Saturday, July 23, 2011

My Camera Equipment

When I started my blog I thought I would learn more about training for triathlons, fitness equipment, and racing.  That's all come to pass.  Now, I sleep better before a race and I'm much more confident on race day.  I've also learned how to use my camera equipment better.  I've even found myself reading camera manuals along with the installation and users manuals for my triathlon gear.  Imagine that!

As far as my camera gear is concerned; for most of my still images I've used a 6.1 Megapixel Nikon D50 Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera with either a Nikkor 18-55mm AF-S 1:3.5-5.6G ED lens or a Nikkor 55-150mm AF-S 1:4-5.6G ED zoom lens.  I've had this camera a several years.  It's a great camera.  The battery lasts forever and it takes great pictures.  The only drawback is its size. 

Nikon D-50 shown with Nikkor 18-55mm Lens and 55-200mm Zoom Lens
I also have an HD video camera.  It's a Sony HDR-SR5 with a removable Sony wide angle conversion lens X0.7.  I haven't used this yet for any blog stuff.  I haven't used it for much else either.  I'm hoping that it will get some use in November during Ironman Florida.

Sony HDR-SR5 Camcorder with X0.7 Wide Angle Conversion Lens and External Mic
Sony HDR-SR5 Camcorder
As I said, I'm still learning to use these cameras.  This is especially interesting when the auto-focus is off or when taking pictures in the dark.  Not only is it difficult to see the subject in the dark but maneuvering through the camera menu is a real challenge too.  An example of his can be seen in my blog on My Winter Safety Gear.

I also bought a new point & shoot camera.  It's an Olympus Stylus Tough 6000.  I wanted a camera that I could carry in my jersey pocket.  This camera should fit that bill nicely with it's small size and durability.  It's waterproof to 10 feet so I can rinse it off, if needed.  I can use it when I swim too.  It's also got image stabilization.  The best part is that I only paid $80 for it at COSTCO.  What a deal!

A view of the front of the packaging for the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000
A view of the back of the packaging
What you get
The Olympus 6000 came with a, camera case, 1GB memory card, USB cable, audio/video cable, Lithium-Ion battery and charger, wrist strap, manual and software.

As I learn more I hope my images will improve along with my commentary.  Don't expect any miracles!

Thanks for reading.