I'm so jacked about having a full-frame DSLR with full-frame glass, I cannot contain myself! I never thought I'd actually own one, ever! But, after a few years of waiting, it finally paid off. It's kind of like buying a luxury car, at least for us.. First you start with a "reasonably priced car" (as they would say on Top Gear) and then trade or sell for one that's a little nicer and then trade or sell that one for one a little nicer, and so on and so on. After doing that for a few times, you can finally have the car, or in my case camera, that you want. I started with a Nikon D90 (reasonably priced), then went to a Nikon D300s (a little nicer) and now I have a Nikon D700 (luxury - for me anyway)! Granted, I bought it used, but it's still awesome! Then, I sold my lenses (glass in photographer geek-speak) on ebay and used that money for new full-frame glass. Now I'm in full-frame nirvana! It handles noise so much better than my old cameras and it's just a better camera all around. From the buffer size and speed to the size of the viewfinder, it's just great! There are only a couple of things that my old cameras had that this one doesn't.. The D700 only has one memory card slot. My D300s had a CF and an SD card slot so you could really pack in the pics. The other thing my old cameras had that this one doesn't is a button for live view. The D700 has live view, but it's on the select dial on the top and it's not really easy to get to. I wish I could change one of the other buttons for this. I know you can change the function button, but I have that set for bracketing as most of the shots I take need to be bracketed. If only there was another button.. Oh well. Overall I'm ecstatic!
Finally Back To Weird
Since all of my glass finally arrived, I was just itching to get out there and get some HDRs with the new camera. So, on my way to work Friday morning, I stopped on South Congress Ave in Austin and took a few shots. The conditions weren't the best as it was very drizzly out there, but I got several shots anyway. This is a shot of Doc's Bar and Grill.
The last couple of weeks, Austin hosted the big South By Southwest (SXSW) music/film/tech festival. Now that it has wrapped, I think the people at Doc's are happy. You see Austin has this saying, "Keep Austin Weird" which is pretty much "normal" for Austinites, and I guess Doc's is happy that things are getting back to "normal". The other side of the same sign says, "S Bye SW". That was my other clue. :-) To be honest, I'm glad it's over as well.
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