I Ran My Nikon D40 into the Ground... Literally!
D40 really did do an amazing job while I ventured from just taking pictures of my family, to building a portfolio and then on to doing photo shoots for clients. I guess I used the little guy more than he probably was intended for and his motor finally gave out. (you can stop laughing now).
I discovered the little guy was not working when my 50 mm 1.4 would not auto focus, so I took D40 in to find out if I had just switched a button or something. It just had to be an easy fix, right? It was then that I received the sad news that my poor camera, D40 had been used to his capacity. I could interject several funny jokes, but I will spare you the husband correlation to this story. (I'm cracking up, this could be really good... Ya, I know you are thinking the same thing). D40 now adorns my end table in my office as an oversized paperweight and he will once again be my most trusted companion as I share his life story with the attendee's at my workshops. I will look upon him as my most trusted companion in the beginnings of starting my journey with photography (Another tear and a sigh).
Now I will be the first to say and to agree that there comes a time when you outgrow a camera and the need to upgrade is evident, but I can say this, I do not regret the time I held out before upgrading my DSLR for various reasons.
1. I was just starting out in the photography arena and everything was rather intimidating, including having to learn the proper use of a camera.
2. I did not have the funds to even think about upgrading. $400.00 was a big chink of change for me two years ago.
3. I was smart enough to know that this camera would be the perfect model to learn on and I was going to be just fine. You can't judge a book by it's cover.
4. I learned early on in my life to be grateful for what you have and to set goals to achieve what it is you want.
With the end of life for my D40, my chance had come to upgrade as I truly had outgrown my most trusted companion (there is that joke again) Hee hee.
Today, I purchased a brand new Nikon D7000 and I have to tell you that I cannot wait until Tuesday! It will be great to get back to shooting again! I have wasted no time getting to know my new companion, watching every video I can to know him before he arrives, (my head is spinning with these crazy jokes, make them stop).
Friday hot shots will be posted when my new camera arrives and I can get them done. Thanks for hanging in there with me. Because of all of you and my new camera I would not be blessed to have the BEST job in the world!