Happy birthday to me!

Yesterday was my birthday and Marc gave me a giftcard for Crutchfield (the company is headquartered in Charlottesville, so we have a brick and mortar store) with the understanding that it was going to be used to buy my very first DSLR camera!

The design blog world seems to be divided into Canon and Nikon camps. After doing some research and talking to a few professional photographers locally, I found that the a good deal of the photography world is divided in the same way.

After pouring over online reviews and photography forums, I've decided to buy the Nikon D5000. Isn't it pur-dey?

Photos from KenRockwell.com, obviously

Anyone want to reinforce my decision or make a pitch for Canon? I know I'll need to do some significant reading to get up to speed on using this thing and I've even looked into taking a class at the local community college once I've read the manual and gone over the online tutorials. Am I missing anything?

Anyone have suggestions for lenses or accessories?


  1. We have both - the Nikon from Steve's work and the Canon that is our own. Nikon lenses have come a long way in recent years (the photogs often claim the Canon glass is better). I love working with both, honestly, I don't think you can go wrong. Have fun!

  2. I am a Nikon user primarily because of arthritic hands and the easy fit and weight of the camera.
    I also prefer the Lithium battery as opposed to the AA's which give you about 20 shots..
    Currently, I am using the Nikon D40. Having had it for not quite two years, the service contract has been honored twice. First time was at six months, the lens locked and refused to turn. (it was made of plastic inside and broke.. so a new lens was exchanged at no cost. Just recently on my trip to Florida, the camera just stopped doing anything!
    The entire computer mechanism inside the camera had to be replaced.
    I love my camera, and want to upgrade..
    but is the cost worth it?
    If anything, make sure you get the service contract, it assures you a new replacement battery FREE of charge.
    happy birthday.. happy clicking!
    warm sandy hugs..

  3. Happy Birthday! No opinion on cameras because I don't have a DSLR. Yet.

  4. Oooh, fancy! I wouldn't even know what to do with it. :-)

    Happy belated birthday!

  5. Happy happy happy birthday! We share the same birthday month. :) We have Canon EOS Rebel XTi and love it. We got a Tamron lens (AF28-300) before we went to South Africa so we could get better pics from long range, and we keep that lens on all the time. I'm not a photog buff so I can't sway you either way, so I bet for starting out you can't go wrong with either brand! How exciting! Maybe you can teach me a thing or two!

  6. Happy Birthday! I've been pining for the D5000 myself. I want to eventually upgrade from my nikon point and shoot. I'll look forward to your review to help me decide between the canon and the nikon!

  7. I have a d60 and love it--my bff just bought the same one you're getting! Happy Birthday!

  8. I have the Nikon D90 and it's awesome! I've always used Nikons, but my husband loves his canon. Either way, I think you'll be getting a quality camera.

  9. HAPPY belated birthday!!! While I got the Canon for my birthday back in November I am by no means a camera expert but I really do love my camera and wouldnt have bought any other one :)

    Either way I think you will be so happy with it!

  10. I've got a Nikon D90 and love it.

    Happy Birthday!!!

  11. Congratulations! I am getting a Nikon just like yours for my birthday next month. I can't wait!

  12. Happy Birthday. We have the exact same camera and love it, although I feel like we are HUGE novices and don't know/use all the features yet!

  13. Happy (belated) birthday!! I'm super jealous of your new camera... mine was stolen earlier this year. I'm sure the one you have will be amazing!

  14. My vote is for Canon... but I'm sure the Nikon is really good too!

  15. The very nicest thing about Canon cameras are 1) you can use "TAMERON" lenses as well as canon lenses. When you upgrade, you dont have to start all over because all of their lenses are user friendly with all of the DSLR BODIES.... Happy shooting !!!!


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