Making an Appeal

This is the start of a letter I am going to send out to my family in an effort to raise money for a Nikon D80 DSLR.

It seems each year I get requests for a Christmas list, a list featuring things that I want or I need.  For as long as I can remember, I have never made such a list.  I just liked whatever I got.  I do remember that for a birthday one year I asked for an inflatable umbrella.  What are the chances that I would get something like that?  I know, right?

I got an inflatable umbrella.

I guess that asking thing really works.  So this year I will make one request to you all.  Money.

Now now, the money isn’t just “money”.  This money has a purpose.  I am in need, yes in need, of a Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera.  See, my last camera was gifted to me by my parents as a graduation gift.  This Nikon Coolpix 4300 has served me well for years.  It is really a great little camera.

This camera was used to capture the images that got me a photography job in California.  The same camera has exposed the beauty on water lillies in a pond on fampus, the crashing waves on the shores of Bodega and stopped the wings of bees in mid-flight.

For years I carried this camera with me nearly anywhere I went.  With patience and determination, I was able to take these pictures despite the restrictions this camera had placed on itself.

My current digital camera is 4 megapixels; while cutting edge at the time, the standard now is closer to 7 megapixels (the higher the megapixels the higher the quality and the greater the size).  The Nikon D80 is 10.2 megapixels.

The Nikon 4300 is a program camera with a manual mode.  This means that it manages all of the settings, brightness, aperature, f-stops, ISO, and focus.  I can control if there is a flash and the zoom of 3x.  With some button pushing, seven for each setting, I can set one of two f-stops, one of 10 aperatures, and one of five ISOs.  I cannot set the focus beyond four focus points which makes macro shots (my speciality) nearly impossible (this is where patience comes into play).

The Nikon D80 is a manual camera, I can either focus the camera completely manually with an infinite number of focal points or use one its eleven focal points.
I would be able to set the ISO (camera shutter speed) from 100 and up to 1600 in increments of 1/3 (100, 130, 169… 1600).

I would be able to set the aperature (amount of light allowed into the lens) from 1/4 to 32 in increments of 1/3 (currently I have three settings, I would have twenty).

The zoom level would only be limited by the lens I used.  My current camera has a fixed lens, this camera has replaceable lenses which means I could go from fisheye (which would capture an entire room in a single shot) to a 30x zoom with no trouble (instead of 1x, 2x, 3x zoom).

My current camera can be printed to about 7 inches by 9 inches.  The Nikon D80 prints 17.3 inches by 26 inches.

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