I hate the camera I bought two years ago. Is there any way to like it?
February 17, 2013 6:44 AM Subscribe
I bought a Nikon D90 with the 50-105mm/f3.5 kit lens and a 55mm/f1.8 fixed lens. I liked it at first, but now I hate it. Is there any way now to like it even a little bit?
posted by smallerdemon to sports, hobbies, & recreation (14 answers total)
I purchased the Nikon D90 back in March of 2011. I was very excited about it, but after two years, I pretty much hate the thing. I haven't taken a picture with it now since September. I bought it to take pictures of my daughter, but it's got some terrible and obvious drawbacks. The first being lack of portability. Yep, my own fault entirely, I know. I should have thought through that for the long term, but at this point it's too late to really beat myself up over it. But it's heavy. Heavy enough to actually exacerbate some back problems. Other issues: The kit lens mount is plastic and flimsy and I broke withing a year and I had to pay $75 to get it fixed since Nikon considered it "impact damage". I also knocked it off the counter recently (in September) and it still works fine and takes good pictures, but the LCD has horizontal white streaking now. It doesn't impact the functionality, but it is a reminder of both my own clumsiness with it and feels like another albatross attached to me and the camera.
I've thought about selling it, of course, but given the streaking on the LCD now I think that might really kill the resale value.
I've thought about bucking up, keeping it and just getting myself a micro four-thirds format camera or a Sony NEX and use the DSLR D90 for more project related photos and use the smaller one for more on the go pictures.
Is there any way in the world for me to like this camera again? What can I do to actually use it to take pictures given the weight issue (and time issues - I work full time on the weekdays and am the full time in charge parent of a 4.5 year old on the weekends)? Should I just chalk this one up in the lessons learned column?