|Let's have a cup of coffee and think of what the New Year brings!|
More bad news: the Nikon 1 system (although great for very casual photographers), is just too underwhelming (both in terms of lenses/system as well as performance) for top-level work. Every single iteration of the J- and V- series is, in my opinion, yet another sign that the Nikon 1 series lacks a design and purpose strategy. It almost feels as if Nikon just wanted a piece of the mirrorless pie and rushed to produce some things without fully knowing what the future would bring.
But let's not talk about specs, cameras, and marketing.
Let's talk about photography instead.
You perhaps bought a little something for yourself this Christmas.
Or, you might have been given a nice photography-related gift.
The question is, how do you make good use of what you got?
You see, a bored, uninspired person with a Nikon D4s and a Zeiss Otus lens will show you (if anything at all) just that: boring pictures of his uninspired, non-existent artistic vision. A motivated, thrilled, interested-in-photography hobbyist with, say, an old Nikon D60 and the 18-55 kit lens, will show you way more engaging photos.
So, and admitting I might be repeating myself (but there is a darn good reason for it), let me emphasize this once more:
Reject the false notion that, unless you own the "latest and greatest", you are not getting the most out of your photography. A D3300 is a fine camera. The D3200 and the D3100 are also fine cameras. You know what? The D40 is also a fine camera, if that's what you have. Here's what a D40 with the 35mm f/1.8 (a combo you can nowadays find used for less than $200) can give you:
|Click to enlarge. Happy enough with the performance of the "obsolete" D40 sensor?|
Finally, Rethink your photographic priorities. This is the hardest part, especially for non-professional photographers. I know what I need to have in order to get the job done, and it's easy because I'm a portrait photographer. If somebody paid me to take, say, product photos, I would have to decline. Why? Although I have professional experience with that kind of photography, too, I do not own the tools suitable for the job, and renting the entire set for only one occasion is not profitable. Now, think of the same issue from the amateur's perspective:
Could you afford (and even if you could, would it make sense) to own every single piece of equipment (lenses, flashes, diffusers, backdrops, tripods, etc. etc.) required for all kinds of photography? You must accept your limitations. If you want to try everything, sure, go ahead and do it: But trying macros (to name an example) means you go out to the garden (or, better still, your kitchen), you use what you have (even if that is your quasi-macro kit lens), and you take pictures. If you like it, continue. If you still like it and you see ways you can improve, advance, and get more rewarding photos, go for it. But don't rush in to buy bellows, expensive macro lenses, ring flashes and what not, thinking you might want to get into macro photography.