Yesterday, after doing some research for some time, I purchased a Nikon D3100 DSLR with an 18-55mm, 55-200 mm zoom lens, battery, lens hood, and other accessories for $200 off Craigslist from an amateur photographer who has since upgraded is DSLR. The D3100 debuted 18 years ago as a 14.2-megapixel DX format DSLR Nikon F-mount camera replacing the D3000 as Nikon’s entry level DSLR. I never owned a DSLR before, but I taught myself how to shoot, develop, and print B&W film back in the 1989 – 1994 timeframe, using a Minolta XG-7 SLR. During that time, I purchased everything I needed to go from shooting to print. Outside of the enlarger, I think I still have many of the developer accessories. My favorite B&W film that I shot were Kodak Tri-X plan for general shots, and Plus-X Pan for higher ISO prints, as well as some of the Ilford B&W films. For color, the basic Kodak ISOs (Gold) and some of the Fuji film. In addition, I shot slide film also, primarily Kodachrome 25, 64, and 400.
That time frame of learning really solidified my interest in photography to the point where I started, with a close friend of mine, a small photography business called VisionQuest Photography. Lotsa fun, shooting all over DC, shooting wannabe models, etc.
From there in the mid-90s, I graduated to (and still have) a Nikon N60, with two lenses. Took a ton of great pics with that too, and uploaded many photos to my Flickr account, but then the passion died off a bit. Enter the mobile phone and the advent of mobile phone photography technology. Fast forward to the emergence of Instagram – we all now that is all about uploading your phone pics. I currently own an iPhone 7 which takes fantastic pics and I currently have about 3500 photos in my personal IG account.
After years of using Instagram and rarely using my N60, I slowly (as of recently) began to miss SLR photography. A few of you may have read my previous post regarding Flickr vs Instagram, so you know that I am heading back to posting what I consider my more serious side of photography to my new Flickr account, which will take the place of my soon-to-be deleted personal Instagram account. I hope you’ll enjoy the resurgence of my photography there. In there near future, after I come up to speed with the D3100, I’ll be blogging about the photos with links to my Flickr gallery. This camera, I’m sure, will get the job done nicely.
Way past my bedtime….
Thanks for the read!