The good or bad news is that I have plateaued. I am not going through cameras at a fast rate anymore. Plus, following the acquisition of my Google Pixel 2 for Christmas 2017 I no longer feel the need to have two cameras — a big one and a compact. The Google Pixel is my 2nd camera. So, just need one full-frame camera at any one time.
I kept my Sony a7 II for 690-days and took 30,455 pictures with it. I also kept the mega-zoom Nikon P900 around for long time but did not use it much after the first 9 months or so. The zoom was nice but I had become fond of BIG sensors.
Getting to know my new, 3-week old, Canon EOS RP. Need a couple more lenses. Plan is to keep it for at least a year, if not more. It seems pretty capable. Goal is to hang onto the lenses. That is why I went (bcak) to Canon.
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This is one heck of a camera!
I am very impressed with it. I am very fond of it.
I love using it.
Amazingly easy (and forgiving) camera to use.
Despite not having a control wheel and only one ‘Fn’ button, you can set it up for a shoot,
ONCE you have assigned ‘White Balance‘ to the ‘Fn’ just going, click, click, click, click.
I picked up this Nikon P900, from Best Buy, on Sunday, August 28, 2016. I did not start using it until the next day. Thus, today, nominally is the ‘1 month’ anniversary (though I know that stictly speaking it is 1 month & 1 day).
The last picture I took today, September 29, in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, around 3pm, has a serial number 4,058. And over the course of the month I might have deleted 40 pictures or so. Basically not many. This camera takes ‘KEEPERS’.
4,000 in a MONTH is the most I have shot with any of my dozen or so cameras over the last 2 years.
When I shot 2,500 in the first month with my now relegated (i.e., traded-in) Fuji X-E2s, I thought that was a lot. Well I have taken 60% more pictures with the P900 — and I wasn’t trying. If I am to be frank over the last week, I have been so busy, that I didn’t have much time to use the camera.
Yes, I am fully aware (and sometimes conscious) that it is a 16MP 1/2.3″ sensor and the few prints I have had does show that — though they are not bad. But the images, as you have seen, over the last month, are just great for Web use, even when reduced to 1600×1200.
Well, I am so happy with this camera that I am going to take my time deciding on the next camera. Plus I am writing another QUICK “Brain Meditation” book.
Plus, I will not get rid of this P900. I am going to keep it. Yes, I might end up with 3 or 4 cameras BUT the P900 is staying,
I definitely recommend it — HIGHLY.
A great, wonderful camera for an intermediate ameteur.
Images from the range 3,945 to 3,999.
For reasons that totally escape me Nikon does NOT provide a standalone battery charger with the Nikon P900. Yes, the P900 has an internal battery for its clock but that alone is not a good enough reason not to skim on a $4 charger.
I have never liked charging batteries INSIDE the camera. It is so limiting in that you can’t use the camera while the battery is being charged.
Given my penchant for taking upwards of 900 pictures on some days I can easily go through 3 charged batteries within 8 to 12 hours. So I tend to carry 3 to 4 charged batteries on me.
So, yes, I got chargers for the Nikon P900 even BEFORE I picked up the camera — and yes, that was in the plural.
I had never had one of these DUAL chargers and they make SO MUCH sense for me given the batteries I have to charge. Being USB only is not an issue since I have USB charging stations all over the house! So why do I need two chargers? One to go in the camera bag — of course.
Up until I got my now traded-in Fuji X-E2s, in May 2016, I used to be “Wasabi” only when it came to extra camera batteries. Then, with the Fuji, I saw posts for the “DOT-o1” batteries, with extra “charge”, on Amazon. There prices were good. I got a set of 3 for the Fuji and they did fine. No problems. Though I never counted the shots I think they gave me more shots per battery. Worst case, they were no different to the original Fuji battery or the two “Wasabi” batteries that I also bought.
With the Nikon P900 I did NOT bother getting any “Wasabi”. Just ordered the four “DOT-01” batteries. I have already used two of them. No issues.
So, for now, I have to say that the “dual charger” and the “DOT-01” batteries work just fine with the Nikon P900.
I have to confess with a modicum of embarrassment and, of course, some amusement, that deciding to buy a Nikon D500 was probably the HARDEST decision I have ever made in my life!
I appreciate that I have entered into marriage, filed for divorce and even refused to have kids because I felt I was ‘too young’ with considerably less thought and deliberation. Yes, two keywords that clearly defined much of my life have been ‘impulsive’ and ‘impetuous’. I am sure that getting older, and I will be 63 soon, had to have played a role — but I don’t think that that was all of it.
And, fortunately, it hasn’t to do with the cost either. Despite what some of you may think I am very careful and conservative when it comes to matters fiscal. I live within my means and budget. Way back, nine months ago, I had budgeted for the Fuji X-T1 successor (i.e., the X-T2) and had been forced to be somewhat generous as I had no idea as to whether Fuji planned to mark it up well above that of the X-T1. So budget wise I am OK. SMILE. So the agonizing, over the last 2 weeks, was not about the costs either.
As some of you know I rented a Nikon D500, with a Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 zoom lens, from LensRental, for 8 days (one week rental + one day complimentary). I would like to say that I fell in love with the D500 during that week. Not so.
I did not, at any stage, come anywhere close to loving the Nikon D500.
And hence the real horns of the dilemma.
I do NOT even LIKE the Nikon D500!
Yep, you read that right. So, I am going to buy an expensive camera that I do not like. Yes, that is it. And hence the soul-searching. Like an arranged marriage.
Why would I, even given my propensity for ‘craziness’, do something as crazy, if NOT outright stupid, as that.
Because during the last 3 days with the Nikon D500 I came to RESPECT it.
Over the decades I have come to realize that respecting someone or something is more important than liking that someone or something.
Let me show you.
I was lucky enough to be able to take pictures of Mystic Aquarium (in Connecticut), on consecutive days, first with the D500 (on August 17, 2016) and the next day with my now erstwhile Fuji X-E2s. I made sure I took the same subjects from the same vantage points. So have a look.
Nikon D500 on the left, Fuji X-E2s with the kit 18-55 lens on the right.
Yes, a more proficient photographer than I probably could have got better pictures from the X-E2s. I probably could have too, if I took more time. That is not my style. I like to shoot quick.
Yes, many will complain that the D500/Tamron is over 2.5x times the cost of the Fuji X-E2s. That is true. But my D500 is NOT a replacement for the X-E2s. I am getting a Nikon P900 to replace the X-E2s. The D500 is instead of the new Fuji X-T2.
And then there were these three pictures — all taken in and around Mystic.
The first picture, taken at “Foxwoods“, when Teischan and I went there for dinner was the clincher.
I, as you know, take a LOT of concert pictures. I took this one, point-and-shoot using 300mm. I already had ISO at 8,000. So didn’t touch that. Cranked up exposure compensation ‘plus tow notches’ and shot — handheld. And I had so much more ISO left. I then realized that this was a camera to contend with.
Very personal. My camera. A LOT has to do with lenses and my shooting style. The 18-55mm was the ONLY Fuji lens that I liked — and 55mm, top end, was way too short for me. 300mm, like above, suits me. And then there is my style. I am basically a ‘point-and-shoot’ photographer who likes sophisticated cameras that give me lots of bells and whistles. Yes, I play around with ISO, exposure and White Balance. But once set for a ‘location’ I will shoot away without stopping to fiddle too much — bar checking exposure. Hence why the D500, in the end, came through.
All this said, I am not getting the D500 right now. Probably not in September. First need to get my “Brain Meditation” book published. I then want to spend at least two weeks reading up the D500 documentation and boning up on it. So, most likely order it in early October. Till then I will have the Nikon P900 to keep me amused and to provide you, with a a minimum, the “6 Images of the Day”.
OK? Yes, of course, I will keep you posted.
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Yes, I know there are at least 3 working digital cameras in the house NOT counting all the pads and phones. But none of those cameras are mine.
Yes, of course, I could have avoided this. But it was intentional. I wanted 4-5 days WITHOUT a camera. A kind of decompression, reset mindset time.
The current plan is to order a Nikon P900, as my ‘compact’, early next week.
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That is it!
Card is out. Battery is out.
It will be packed in its original box
to be returned to Amazon.
Herein ends my abortive attempt
to fall in love with Fujifilm.
Nikon here I come!