I got a new camera! The Nikon D300!
After months of contemplation, I nearly cleared out my savings account so I could buy this puppy. I ordered it on Thursday, thinking it would be here maybe the middle of next week. Instead, they shipped it THREE HOURS after I ordered it. It arrived on Friday. For future reference, Beach Camera has excellent, efficient service.
This would NORMALLY be a great thing, only this is my last week of school. I have uhh... three papers to write, two final tests... No, three final tests. I have too much to do, and what I really want to do is play with this camera.
I messed around with it a little today, read the manual in the car while we were doing errands, etc. But for the most part, I have had very little time to really play. It has some great features, though. The manual is huge.
Oh, and I got a new wide-angle lens, too: the Tokina 12-24mm. I've been thinking about it for a LONG time, and it really seemed appropriate now.
I feel very, um... I dunno. It's a great camera, but I don't know if I am even up to it as a photographer. I am probably over-thinking it, though. I doubt other people contemplate these things before they upgrade cameras. I knew I wanted to get a new camera, and I figured, since I AM going to do it, and that money is definitely coming out of that static-for-the-foreseeable-future savings account, I may as well do it before I go to Galapagos. Have the technology they've developed for the D300, as well as the 12 megapixels to work with when I'm cropping and ordering prints rather than 6.
Anyway, starting next weekend, I get to do nothing but take pictures and goof around. And swim laps in the pool to start practicing for Galapagos currents. :)