Cameras

My Cameras

I have several cameras, and use 3 of them regularly. My main camera is a Nikon D3300, which I use most. In my kit I also carry a Sony Cybershot which fits nicely in a coat pocket. Of course my phone has a camera too.

Main Camera – Nikon D3300

This is an entry level DSLR, and as an inexperienced photographer who is still still exploring the hobby, it is pretty much perfect.

Cameras - Nikon D3300

My D3300 came as a kit with the body, a neck strap, and a single, basic lens – the Nikkor 18-55mm.

The D3300 has a wide range of features, and there are various effects you can explore. There is a viewfinder, which I prefer, but also an LCD screen, which is small but nice and clear and the menus and information can be customized if you feel it is too cluttered.

You can use this camera in a variety of ways from the fully automatic basic mode with either flash or no flash, through the automatic preset modes, to the fully manual functions for the experienced or adventurous!

A detailed review can be found on TechRadar.

I’ve added a 70-200mm Sigma telephoto lens to the kit, which I love for wildlife, especially gulls.

Pocket Camera – Sony Cybershot.

The Nikon D3300 can be bulky and inconvenient to carry everywhere, so a small, pocket sized camera is useful. The Sony Cybershot range is lightweight, fits in a coat pocket, and has a reasonable range of functions.

The zoom is excellent, but the Cybershot does suffer a little from camera shake at the extreme end of the zoom.

A detailed review can be found on Expert Reviews.

Phone Camera – Doogee X5

Pretty much every smart phone has a decent camera now, and most people can take a good picture. Mine does struggle with low light, indoors, and is a bit slow to capture an image. But on the plus side, it’s always in my pocket, and always available.

Vintage Camera – Box Brownie.

Ok, so I’ve never actually used this one, but it is a beauty. As a piece of engineering that is older than I am, and I am close to clocking up half a century, the mechanism is still so beautifully smooth.

One day I might pluck up the courage to get some film and try it out.

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