Omigod, I CAN haz camera!

Warning: there are more exclamation points in this post than any one post should be allowed. Also, there is some squeeeeeing.

I’m not the sort to whine about a situation and then ignore an opportunity when it becomes available.

I’ve been wanting a camera. A DSLR camera. And a zoom lens. For about a year now.

After speaking with friends who have DSLRs and salespeople at three different camera chains, and tooling around the internet I decided that I could be quite happy with a Nikon D3100, which goes for about $599 these days. But after adding in the zoom lens (zoom capability is one of the reasons that I want to get a better camera so it wasn’t even a possibility of getting into a nice camera without picking up a zoom lens), the carrying bag, the USB cord, memory card, sales tax, warranties/service plans…I was looking at about $1000.  That’s about $110/month…too much.

I was dreaming about having a DSLR, you guys. From my Facebook:

I love my friends.

I had it bad, but I just couldn’t figure out how to make it happen. And then I found out about Best Buy’s 18-month no-interest payment plan. That I could swing. So I did.

Squeeeeee! hyperventilate…and… Squeeeee!

I was so excited! As I was checking out I thought of my blog-friend, Jana, because earlier that day we had been grousing about our point and shoot cameras. My first picture is for you, Jana!

When I got home, I did the only thing a photo-obsessed gal could do – I took pictures of everything!

My swag

Everything opened! I left a few bits and pieces out of the pic, but this is all the really exciting stuff.

The lenses, with UV filters attached. The 55-200mm has the lens hood on, which makes it look all classy and shit.

The camera body without a lens attached.

The camera all put together with the kit lens attached.

My camera has pretty specs – 14.2 megapixels, shoots 3 frames per second, has 11-point autofocus and an ISO range of 100-12800. The kit lens is an VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, my zoom lens is a VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G. I still don’t have the uber-zoom lens or a ultra low f stop that would kick ass in darker environments, but one thing at a time! I know and embrace my sweet new camera’s limitations. Well, not really, but shhh…I don’t want to hurt it’s feelings.  My camera phone is already in the corner whimpering. It’s saying “But, I…I gave you 8-megapixels! How could you do this to me!?” I still love you camera phone, and you’re still my steady for shots on the go and twitpics.  C’mere, let me give you a hug.

Sad camera is sad and needs comforting.

I may be a little giddy right now.

I’m running off to a talk by PZ Myers in Minneapolis now (could this day get any better?). After that I have to stop by Best Buy to pick up a USB cable (srsly, how is that not included in the camera kit?) and an extra battery. And this afternoon the Hubby and I are driving up to Duluth/Superior along the river.  Helllloooo test drive of new camera.



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10 Responses to “Omigod, I CAN haz camera!”

  1. leogirl1975 Says:

    You are too funny! Congrats on the new camera! Hope your camera phone doesn’t get too depressed! 🙂 LOL!

  2. Jeremy Says:

    Way to go, biodork. You made a great choice. I can’t wait to see some shots.

  3. Erin B. Says:

    Nice sis! I hope you have fun with it. There’s no way cross-country connections is starting back up. There’s no way in hell I could compete with my 8 year old point and shoot.

  4. Senja Says:

    i love this post…i can definitely sense all the giddiness! congrats on the new purchase 🙂 i’ve ALWAYS wanted a dslr…let me know how this one works out for you!!!

  5. breeze1950 Says:

    I’m fixin’ to buy a Bicycle Friday (collapses into a suitcase that can be put in airport luggage). In early March, I am making a trip to Eugene, the main store:

  6. Jana Says:


  7. Paula Says:

    Okay I was with you until you started to get all techie-geek on me. You scared me; may not get one now.

  8. Mully410 Says:

    Congratulations. You made a fine choice in the D3100. I’ll shoot with you anytime. Let me know.

  9. Maile Says:

    Awesome — congratulations on your new baby. I’m very jealous!

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