Recently, I purchased a full frame camera, a d700. It’s not new but it’s new to me. Ten years ago it was one of Nikon’s top professional models.
I’ve had this particular camera model on my radar for quite some time. The reviews that I have read indicate that it was a great camera and still is. I certainly could have purchased a current ‘top of the line’ model but cost was a major factor. Yes, it is old and lacking some to today’s bells and whistles but with a shutter count of less that 7,000 it is virtually new. The shutter count for this caliber of camera can reach up to 150,000.
So now I have a full frame and a cropped sensor model of camera. Those with a sensor the same size as a 35mm slide are full frame cameras. A cropped sensor is smaller.
I use my cropped sensor camera, a Nikon d7200, for photographing nature, wildlife and sports. And I love using it when I’m traveling. It’s built in WiFi allows me to connect to my iPhone or iPad and quickly move images to my processing apps and then to social media.
I’ll use my d700 primarily for architectural, landscape and panorama photography. The image quality of this camera is excellent for this type of photography.
I’m not a ’gear head’. I don’t have to have the latest greatest equipment. Previously owned equipment in excellent condition works just fine for me. My overarching interest is to create the best possible images with my available equipment.
The image above was made about a month ago at Sombrio Beach near Port Renfrew, B.C. It was raining heavily but I had found some shelter in small cave. A long exposure smoothed giving it a silky look.
I was glad to have two cameras available on this occasion as changing lenses is difficult under such poor conditions. By having one camera equipped with a longer zoom lens and the other with a short zoom lens I found I could deal with most photo opportunities without exposing the inner workings of my cameras to the weather.