.
...and it had all those cool little settings.
Then I heard my Dad's voice saying:
It is not the camera, it is the person behind the lens.
I guess I keep the Fugly Pink Camera...
until I can figure out a good reason for that Nikon....