Finally, a significant upgrade from my Olympus FE-100 cheapo point-and-shoot.
I am the proud new owner of a Nikon D80, lens included (Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm). Price: Php 28,000 (or around $580).
That’s a sizeable discount from the price at Wikipedia: “Its current price is $600 for the body only or $800 with the Zoom-Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135 mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED kit lens.”
I bought this baby in October or late September from a writer-photographer friend of mine. It’s second-hand but almost new at just four months.
Disclaimer: I never dreamt of being a photographer, much more a professional one. The visual arts were never my forte. (Literary arts are an entirely different matter.) However, I wasn’t able to resist the allure of the camera’s selling price, and there’s nothing to lose but everything to gain if I tried my hand at photography.
The camera also arrives at an opportune time — I’ve been attending/holding lit events like crazy these past months, and I sure need something to document them and document them well.
The following are my first shots since buying the Nikon D80. Pardon the evident lack of skill — these are beginner’s shots after all, hehe. I haven’t had much time to practice and read the manual due to the onslaught of lit/art events.
In front of our apartment along Cordillera Street, Galas, Quezon City.
The view from Dampa, Diosdado Macapagal Avenue, Manila Bay.