New Year, New Body, New D7100

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This new year is going to be a great one for me in the world of photography. I’m journeying outside of my home of Austin, TX to shoot a lot more of the United States, but I decided beforehand I would need a change.  After several months of debate I decided to take that leap once again and bought a new body.  After reading countless reviews, forum posts, and watching youtube video after video I decided on a Nikon D7100.  Even though it is a few years old it hit all my requirements over the Sony A6000.

The first point being I have been a Nikon shooter since the D40 days and I have too much invested gear wise into Nikon lenses to just up and go to another brand.  I do love quite a few things about the small and easy to shoot Sony, but the expense going into the camera and buy the lenses I wanted was just going to be too great of a cost.  I ran across a great deal on a refurbished body that seemed to only make sense at the time.

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I have to say that I am more than pleased with my Nikon D7100. The camera is quick and has a great dynamic range.  While I still haven’t gotten the hang of everything on the camera just yet I would like to say that I am coming along after a few weeks of use.

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Rekindled love of 35mm

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20130601-PICT0079-25When I first started shooting photos I learned on film and slowly was moved into digital when I began taking photography courses in college. I always felt like it was a money game that was hard to get into unless you had a regular line of credit and an even more readily available line of clients ready to pay.

I threw around the idea of developing film at home a few times over the last few years after getting burned out on photography. There was over a year after moving to Austin where I had very little desire to pick up a camera. I didn’t want to even pursue it in this very saturated market. For the next few years I opened my fridge and saw a bulk roll of Kodak Tri X 400 black and white staring at me.
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I one day decided to dust off my bulk roller, and take out a few cameras.  It wasn’t that I didn’t have development tanks, reels, a loader, or the time.  I just didn’t have the passion.  After rolling a few rolls and popping them into my trusty Vivitar 400SL, Yashica 5000, and my cheesy Lomography Fish Eye I was hooked again.  I’m in love with film again and I guess the best part about it is that I can finally afford to shoot it when I’m processing it at home.