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.Â For as long as I can remember, I have never made such a list.Â I just liked whatever I got.Â I do remember that for a birthday one year I asked for an inflatable umbrella.Â What are the chances that I would get something like that?Â I know, right?
I got an inflatable umbrella.
I guess that asking thing really works.Â So this year I will make one request to you all.Â Money.
Now now, the money isn’t just “money”.Â This money has a purpose.Â I am in need, yes in need, of a Nikon D80 Digital SLR camera.Â See, my last camera was gifted to me by my parents as a graduation gift.Â This Nikon Coolpix 4300 has served me well for years.Â It is really a great little camera.
This camera was used to capture the images that got me a photography job in California.Â 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.Â 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).Â The Nikon D80 is 10.2 megapixels.
The Nikon 4300 is a program camera with a manual mode.Â This means that it manages all of the settings, brightness, aperature, f-stops, ISO, and focus.Â I can control if there is a flash and the zoom of 3x.Â 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.Â 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.Â 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.Â The Nikon D80 prints 17.3 inches by 26 inches.