Monday This & That

There are several totally different topics in this post so you might want to read all the way down to the bottom . . even if you don’t care about my new camera (just don’t tell me you don’t care about it, ok?)

The decision has been made and the camera has been ordered and I’m very happy with my decision.  I went with the Nikon D40.


There was a time when I wondered what life would be like without the internet.  Now I wonder what life would be like without my friends in blogland.  I can always count on honest opinions and help from readers.  I get as many e-mails as I do comments left on the blog and yesterday I got a very nice e-mail from Bobbie who offered some information passed along by her husband who knows a whole lot about cameras.  And, he was born in Lake Charles!  How could I not take his advice??  I had already found Ken Rockwell’s site but Walt (Mr. Bobbie) also recommended that site.  Anyone who is dabbling in photography should go read Ken Rockwell’s site.  There’s fantastic info there . . and lots of it!

From what I had already read and from talking to people who use the D40, I was pretty sure that’s what I wanted but then there’s the D40x, the D60, the D80.  I had narrowed it down to the D40 and the D80 but there were several things about the D80 that just didn’t excite me like the D40 does.

I ordered the camera which came as a kit with these two lenses:  18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and a 55mm-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR.  I know what none of that means!  I also got this:


So, that’s done.  Now I just have to sit on the front steps and wait for the UPS man.

Whew . . glad to have that out of the way.  I can get back to quilting!

You have spoken and I will post the directions for the setting, borders and all on the BOM star quilt.

Well my goodness . . where has my morning gone?  Vince will be here for lunch very soon (like in 10 minutes) and the food isn’t hot yet.  Bad wife!!  I’ll post more this afternoon about the BOM.


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    Judy, congratulations on the new camera! A digital SLR is a wonderful tool to have. While I’m a Canon girl, I think you’ll be absolutely delighted with your choice, it’s the lenses that will make the biggest difference in your experience anyway, not the camera so much.

    If you’re going to be doing a lot of low light shooting (indoor photography) you might want to pick up a faster lens, something with an f-stop of 2.8 or faster… 1.8 would be fantastic!