Why I bought a New Camera


I finally took the leap and replaced my twelve year old digital SLR with a brand new Nikon D7500. I had purchased a Nikon D70s when my youngest son was born so I was somewhat attached to the camera; however D70s’ flash was not working and he was suffering from traumatic brain injuries that frequently left him unable to function. He has not aged gracefully.

I had been using my iPhone for most photos, and I dreaded it when my wife would ask me to get out the “real camera.” We were also planning a trip to the Grand Canyon.

Buying a camera requires some thought. After all, everyone has a cell phone that takes perfectly good photos. I needed a camera for three reasons:

  • A real zoom and the ability to use multiple lenses. The digital zoom that is built into cell phone cameras will only go so far.
  • Dynamic range. It is difficult to properly expose bright and dark areas in an image with a cell phone camera.
  • Light sensitivity. Cell phone cameras have a small sensor that is unable to collect sufficient light in low-light  situations.

I considered newfangled cameras such as the Samsung NX1 28 MP 4K Wireless Smart Camera. The Samsung is basically a cross between a smart phone and a high-end digital camera; however I had a budget of about $1000 and the Samsung camera  at $2400 was simply too expensive. Full-frame DSLRs were also too expensive, and I could not convince myself that the larger sensor was worth the additional cost.

As a compromise between price and quality, I settled on the Nikon D7500. The reviews were good, I could use the lenses I already owned, and at $1247 it was only slightly more expensive than my targeted budget. I ordered my camera from Amazon Prime and had it the next day, with free overnight shipping.

By the way, does anybody have any recommendations on what to do with a half working Nikon D70s?



About Mark Mizen

I have over twenty years professional experience in all aspects of photography and digital imaging. I am Chair of the ISO WG5 TG2 committee responsible for physical properties and durability of imaging material and am currently with HID Global working on systems for security printing for IDs, licenses, and credit cards. Previously, I was Director of Digital Development at Creative Memories from 2009 to 2012 and was responsible for the Creative Memories digital products and services. I also established and directed the Creative Memories Technology Center, which evaluated new products prior to product introduction, assisted with production difficulties, and provided technical information to support product sales.
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1 Response to Why I bought a New Camera

  1. Cheryl says:

    Toss it, it doesn’t work. I only keep old cameras if they still work. My original Rebel dSLR still works, so I kept it. Recently my granddaughter asked if she could use it. I still have my old film Rebel too. Again it still works. Said granddaughter used it for her high school photography class.

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