My new camera!

After getting my first paycheck at my new job, I decided to treat myself -- I thought about getting a wheel, but my partner & I have just moved into a (tiny) new flat where floor space is at a premium. So, I opted for something with a smaller footprint -- a new-to-me Nikon D80 DSLR camera.

I've only fiddled with friends' DSLRs before, and I'm so excited to improve my photography skills. I have a lot to learn, but I'm already really pleased with the pictures I'm getting with the D80. It's an older model but it still takes sharp, beautiful pictures. I also got a 50mm f/1.8 lens, which is great in low light and takes lovely shallow depth of field photos.

Here's a few shots I've taken playing around with the camera...

Grey hand dyed Juno Fibre Arts baby alpaca silk cashmere lace shawl
My Eiffel Tower Shawl

Handspun gradient dyed merino silk lace shawl LazyKaty taken on Nikon D80 dslr camera
My Lazy Katy, blocking.

Bee with pink honeysuckle UK taken on Nikon D80 50mm 1.8 lens
A bee buzzing around honeysuckle in the garden.

Of course the camera takes great 'normal' pictures too, but I'm having far too much fun playing with the shallow DOF (the blurred-background effect) since it's something I couldn't achieve on my old point-and-shoot camera.



  1. Enjoy your new toy! It works well - the honeysuckle & bee look great.

  2. I've wanted a 50mm/f1.8 lens for ages and your pictures are just making me want one even more; they're gorgeous!

  3. Go for it! It's an incredible bang for your buck. Really cheap as far as lenses go (even cheaper if you find it used), great quality and really good with shallow depth of field and bokeh.