Frustrated

by Marylin “Softthistle” Muir on August 4, 2010

I love photography.

I love photoshop.

I love taking photos.

But in the last month or so I’ve been getting more and more frustrated with my camera, my first DSLR, a Nikon D60.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s been a great camera to learn with.

I’ve taken some of my favourite photos with it.

Thing is, now I want more.

I want to be able to take decent photos in low light without stupid amounts of noise.

I want to be able to use more than the three focus points that are available to me.

I want to have a camera that has the autofocus motor in the actual body, instead of having to lust after AF-S lenses that I can’t afford, and having to attempt to focus manually with my precious 50mm 1.8 when I’m trying to take shots of, well, anything.

I am stuck, basically, with the 18-55mm kit lens I have, as it’s the only one with auto focus in the lens.

It’s driving me BATTY.

I have been lusting after the beautiful sexy does-everything-I-need-in-a-camera Nikon D90 for well over a year now.

I may be in a position to buy one in the new year.

But there are so many other things we could do with that money instead, so I’m torn.

I have finally started to accept that I AM good enough at photography that I could actually do something with it, but with the camera I have, I am stuck.

I want to take photos of my boys running around enjoying themselves and actually be able to get them in FOCUS without having about 50 photos of them out of focus. All cause I bought the wrong 50mm lens. To be fair, it’s the only lens I could afford to buy, and I have still had some amazing shot with it.

I’m now at a stage where I feel like I really *need* an upgrade to my camera body to be able to get past the level I’m at now.

What do I do?

Should I save the windfall I’m going to get in the next few months and go for it, to be able to enjoy getting my camera out again?

Or should I stick with what I have?

I’ve stopped enjoying going out with my camera now.

I can get my exposure sorted. I know how to technically and artistically take some beautiful shots.

I’m just… stuck.

And Frustrated with a capital F.

I guess I just wanted to get this out there.

Time will tell whether or not I can afford to get my lusted after D90.

I am hoping that I can.

I just need to persuade D that it’s a good idea.

I hope maybe this post might help explain it to him…

{ 34 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi August 4, 2010 at 1:37 pm

Like you, I started with the D60. I loved it, and wouldn’t have traded it for the world, but I too began to get frustrated with everything you mentioned…especially the lack of compatibility with many of Nikkor’s fantastic lenses because of not having the autofocus motor. So, I upgraded, kind of. I purchased a used D80 body (the older version of the D90). I got it for half of what I would have spent on a D90 body and it gives me the ability to explore and invest in good glass until I am finally able to really upgrade to the full-frame D700 (or the current version when the time comes).

Just something to think about, but if you can find a used body from a reputable seller, it might be a good option for you to consider. ;o)

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Adam August 4, 2010 at 2:14 pm

The grass, it is always greener. :-)

I suspect (and I could be wrong) that you’d actually be better investing in better glass, at this point – faster lenses would probably go a long way towards resolving some of these issues.

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Marylin August 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm

they would, but the glass i have is good, it’s just that it’s not got the AF-S motor in it, which would be solved by getting a camera such as the D90 which *does* have that motor in the camera.

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Marylin August 4, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I have been thinking about that, but I think I would be much more relaxed about buying such an expensive item from a reputable seller, rather than what could be hit or miss on ebay.
I’m glad I’m not the only one who has been frustrated after a point with the D60! It’s a great starter camera, but does have it’s limits.

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Heidi August 4, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Absolutely buy from a reputable seller. I bought my used body from Adorama and their rating system was right on point with what I received. It came with everything that a new one would have, and it looked as though it had hardly been used. I personally would never buy anything camera related from Ebay because it’s such an unknown. ;o)

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lauren August 4, 2010 at 4:21 pm

I also started out with the D60 and QUICKLY became frustrated with it for the same reasons you are. I upgraded to the D90 and yesterday to the D700. Another poster suggested grabbing a used D80 body and I Think that would be a great compromise. I was torn between the D80 and the D90 when I did my first upgrade. Sell the D60 with the kit lens and use that $$ to buy a used D80 or used D90 body only as you already have the 50mm. Good luck!

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Christie August 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Oh I so understand how you feel, I just upgraded from a Rebel XTI to a D90 – switched brands and everything! The body of the D90 keeps coming down (I got mine for $775 Cdn) and I hear that is because it’s successor may be out soon.

I sold a bunch of stuff to get my D90 – my XTI, my 50mm 1.8 lens, my Kindle, my video camera (because the d90 has video). Do you have anything you can sell to put more money towards the new camera?

I of course long for a D700 with it’s low noise capabilities, but that won’t be in my future for a while! I think I will be a-OK with the d90 and a speedlight for quite some time.

I understand how you feel, my XTI was holding me back too. I hope your fiance reads these comments and realizes how important upgrading is to you and your art. It is no fun using tools that are frustrating …

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Kelli August 4, 2010 at 4:35 pm

I have been down this road, albeit a Canon road. It’s a lonely place to be when what you reall need to up your game is just outside reach. What worked well for me was to do a whirlwind tour of our house, gathering all things that we could sell on Craig’s List and put it towards a new camera. And then also sell my older camera as well. I’ve sold two cameras twice on Craig’s List and it’s been great! I’ve also made over $1000 selling kids toys, furniture, and random other household goods on Craig’s List (older iPhone, old Nintendo DS, older TVs, DVDs, VCRs, computers, monitors, etc.). And then put all your freshly earned cash in an envelope and save, save, save! Good luck!

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frogpondsrock August 4, 2010 at 8:41 pm

Buy the D90. Those industrial photos you took were fantastic. You have a good eye Marylin.
But I understand how you are feeling. My camera and 2 lenses are worth more than my car. I am still working out the D90 but I LOVE it.

I agree with the other comments. Sell the D60. Sell all the assorted crap in the house you don’t need and BUY THE D90.

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Marylin August 4, 2010 at 11:48 pm

Thanks Lauren, glad to know It’s “normal” to outgrow the D60 after a while, it makes me feel less guilty about getting an upgrade! lol :)

I will be selling my D60 with the kit lens, so that’ll get me about a 3rd of the money back that I spend on the D90.

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Marylin August 4, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Thank you for commenting Christie, I’m feeling more confident about making the decision to upgrade. My lovely fiance has agreed that I can get it, so I just need to wait 2/3 weeks until the finances are in the right places! lol :)

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Marylin August 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Thanks Kelli, I think I need to do a whip around my house in the next few days! lol :)

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Marylin August 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm

Well, since you insisted, I guess I’ll have to! ;)

Just waiting till the end of the month when finances will be in the right places. :D x

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Krissa August 5, 2010 at 12:29 am

Oh, I feel your pain! All I can do is suggest that you shop around on ebay. You never know when you’ll find a great deal and since you know exactly what you’re looking for it makes it easy to find matches. Or not!

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Veronica August 5, 2010 at 7:56 am

Go for it. It will kill you when you first fork over the money, and you’ll probably worry about it, but it will be the best thing you ever do. I’ve seen your photos and you NEED a D90 to take it that step further.

DOoooooo it.

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jfb57 August 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

If you can I think you should go for the new one & then really explore what you can do with photography. There’s a whole world out there to look at your work!

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Marylin August 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

I’m just a lil wary of Ebay when it comes to spending *that* amount of money, you know? :) x

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Marylin August 5, 2010 at 11:14 am

I knew you’d tell me to get it! Thanks for the support! hehe :) x

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Marylin August 5, 2010 at 11:15 am

That’s the idea! Thanks Julia. :) x

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MrsW August 5, 2010 at 7:50 pm

I’ve had a D90 on holiday with me for the past month and I’ve really not enjoyed it at all… I doubt I would buy one now. Funny innit? Not sure if I want a D700 either tbh, I’ve felt the weight of it. I want to play with Lensbaby lenses but they won’t auto expose on a D90. I dunno what I want anymore! I’ll probably wait and see what the replace the D90 with since for now I get better photos with my D40X.

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Marylin August 5, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Aye, whereas after using the D90 for just one afternoon, I saw the difference in the photos I was taking! Just one freakin afternoon! I was wondering about waiting till the newer version came out, but I reckon it’ll be more expensive than I can afford, and really, the D90 does everything I’m looking for in a camera anyway. :)

Maybe we can meet up once the boys are at school full time… I could see that being fun! With Max in tow… my lil smiles-as-soon-as-a-camera-is-pointed-at-him man. :D

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Farmers Wifey August 6, 2010 at 12:36 pm

I think you should totally get what you want…..if you enjoy something and are good at it, why not have the best…..cmon, you know you want to!!!!!

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Kristy August 6, 2010 at 4:26 pm
Marylin August 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

I definitely do! Just need to make sure that it doesn’t leave us completely skint afterwards! lol :)

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Marylin August 7, 2010 at 11:39 am

Very very true! :) x

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Jeanette August 7, 2010 at 9:20 pm

I understand those feelings so very well!! I want to upgrade my body too, but it’s just so very expensive to do. I like the Craigslist idea!

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Kate @ UpsideBackwards August 7, 2010 at 10:02 pm

I don’t know anything at all about cameras. But this sounds like it is very important to you. Are the other things you would spend the money on as important as this? Will they make you that much happier? I’m not advocating dipping below the breadline, of course! Just looking really hard at the implications, and rejecting guilt at spending money on yourself (aren’t we mothers all the same when it comes to that?!).
Best of luck with the decision.

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Marylin August 8, 2010 at 11:16 am

We will get there eventually! :)

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Marylin August 8, 2010 at 11:18 am

There’s nothing that would make me happier with that money than getting a D90… so it’s really just a case of waiting till we have the right amount I guess!
I may wait till after christmas just to make sure that I havent left us short, but it looks like getting a D90 is deffo on the cards! :)

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@jencull August 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Great motto there ‘a happy wife is a happy life@ :) Maybe you are due an engagement present????? I hope you get it, sounds like it would really help :) Jen

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Marylin August 9, 2010 at 11:52 am

LOL Dean thought the rings were enough of a present! ;) I’m thinking this may be a Christmas/Birthday present for the next year or two. hehe x

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sally August 10, 2010 at 8:53 pm

I have the D80 and its frustrating the pants off me,the D90 is way ahead,go for the D90 and bypass the D80 its very sluggish in my opinion
I am trading mine but am jumping ship to a cannon,think they are better at this level!!
I only think they match up when you are spending serious money,that sadly I dont have
I have a few lenses so if I dont get a deal with my trade in then I will let you know what I have going spare

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Marylin August 11, 2010 at 10:01 am

Oh that’d be awesome. I will keep you posted, although not getting the D90 for a couple of months yet. It’s my christmas pressie in a major way! LOL

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