Marcus L. Rowland (ffutures) wrote,
Marcus L. Rowland

So I got a Nikon D90...

And on the whole I think it's pretty good. It feels like much better focusing accuracy than the Eos 500D, and resolution seems to be as good as my lenses will allow. Which turns out to be better for the Nikon 35mm than my big 28-300mm Tamron zoom, which is probably not a huge surprise - unless you pay a small fortune a prime lens will usually out-perform a zoom. But zoom resolution is still good enough for my day-to-day needs, so I don't have to start worrying about replacing it as a matter of urgency. With the 35mm a close-up photo of some bits of stone was good enough that when I zoomed in I was seeing pixel-level jaggedness before it started looking out of focus, which is a pretty good test.

I'm not going to post any pictures today because the weather is crap and all I've taken is stuff in and around my flat - as soon as the weather is a bit nicer I'll take it to the park.

The only down side so far is that it only came with one battery, and doesn't use the same ones as the D50 so I can't simply keep one of those. I definitely need at least one more. Not a huge problem, you can get two generic batteries for £11, or one allegedly Nikon one for about the same price. I also need to get a bigger memory card, I only have 2gb and if I ever want to use RAW that's going to fill pretty fast. Finally, it doesn't seem to have any infra-red sensitivity, at least going by the live-view screen image looking at the signal from a TV remote, but I stopped using the D50 for that when I found that my little Fuji bridge camera was giving better results, so I don't think it's worth worrying about.

My feeling at least for now is that I don't need to rush into upgrading anything else. I was thinking about getting a 50mm, but given the higher resolution I think I should stick with the 35mm lens - the results are good enough that I can enlarge more. At some point I probably should look at getting a better zoom, but it simply isn't urgent. I'll put the D50 on to eBay in a few days

More when I've got pics.

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