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Goodbye Nikon

In June 2011 my photography moved from point and shoot to DSLR when we purchased a Nikon D5100 dual lens kit.  Today I’ve sold the Nikon gear to complete my transition to the Olympus OM-D mirrorless system.

I had planned to put the Nikon, 4 lenses and various accessories on eBay, but thought I’d post a picture of all the gear to Facebook asking if anyone would like to make an offer.  Within an hour the gear was sold to an ex-neighbor who I’d forgotten had an interest in photography.  Back in 2007 we tried to photograph Comet McNaught together, she had her film camera and I had the little point and shoot.  Now she’s finally bought her first DSLR from me, so I’m happy the Nikon gear is going to a good home.

Nikon D5100 with lenses for sale

Nikon D5100 with lenses for sale

As a post-script, when I posted the above photo of my Nikon gear to my Flickr account, it quickly became popular, racking up over 8000 views and 100 faves.
I shouldn’t be surprised though, some of my highest view counts on Flickr have actually been photos of my camera.

Sigma Lens

Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 lens

My new Sigma 17-70mm F2.8 every-day lens

This is my new DSLR lens.  It’s from the Sigma “Contemporary” range, has a focal range of 17-70mm, and will replace the 18-55mm kit lens that came with my Nikon D5100 camera.  This lens is also classed as a Macro, so in practive it might also replace my 40mm Nikon Macro lens.

The “SIGMA 17-70mm ‘C’ F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM” wasn’t cheap, but I found a good deal on eBay.  You can feel the quality just by holding the lens in your hand, especially compared to the kit lens.  That quality also brings with it some extra weight, so hopefully my arms wont get too sore when shooting for extended periods.

So far I’ve only taken a few test shots with the new lens around home and put them on Flickr, along with a few “unboxing” shots.  I’d say that most of my DSLR photos from now on will be taken with this lens, it’s a ripper!