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I get a lot of questions about my camera so I thought I'd finally take some time talk about it here. I've been using my Nikon D5000 DLSR for the past 9 months and I wouldn't trade it in for anything else. It's easy to use even when I usually shoot with manual settings and even has a live-view option with an LCD screen which can flip around and let you see from different angles. Before this I had a point-and-shoot camera for everyday shots and a film SLR (Minolta SRT-201) for the occasional outing but I was always very hesitant about spending so much on a DSLR until my 21st birthday finally rolled around. Now I have my camera with me around 75% of the time and although it may seem big, it actually fits in most of my bags (although Luxirare's camera bag is pretty fucking fantastic, isn't it?)

As for the lens, for a month or so I was shopping around for the easiest lens I could possibly use and came across this 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX one which is the most similar to the lens I was used to shooting with for my film SLR. I usually shoot with a high aperture since I prefer photos with a lot of light so I rarely take photos at night unless there's exceptionally good lighting. Overall, I'm satisfied with how clear my photos turn out and I'd definitely recommend both the camera and lens to anyone who is considering getting a DSLR.

I know I'm totally cheating with this type of outfit shot but sometimes you just can't find someone to take your photos. Thanks to everyone who commented on my hair, I'm still getting used to it but right now I'm actually really happy with the way it looks. I've also been wearing my new United Bamboo booties all weekend which make terrible days much more bearable even when you've lost your phone on BART and may have stepped in dog crap. Don't worry, it came off and someone was kind enough to pick it up and drop it off at a station. I'm so happy people like that still exist in this world.

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Lexy said...

I need to ungrade to a better camera...Adorable shoes as always...

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Isabel said...

Your shoes are incredible. And I have a Nikon D50 myself. :D

Gazel M. said...

Lovely shoes.
I have a Nikon D40 DSLR. I plan to upgrade to a better model sometime in the future.

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Claire said...

i was JUST googling cameras... I think i've settled on a Nikon D60... I would kill for a D5000 but it's another 100quid taken from my student loan...

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Nadia Kamballa said...

Thanks for posting this. I'm actually thinking of getting a DSLR and your post really helps me in making up my mind.

Cute outfit, btw. And I haven't got the chance to say this but I like your hair. It's not like Dora at all!

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Veronika said...

thanks for posting this :) I am getting one for Christmas or earlier and am between the canon rebel and the nikkon you mentioned.

Nikki said...

Your shoes are amazing. Love your blog!

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Sandee said...

Great outfit, great shoes, great hair! :)

calivintage said...

dude, i totally got the same lens over the weekend. and i have a similar camera as well. definitely a sweet setup!

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Closet Fashionista said...

I really wish I had the money for a nice DSLR :(
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be.aoi said...

love your hair! i wish i had a DSLR. Your pictures are always awesome!

Alice said...

awesome shoes AND camera advice! thanks!

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anja louise said...

I have the same Minolta! I love it, had it since I was 14. Such a cool 70's camera. In case anyone else reading wants other digicam recs, I use the Canon T1i with a 28mm 1.8 lens and I love the combo!

anja louise said...

also, your new hair is so cute! it must feel good to get a cut in the summer... i'm growing mine out right now!

Heather said...

I have the same camera. What sold me was that flip screen and the video option haha. Glad you love it as much as I do!!!
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S + Y said...

LOVEEEE your new hair, and nice to read your little review. I'm considering getting one, and this has definitely helped! The simpler the better, in my opinion. Haha.

Anne said...

I love the camera, I love the outfit, and I LOVE THOSE SHOES. If only they were cheaper... :(

Your blog is one of my top three favorites! You're awesome! :)

Jessica Mac said...

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Michelle Elaine said...

i need to buy a better cam - i just have no idea how to even wrap my head around it... and then on top of that i already feel super broke. ha

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Diana said...

I love the shoes. I've been keeping my eye out for a pair of white oxfords, but every time I come across a pair, I think about how I'm too clumsy to keep those clean, so I never end up buying them.

Anyway, I've always been a Canon girl. I recently traded in my Rebel XT for a T1i, and I love it oh so much.

Emily and Abigail said...

lusting your button down! That's what Scott uses (WanderLust photographer) and it's the best!!

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sammi burley (chase.dakota) said...

i got my DSLR a few weeks ago... and i'm in love!!

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Alexandria said...

Just another reminder that I'm in desperate need of a new camera...

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Natalie said...

hey annabel! i can't believe i JUST discovered your blog. honestly, the moment i landed on it i instantly fell in love with (1) your hair cut (the thick bangs) (2) the familiarity of your California locations (i live in the Bay area, in the mountains between San Jose and Santa Cruz, but I go to SF often... LOVE boogaloo's, bi-rite, ferry market!! and i don't know many bloggers from the bay area so it is totally uncanny and cool to see someone who is! also my parents met / went to school in pasadena and all my family is in socal, so there's that connection too), (3) the food! i love that you're a foodie... ahh i totally am too. love cooking it especially, but i also like trying new things! the SF food fest is this saturday!! are you going?!

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Shawna said...

I wanted to get a dslr for a sometime now but I don't feel professional enough yet. I will just stick to point and shoot until I get better.

thanks for the opinions!

PS: love the shoes!

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Delmy said...

You cute your hair! Super Adorable! I love it!

Dana said...

Love the shoes. thank you for sharing the camera behind all the wonderful photos your post.
Dana

style-haus said...

thx for this post! i'm always interested in learning the camera & lenses style bloggers use; especially those that post incredible photos! would love to read more about tips and camera settings!

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RITA said...

I use nikon D5000 as well and love it...

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Simuša said...

lovely shoes!

Jennifer - Stylish CLin d'Oeil said...

It seems to be a great camera. 1.8 as aperture is great for night pictures!
I also hav one but a canon one, and I'm so in love with it^^

Merv said...

I'm so bummed! The first time I saw your backpack I loved it but I didn't know where to get it, so I settled on a canvas backpack from F21. I think I'll still get one like yours though. It's adorable! And when you shoot in AP, do you usually "over expose" it a little?

Camilla said...

This is AMAZING! I have been fretting over what lense to get for my Nikon, and you just answered all my questions in one!
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Beautiful!!
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Madalina said...

I love your outfit in this picture! I've been wanting a DSLR for a loong time also, but I might not get it until I turn 18 (which is the next year). I've thought about getting a Nikon D3000 because it's cheaper, but yours looks awesome too!
I have a question, can you use it properly without buying a lens? I mean, exactly as it comes from the box. Or is the quality not so great?

theflawlet said...

thanks a lot for that post, I am thinking about getting a DSLR at the moment and this really helped me.
thank you thank you thank you. :)
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hello shopaholic said...

Thanks for posting...I keep debating whether to buy the Canon T1i. I think I may take the plunge.



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Cherokee said...

I've had my eye on a Nikon d5000 and I love the LCD screen because it flips out, and makes my job of taking my own pics quite hassle free

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Sharon said...

Fabulous hair! So glossy and sleek, totally envious right now! Love your blog xx sharon

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Quiet Eyes said...

I have been looking to upgrade my camera, so this helped a lot.
I love the shoes!

alter muffin said...

Hi, i just wanted to say that i am so in love in you're blog and all the picture of the foods, so hating you also for that cause in out town we don't have no such thing as nom nom trucks, damn. And it aslo such fun to read your posts. So, i hope the blog does never change it's way that it is now.:)

P.S. Loving the new hair.

lena said...

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CINDY said...

love the cleaaaaan booties! lol good luck on keeping it clean and scruff-mark free. hehe

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Jada C. said...

I'm going to art school so I was thinking about upgrading my camera (Nikon D40) too. The Nikon D5000 seems like an amazing camera to work with. Thanks for telling us about it, I'll have to read more about it before I upgrade for a new camera. I love those shoes by the way :D



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GG said...

What timing!! I'm thinking of getting my first DSLR...and was so lost...your post gives me a great start.

Thanks bella.

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bravegrrl said...

still lovin your hair! isn't so refreshing to change it up once in a while :)

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I love your shoes!

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this free bird said...

I always enjoy visiting you. Glad you're getting used to your hair because it looks great on you.

I'd love a DSLR, but I neeeeeeeed to know .... is it easy to use? Like EASY?

help

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Rike said...

hey,

i love your new hair cut so much ;)...i hope this nice shoes will stay clean for a long time :P

Georgia said...

I'm buying an slr soon, and am debating whether it's worth paying an extra one hundred and buying the d5000 instead of the 3000. Now, I think it'll be worth it in the long term, I only read good reviews about it. Nice shoes btw
It would be mine

Shanghainese Dumpling said...

Cute outfit!! and thank you for the review :)

Becca said...

Fabulous post! I'm happy to hear someone finally touting the Nikon. I'm a total beginner, but have found it a blast to learn to use, and find the internet is incredibly helpful in finding tutorials.

Becca

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Nome Alone said...

love the cream boots and big shirt! you're adorable!

kristine said...

ugh i really want to make the switch to nikon. i'm envious of your bright, crisp images!

cute outfit as always.

Olive said...

very nice shoes! i love it!
thanks for sharing about dslr :)

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Amber Blue Bird said...

Just came across your blog and its fantastic. Love your outfit here and your hair cut. Wicked cute.

Emilyfleur said...

Omg i want your shoes :o they are amazing !

Emily said...

I have that camera too, and I love it! I always use the auto settings, though :P

Your haircut is so cute, by the way.

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