Oh hi! Don’t run away! I’m not going to yell at you today about work performance, I promise :) Today was a tad better, and it’s Friday, and my man is takin’ me on a date to see the new Justin Timberlake movie tonight! (Hush… I know it didn’t get good reviews, but it’s JT! And sci-fi! And I eat that up!)
But how about that photo up there, eh? That’s my “old” camera. The camera that I have been shooting with for the past… um… forever with (actually the last 2 years). Here’s the thing, I’m kinda hard on camera (see the scuffs?). I mean, I take really good care of it, but I’m shooting anywhere between 40 and 2500 photos every single day right now, and that’s a lot of wear and tear. Like, see that rubber flap on the right? That used to seal up the side of the camera… until I shot a super hot and humid show at First Ave this summer and the rubber piece swelled up and never fit back in. Also? My screen in the back took on a blue tint, and it’s really hard for me to judge my white balance with that sort of issue.
So I figured it was time for a replacement. Well, that’s not really true. Let’s be honest, eh? I’ve been waiting for Nikon to release the D800 since last February. With all the weddings I’m shooting, I really wanted to upgrade to the 800 and use my 700 as a backup camera. But natural disaster after natural disaster in Asia has shut down several Nikon factories, and I just reached a point where I couldn’t wait any more. (That point was the odd slow clicking that the mirror in my camera started making). Oh, and should anyone from Nikon be reading this? How ’bout a factory in CANADA?! Nothing ever really happens there! And the equipment would ship to me faster. Everybody wins.
But back to my saga. I ended up getting a new D700 this week, and it’s pretty and shiny and the photos are lovely when I look at the LCD screen in back. I will now aim to repair the old one and then I’ll be set. But the real moral of the story is that when you spend this much money on a new camera (no, I won’t tell you how much, if you are that curious you can google it) and you’re not even excited about the new toy, but rather like “cool, this will work better.” That’s when you know that you’re no longer a hobby photographer, and you really are a working pro.
Either that or you had a rough week at work.