New Camera – Nikon D5100

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I was so excited I didn’t realize it was upside down – oops!

We did it!!  Hubby and I went out on our day off and purchased the Nikon D5100.   I was really hoping to save for the D7000, but it was just not feasible at this time with baby on the way.  I know that I love the feel of Nikon so the D5100 was the way to go, and I couldn’t be happier. Definitely money well spent!  As of now we only purchased the camera with the stock lens this way we learn the camera before spending even more money on lenses.  I do know what lenses I want.  I hope to have them before baby comes, or at least one of them.  It comes with a 18-55mm kit lens.  In time we hope to get the 50mm f/1.8 D, 35 mm f/1.8 G, 85mm 1.8 G, and 40 mm 2.8.  I’m sure we’ll want more, but for what I need the camera for those are great lenses from portrait to macro.  Perfect for baby pictures, family pictures, and of course my blog.  I have to admit I couldn’t really bake/cook and snap pictures with my broken point and shoot, which is why my posting on that topic has dwindled.  Get ready for some food my friends :)

New Camera Nikon D5100

I purchased my camera at a store instead of online.  I was highly recommended to go to the Bergen County Camera store awhile back and I’m so glad I remembered!  They are extremely helpful!  Unfortunately when we went to purchase the camera I was having intense ligament pains and just couldn’t stand too long, so they explained how to use it quickly.  I came home and couldn’t get that picture I was looking for.  It was looking more like a point and shoot quality.  I made a quick phone call to the camera store and a very helpful sales associate walked me through it!  First off I had it on auto and I don’t want auto.  He walked me through the aperture and ISO.  Thankfully I adjusted ISO before so I’m familiar with that, just not the aperture.  He then told me to be sure to come in when I’m feeling better so they could really show me everything.  Like I said, definitely worth the extra money and I have a sense of security knowing I can get my questions answered unlike online purchases.

New Camera Nikon D5100

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Now I just need to get a camera purse.  At first hubby thought why in the world wouldn’t I get a professional camera bag?  Then I showed him some bags I liked, and he agreed that it was nice for me to carry around.  I’m infatuated with the Lola bag by Epiphanie.  Right now they are out of the turquoise so I hope it comes back in stock soon!!  If not I’m really liking the black with it’s pink interior! I want them all…  Their bags are so gorgeous, and the colors are beautiful!  What I find odd is how picky I am with purses.  Heck I don’t even like my own purse this much.  I wish they made them for everyday use.  Or I could just always carry my camera around!  This will be perfect when I want to bring my camera around especially since it has enough room for things aside from my camera and lenses.  They also make bigger ones that carry more, but I don’t think I’d need all that room – yet!  Do you have a camera purse?  Would love to hear what you use to bring your camera around.
New Camera Nikon D5100

Off topic, but don’t you just love my cupcake timer?  My mother in law bought it for me when we vacationed in Wildwood last summer :)

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Family, Food, and Photography are Courtney's passions and you'll see all of that on this blog.She married Chris in summer of 2008 and they had Sweet Baby summer of 2012.Sweet Baby has a rare food allergy called FPIES, which Courtney discusses frequently.She also loves to do car reviews, so check those out too!
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27 Responses to “New Camera – Nikon D5100”

  1. #
    Terra — February 26, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    Yay!!!! Isn’t exciting to have a new toy? You will be so happy that you got it with your new addition almost here:-) Have fun! Hugs, Terra


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    Double Duty Mommy — February 26, 2012 @ 9:54 pm

    I definitely need a good camera for my blog. I am noticing my pictures looking horrible compared to other blogs :(

    and I LOVE that timer


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    My name is Momma — February 26, 2012 @ 10:02 pm

    Ooooh Nice!


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    April Decheine — February 26, 2012 @ 10:22 pm

    Awesome, I am way to much of a researcher,been researching for a camera longer than I have wanted one! Look forward to your pixs :-)


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    Cat Davis — February 27, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    I can see you’re already in love with it. I’m embarrassed to admit, I almost always still shoot in auto or the no-flash/auto … I’ve read and read about ISO and stuff but it’s just not clicking with me.


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    Courtney — February 27, 2012 @ 12:50 am

    Cat, thankfully I never used my P&S in auto so I kind of knew how to use manual it’s just that the p&s didn’t have aperature settings. I cannot wait to go back and really learn all the details :) I wasn’t getting good pictures with the 18-55mm in auto. I think when you use manual you really get the best from the camera/lens you’re using. I love your pictures and couldn’t even tell a difference! :)


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    Laurie — February 27, 2012 @ 2:33 am

    Yay for a new camera, you will love it.


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    Tricia Nightowlmama — February 27, 2012 @ 6:40 am

    it beautiful I would love if you could explain the camera settings that would be wonderful. your photos are so clear and gorgeous.


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    Katie — February 27, 2012 @ 4:45 pm

    I have the D5000 (the previous model before the 5100) and I just love it. A great camera and a great lens make such a difference!


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    Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell — February 27, 2012 @ 10:21 pm

    I was drooling over everyone’s Epiphanie bags this weekend at Blissdom! One of these days I might get a fancy camera like that, but I’m gonna get a new laptop first.


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    Anne - Mommy Has to Work — February 27, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

    I so want a better camera! Have fun playing!


  12. #
    Tammy — February 28, 2012 @ 1:01 am

    Grats on the new camera. I hope you continue to love it.


  13. #
    Kenda — February 28, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    Congratulations! Fantastic first shots! You’ll be an addict like the rest of us in no time ;)


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    Wisconsin Mommy — February 28, 2012 @ 2:01 am

    Congrats – you’re going to love it!!


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    Lolo @ Crazy About My Baybah — February 28, 2012 @ 6:56 am

    A new camera!! Just in time for your new baby!! Just wait until you get to use it on him/her!


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    Donna — February 28, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Congrats on the new camera! And, I love that bag, and the timer is so cute!


  17. #
    Theresa — February 28, 2012 @ 3:00 pm

    Have fun with your new toy!!! :)


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    Zippy — February 28, 2012 @ 11:00 pm

    Enjoy playing with it.


  19. #
    Simply Being Mommy — February 29, 2012 @ 12:32 am

    Congrats on your new camera!


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    Marcie W. — February 29, 2012 @ 7:20 pm

    Your pictures have always been wonderful! Now they can be even better. The timer rocks too!!


  21. #
    Momstart — February 29, 2012 @ 7:29 pm

    How excting for you!


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    That Bald Chick — March 1, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    I am saving for a new DSLR myself. Can’t wait to see more pictures. Oh, and the cupcake timer is GORGEOUS!


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    Toni Patton — March 2, 2012 @ 10:34 am

    Love new toys like this one :) I love my DSLR as well!


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    HilLesha — March 2, 2012 @ 11:20 am

    I’m considering on buying a new camera since my beloved Canon stopped working on me. I’m not sure if I should get another Canon, or a Nikon since a lot of people rave and rave about this brand. By the way, that cupcake timer is adorable!


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    nicóle — March 2, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

    Oh yay! Use it in good health! I love my Nikon!


  26. #
    Amy — March 3, 2012 @ 2:48 am

    Camera purse? I had no idea. I guess I’ve been living under a rock. Time to go shopping!


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    cookiesANDclogs — March 6, 2012 @ 1:07 am

    So glad you love it and are learning very quickly how to use it. I still have A LOT to learn. I look forward to seeing your fab food shots again!


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