Photography, and how an interest can become a passion.

I have always been interested in photography for as long as I can remember and my first camera was a Kodak Brownie 127. I even won a competition at school for a photograph I had taken of the Menai Bridge in North Wales ……but never actually got the prize, which rankles to this day!

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However, it is only in later life that my interest has turned to an obsession about taking photographs. This has somewhat tied in with the age of “digital” photography

A few years ago I bought a small “bridge” camera on the recommendation of a friend of mine, a Panasonic Lumix DZ45 and was amazed at the quality of the photos it produced. With a 24x optical zoom and more importantly a Leica lens it quickly became a best seller.

A little later I indulged myself and bought a “sexy” little red Nikon L120 coolpix at an almost giveaway price. With a Nikor lens and 21x optical zoom this became a constant companion on my trips abroad.

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Someone did ask me why I needed two bridge cameras which were very similar, to which I replied “you have to distinguish between need and want”………..and I wanted both.

Last November I decided to take the plunge and go for a digital SLR but which one?

I spent weeks researching different models (my budget was about £500.00) and visiting my local Jessops camera shop where the guy in the shop showed endless patience with me and excellent customer serviced (even after my third visit).

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Finally, I took the plunge and bought a Nikon D5100 and have been very pleased with its performance, I have had some stunning night shots. I am still getting to know all the technical capabilities of the camera but it is so easy to use and on my last trip to Lithuania in February 2013 I took some excellent shots with it.

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