Today I ordered a new (to me) DSLR and two lenses. After spending weeks trying to decide between Nikon and Canon I realized that the film work I’ve been doing is the most challenging and fun photography I’ve done in a long time, and that I wanted to keep the feel of film and vintage glass.
So I abandoned CaNikon entirely and got the Sony A700 and two older Minolta lenses. The Sony supposedly inherited a lot from the fact that Sony purchased Minolta’s technology, so the colors are more “analogue” than digital and the images are said to be rounder and more pleasing than the more analytical Nikon or soft Canon. And the glass is what I’ve been using all semester for my film stuff and I am enjoying the heck out of, and because it’s a “third-party” brand the really great older lenses are easily available and inexpensive for their quality. The DSLR body I got is three or four years old and, when it was introduced, competed with the Nikon D300 and Canon 50D, so it’s designed to be a beginner pro body. Hopefully it’ll give me another good few years and then I’ll move on to whatever Big Honking Camera Sony has put out by then.
So, hopefully in a week or so I can stop typing words and post a lot more pictures! I’ll also get back to photographing other people’s dogs – more on that as it comes.
Meanwhile, you’ll have to forgive me as I try to put together my final assignments for both digital and darkroom courses. Finals are in two weeks and critiques are ramping up and taking most of every class period. That means less lab time just when we’re supposed to be producing many more pictures per class, so at this point I feel like I should just move a cot in there and catch naps while my negatives are drying.
Next semester I’ll have advanced darkroom – Biff has promised to teach me medium format, which is downright thrilling – and then I asked for advanced digital but they canceled the class at the last minute. So I am signed up for an art history class but pushing hard for a directed study in photography that will allow me to put together a portfolio.
Puppy updates: I think the last time I blogged we still had four boys here. Since then our precious Puck has flown to California and merry Bosco went to a wonderful local home. Quince and Sebastian are still here and available, but I am sort of whispering that because I love having them and so does everybody else. I’ll post pictures as soon as the new camera gets here.
And now, because the college closed down for the weekend and I can’t go immerse myself in yellow safety lights and f/stops, I will go take a nap. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz.