Gearhead: Need for the latest or just an upgrade

As I understand it, a  Gearhead is one who must have the newest, latest, greatest piece of gear. The term could apply to golfers, fishermen and of course, to photographers.

So, recently when I first considered the idea of a new camera I wondered if the name Gearhead applied to me. After all, I already own 2 Nikon digital cameras and a Canon film camera.

The Canon sits on my book shelf as a reminder of a time  long past. The other two, a Nikon D700 was introduced 12 years ago and a 4 year old Nikon D7200, are both in regular use. Old technology in some respects but they are still capable of making excellent images.

I bought the D700 because it has a full frame sensor. I am its 2nd owner. Of all the cameras I have owned the D7200 is my favourite. I especially like its ergonomics, light weight and it’s WiFi capabilities.

The camera I’ve been researching, a Nikon D750, combines the full frame sensor of the D700 with all the features I like on the D7200. Additionally, it has a back screen that flips out. This is the feature I’ve been looking for.

At my stage of life gravity has a negative effect on how I can contort myself to get in the best position to make an image. Getting down low when my camera needs to be set up close to the ground can be a bit awkward. However, breaking the bonds of gravity to get back up is quite the act. This camera provides a solution. The flip out back screen allows me to compose images by looking down at the screen. No need for me to get as low as the camera.

Equally important,  for the photography I like to do, I really only need one camera and one set of accompanying lenses.

As I write this post I’ve been shooting with the D750. Yes! I bought it! After researching prices at a variety of vendors across Canada I found that I could purchase this camera in Victoria. Saved a bundle!  Now I have 2 cameras to sell as well as a couple of lenses.

Even though it was windy and wet in Victoria last Thursday I headed to Fisherman’s Wharf and Ogden Point to give my new camera a spin. Then, on Friday we made our way up Vancouver Island to Qualicum Beach. We stopped at the Nanaimo harbour, Rathtrevor Beach and the French Creek government wharf so I could make some additional images. 

On Saturday I walked Qualicum’s long beautiful beach. I believe it is in excess of 3 km long. Massing along the beach were seagulls, thousands of them, likely searching for herring or herring eggs from this year’s run. I’ve never seen so many birds in one place. I was reminded of Hitchcock’s movie, The Birds. They remained on the beach and in the shallows most of the day. By dusk they were gone only to return on Sunday morning. This was definitely a highlight and a good opportunity to create some interesting images.

We had hoped to stay longer on Vancouver Island but decided to head for home on Monday morning. Given the urgency of the Coronavirus situation we felt we would be more comfortable at home where we are far more familiar with our surroundings. It will be a good opportunity to work on the several hundred images I made with my new camera.

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  1. Sheryl Korsch March 17, 2020 at 5:53 pm #

    Great Shots with your new camera! 🙂 Did you travel in your car on the Ferry? Sounds like you have lots of project work to keep busy these days! 🙂 Stay Well, Stu and Ellen!!

    • Stu Dale March 17, 2020 at 6:30 pm #

      Thanks Sheryl! Yes we drove our car onto the ferry. I have lots to keep me busy!

  2. Jane March 17, 2020 at 8:03 pm #

    I think you might be a gear head, Stu. It’s amazing what one can do with the new equipment! I like the pictures with the water and yes, there seems to be a number of gulls swarming around! Maybe you could get into movies…Return of The Birds… JANE

    • Stu Dale March 25, 2020 at 1:18 pm #

      I like good gear Jane but not necessarily the most up to date.

  3. Hart Downey March 18, 2020 at 4:53 am #

    Thanks for sharing Stu. The pictures are beautiful, they feel like it must have been a bright, cool day

    • Stu Dale March 18, 2020 at 7:12 am #

      Yes it was Hart! Cool, windy and bright. Thanks for commenting.

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