Dear Amateur Nikon,
I decided to write you this message after I read the article over at Nikonrumors.com about the upcoming D9300 (the long-awaited D400 - D300s replacement). No, actually, I decided to write this message after I read the user comments regarding this upcoming Nikon model. I'm sure you must've read the article yourself, and perhaps the comments too, so you know what I'm referring to.
Well, I'm not very good with words, but I feel I have to express myself somehow. I am a student of environmental engineering, working part-time as a waiter. I don't have much money. In fact, I barely make ends meet every month. But I love photography. I have a Nikon D40 and the 18-55 that came with it - both bought used about two years ago. I've been dreaming about new camera and a new lens - not even sure why, I guess because I was "supposed to". But I just can't afford anything right now, not for the next couple of years at the very least. In fact, many times I came close to selling what I have - the only thing that stopped me was that the little money I would get off that would disappear instantly - and I'd be without a camera.
Well, anyway, I was talking about the comments... People fighting over the rumored camera name. People fighting over its video specs..The immaturity of the comments shocked me. "Either it's 4k video or goodbye Nikon"...."Too little too late, I'm sticking with my D800 and my D4"..I just couldn't believe my eyes, these were people who had equipment worth $10.000 (and more, considering what kinds of lenses they surely own) and they were fighting like kids at the kindergarten over whose toy truck is better-looking. These must be grown men and women, with important jobs, and families.
I feel so much better, I must tell you. Reading those comments made me realize how lucky I am not to be able to even think about a new camera. This way I can focus on my technique. Sure, a 35mm f/1.8 would be great - and maybe I can get it at some point - but I can get great photos as it is, I don't need anything else right now. I'm 21 years old, but I've seen enough life to know what's worth worrying about and what's not. Worrying over a camera's 4k video is NOT one of my priorities.
Anyway, sorry about the long comment and my English - my native language is Russian. You don't have to publish my comment, it'd be enough if you read it. And keep up the good work. I like your no-nonsense approach to photography.
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I did something better than simply publishing your comment: I turned it into today's article. It made a heck of a lot of sense to me, and I'm sure plenty of people can relate to your story. Thank you for your kind words, and keep taking photos that you enjoy - it's not about the camera or the lens, it's about the person behind them.
Here's a photo taken with my 18-55 and a $5 slave flash. You really don't need much money to get great photos. You need vision.