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my new toy!

For Christmas, my other half got me a Nikon D40, my first digital SLR camera!
well, to be precise.. I got it but he paid for it :P

The hub never understood my fascination/obsession with photo-taking but he kinda grew used to it. He knew that I'd always wanted a DSLR but the price & size of one made me think twice. Heh.. I have no qualms dropping a few grand on a bag or watch but will hesitate when it comes to techy stuff whereas hub is the exact opposite. Also, I used to think that a SLR wasn't easy to use..it did look kinda complicated. The D40 changed my mind. It was everything I wanted in a SLR.. lightweight, compact, affordable and really easy to use. It definitely isn't as compact as my trusty Coolpix but it's small enough to chuck into my handbag (yeah, most of my bags are pretty roomy). My colleague who services the Nikon account helped to get a really good price for it..the entire kit, which includes a 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens (!!??) and a 1G SD card for $900. Helped saved my hub some moolah :D~

Aidan thus became my guinea pig as I tested the camera on him, taking pics after pics. I thought the photos came out sharper although I have to admit, having a better camera doesn't guarantee fantastic pics (it's not the cam, it's the person behind it :P). What I like most abt using this SLR is that there's hardly any shutterlag so Aidan doesn't have much time to react or even blink ! When I showed the photos to hub, he said that he didn't see much difference in comparison to those I'd taken with my digicam. Bah!

But I'm ♥ing this new cam of mine!

Heh..tons of pics taken with the new cam.. =D~

@mengchooMong's place this evening for a BBQ..


These 2 birds were perched on the ledge of the wall which faced our back patio. When we first moved here, they had built a small nest. But a week later, we realised that the nest was destroyed, most likely by the condo cleaners. I was a li' upset when that happened. The birds disappeared for a while but about 1 month ago, they flew back and have been doing so every evening ever since. Even without a nest, they seem to be sitting comfortably there, enjoying each other's company.

Was never able to take a pic of the birds with my digicam because it always came out so blur! With my new SLR, I was finally able to do so although it looks kinda like a painting eh..

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Jan. 7th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
noooooooooooo angelia! there really is a difference in the pics taken, so it's a worthy buy!

i particularly love the pic of aidan in green top and in a car.. like a model sia! hahahahaha... so young but so pro in this already eh... :)

and the last pic of the two birds really look like a painting.. nice..

i believe all ur readers enjoy the pics u put up prior to the new cam, but it doesnt hurt to view those taken with a DSLR now.. ;)

happy 2007 to u and your loved ones...
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC)
i like the pic of him in green too. He looks so adult!

Happy New Year to u too :) It's been a while since u blogged eh.
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Jan. 7th, 2007 02:32 pm (UTC)
They're so much better than your digi cam and the ka-chick sound is cool right. Deifinitely worth the buy! Now u should ask ur ahlao to take a pic of u holding the dslr, then make it into a nice avatar.
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:50 pm (UTC)
yeah..and just carrying a slr makes u feel cool..(and professional)..although i feel like a pretender at times :P

hub and i are opposites..he abhors taking pics :D..
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:34 pm (UTC)
wow nice pictures! pls take more pictures in future to share with us
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
allo..this auntie will guarantee take lotsa pics..be it with a point or shoot or DSLR *grin*
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Jan. 7th, 2007 03:58 pm (UTC)
yup..i thought it was a fab buy..esp for a DSLR when most of it are priced above $1k :)
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
definitely got difference lah! the pics are much sharper for sure ;) and i love the pic of him in water.. and the last one too!
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Jan. 8th, 2007 02:45 pm (UTC)
yeah..alot of difference in pics taken by dslr and thosefrom the normal digicam eh :)
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
Wah! The 3rd pic, Aidan looks like a model!
Jan. 8th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
he looks so adult in that pic eh :)
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
Wow! The difference is there, look at the details especially the 2nd picture. Have fun with your new toy!
Jan. 8th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
having way too much fun already =)
Jan. 7th, 2007 02:53 pm (UTC)
You're tempting me!
Possible to get your colleague help again? :p
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
i'm sure it won't be a problem. u have to pay cash though. lemme know if you are serious abt the buy.
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Jan. 7th, 2007 03:00 pm (UTC)
Lady the pictures are good enough to go professional lor..

p.s. I'm interested in the good deal leh..so cheap!
Jan. 8th, 2007 07:32 am (UTC)
let me know if you are really keen. have to pay cash though.
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Really love the last shot especially :)
Happy NEW YEAR!!
Jan. 8th, 2007 03:33 pm (UTC)
thanks dear! a happy new year to u too :)
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
OMG!!!!! DSLR! AHHHHHHHHHH!! Look at those photos. Awesome camera. I'm jealous. Haha.
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:11 pm (UTC)
Lucky you! ;) And the difference is exceptional when you look at the photo of the one with Aidan playing in the pool. Just look at how the water swirls! Yeah, like you, I've been toying with the idea of getting the SLR, but for me, maybe in a couple of years time! Between a bag and a camera, the bag will still beat the camera without a doubt. Heh.
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
heh..i have way too many handbags already yet i still think twice abt getting a slr hehe..us women ah!
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:14 pm (UTC)
Your pictures look nicer than those taken from the other camera lah... this one balances the reds better. And with a better camera, the photographer is also in a better mood, hence nicer photos too! Love the quality of the pictures. :)
Jan. 8th, 2007 01:47 pm (UTC)
i agree...feels kinda shiok shooting with the slr. but i still got lots to learn abt the cam and phototaking!
Jan. 7th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
very sharp pictures! so much better than previous one! 900buckaroos well spent!

and yes, you should ask your lao-de to take a piccie of you and the cammy for a new avatar!
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