October 25, 2010

Behind the Scenes: my two machines

Today's post comes from a reader's e-mail:

...Now on the main reason for this email and that is I would love to know what kind of camera you use. Your photos are always so great and I'm ready to buy an upgrade since I have a baby on the way (I'm 4 months). Maybe you could do one of those posts where you show some of the behind the scenes stuff you use all the time like the model of camera and sewing machine you use. I always find those posts helpful if I'm inspired to take up a new craft based on something I've seen in a blog.

Well, today I'll give you a quick run down on the machines I love - my camera and my sewing machine.  I'm not going to bog down this post with big technical terms.  I'm just going to give you a brief explanation of what I have and what I like about it.

My current camera is a Nikon D5000.  I've had it for almost a year.  Before that I had a Nikon D40.  If you're looking to purchase your first DSLR, I highly recommend the D40.  I also recommend buying it in a location where they offer free classes to help you learn to use it.  While they have a well-priced bundle for cameras and lenses at Costco, I was really glad I was able to sit through some classes when I first bought a DSLR.  They often have bundled specials as well (like a camera bag, the camera itself, the kit lense, and a zoom lense all at one reasonable price.)

The D5000 adds the ability to record video, but I haven't been extremely impressed with the video quality.  The D5000 gives you more pixels, higher ISO, blah, blah, blah.  Like I said, if you're just beginning then I really recommend the D40.  I think it's smart to buy a camera and completely figure it out before you upgrade.  I know a LOT of people who buy the nicest one they can find and never really even figure out what to do with it.  Pace yourself.

I love Nikon, but I know a ton of people who love Canon.  I think you can be happy either way.  If you think Santa might be bringing you something like this for Christmas, then do your homework.  There are a reviews galore on the world wide web.

On to my sewing machine.  You have to understand that I am highly influenced by my mother here.  She is am amazing seamstress.  She has always told us that Berninas were the only way to go.  I think she whispered it into our ears while we were sleeping at night.  Only Bernina!  Singers are horrible!  Okay, I'm exaggerating a bit and that actually sounds a bit freaky.  Sorry.

The down side is that they are a bit pricey.  I have the Activa 220.  It doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but it's a real workhorse.  It's easy to use and easy to thread.  I haven't had any problems with it.  It's about 3 years old.  I love it, but I haven't tried a lot of other machines to compare it with.  My mom argues that she can sew through layers of denim or a thin layer of chiffon and never have to adjust the tension.

Well, that's my quick machine rundown, but I want to get some ideas from you.  Would you be interested in an "Behind the Scenes" series?  I mean you can ask any real questions you want or request to see something in my home.  Ask me to take a picture of myself without make-up...ask me what I'm horrible at...ask me to be an open book.  Maybe you're thinking, just zip it and show me the crafts, lady.  I just wanted to throw out a new idea.  I know that sometimes blogs seem perfect and polished like a first date and sometimes you want to see more or really know the person behind it all.  Let me know what you think.  Thanks!  I'm going to stop blabbing now.  Have a fabulous day!


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