|Wikipedia hosts this spectacular summary of what's on the market and what's been on the market, Nikon-wise. I'd be lost without it.|
And I don't see a need to buy up. The market has come a long way in just a few years, as technology continues to evolve at break-neck speed. I was one of the Nikon D50 early adopters in 2005, and at that time, it was considered a mid-range camera. Today's D3300 handily outstrips the capability of the original D50, but but the D3300 is instead considered entry-level. You could buy a mid-range package, but would you notice a significant difference in the results for your extra $500 to $1,000 investment? To me, the sweet spot of investment remains at the entry level simply because of the remarkable recent achievements in technology.
Most of the pics on this blog were taken with the 18 - 55 mm lens, which neatly brackets the range of normal consumer experience from de facto macro to wide angle. Here is a series of recent photos illustrating the general capabilities of the 55 - 200 mm lens. Note that these have been cropped and downsampled to a 1024 pixel size, so the originals are much higher resolution.
|Bug-eyed on the Boardwalk Bullet: If you stand on Kipp Avenue a short distance south of the Starbucks, that's probably your best vantage point for shots like this. I took this on Sunday afternoon as I was trying to catch my family in action, not knowing when their turn would come.|
|The roller coaster moves so fast that there's no time to confirm which car your family members or friends might be in - it's better just to shoot first and ask questions later. None of my family in this one either.|
|Still no loved ones appearing, but I was really impressed that this young lady's ornate hijab remained in place for the duration of her ride.|
|Kemah also boasts that new upside-down ride, reportedly the only one in Texas and the second tallest in the world. One of the enchanting things about using a basic telephoto is that picture-viewing becomes a bit like Christmas - you won't really know what you've got until afterward when you load up the pics on your computer. My child asked, "Mommy? Why is that guy giving the finger?" I replied, "I don't know sweetie - apparently he was engaged in a conversation with someone on the ground." |
|They are such fearsome beasts, aren't they?? I never get sick of photographing anoles.|
I have always told myself that I'll go ahead and purchase the next upper level of camera at the very point where I feel I have exhausted the possibilities of the entry level models that I already own. I myself have yet to reach that threshold. Good luck with your own camera shopping.