Saturday, March 08, 2008

Nikon D60 DSLR

Finally, I've gotten my very first DSLR camera.
My old F65 SLR has always provided me with many joys in photography.
So, when I was considering for a DSLR, my vote naturally goes to a Nikon.
Brought this on the 1st day of IT show at Suntec City.
The fair would last till this Sunday.
Considering that they are selling a 80-200mm VR lens at S$199.00 when you buy a D60(S$1188.00).
I think it's quite a good buy plus all the goodies you see in the picture (Nikon Bag, Nikon Stand, Nikon Lens Cleaning Pen, 2GB SD, Micro Cloth, LCD Protector & Card Reader).
Plus, managed to get the sales to give me an addtional 2GB SD card & battery! Hee Hee.
One more important thing to get before shooting, I'll need to buy filter for the lens.
Two to be exact. One for each lens.
Recommended by my friend to use the 52mm Hoya Mulit-Coated Filter.
Got it today at S$18.00 each.
I have not yet use the camera but tried to fiddle over the controls.
One function about the camera which I like is that the LCD will turn off when one look into the viewfinder.
Also another interesting aspect of the camera is that it allows us to do something like a movie animation kind of thing. Called "stop motion movie" function.
Probably, I'll go for a photo shoot sometime next week.
Make a guess where I'll go?
It's be the Singapore Zoo.
My favourite place!!!
Wish me luck to get good animal portraits!

NIKON D60 Technical Specifications : (From Nikon Official)
TYPE OF CAMERA : Single-lens reflex digital camera
EFFECTIVE PIXELS : 10.2 million
IMAGE SENSOR : Nikon DX format (23.6 x 15.8 mm) CCD sensor; total pixels: 10.75 million
IMAGE SIZE (Pixels) : 3,872 x 2,592 [L], 2,896 x 1,944 [M], 1,936 x 1,296 [S]
SENSITIVITY : ISO 100 to 1,600 in steps of 1 EV, can also be set to approx. 1 EV (ISO 3200 equivalent) above ISO 1600
FILE FORMAT : NEF (RAW) 12-bit compressed, JPEG Baseline-compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8), or basic (approx. 1:16) compression, NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats
STORAGE MEDIA : SD memory cards
LCD MONITOR : 2.5", 230,000-dot, low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD, brightness adjustment and with automatic defeat via Eye Sensor
AUTOFOCUS : TTL phase detection, 3 focus points by Nikon Multi-CAM 350 autofocus sensor module; Detection range: -1 to +19 EV (ISO 100 at 20°C/68°F)
EXPOSURE METERING SYSTEM : 1) 3D-Color Matrix Metering II (type G and D lenses); Color Matrix Metering II (other CPU lenses), 2) Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 8 mm circle in center of frame, 3) Spot: Meters 3.5 mm circle (about 2.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus area when non-CPU lens is used)
FLASH CONTROL : 1) TTL for digital SLR using 420-segment RGB sensor, 2) i-TTL balanced fill-flash, 3) Auto aperture, 4) Non-TTL auto, 5) Range-priority manual
BATTERY : Rechargeable Li-ion Battery EN-EL9
BATTERY LIFE (FULLY CHARGED) : Approx 500 images with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
DIMENSIONS : Approx. 126 x 94 x 64 mm

Links about Nikon & Nikon D60 :
Direct link to official Nikon D60 digital SLR : Quick Tour
Official Nikon Singapore Website :
For a list of Nikon comprehensive products date : Camera Timeline

Mini History of Nikon :
1917 : Three of Japan's leading optical manufacturers merge to form a company - Nippon Kogaku K.K
1918 : Optical glass production and research
1921 : MIKRON 4x, 6x, ultra-small prism binoculars
1925 : JOICO Microscope
1932 : Nikkor - brand name for camera lenses
1945 : Production shifted to cameras, microscopes, binoculars, surveying instruments, measuring instruments & ophthalmic lenses
1946 : Nikon brand name adopted for small-sized cameras
1948 : Nikon I small-sized camera
1952 : Nikkor Club established to promote photography culture
1957 : Nikon SP small-sized camera
1959 : Nikon F, Nikon's first SLR camera
1963 : NIKONOS all-weather camera
1970 : Nikon F2 SLR camera
1979 : Nikon F3 SLR camera
1980 : Nikon SLR cameras delivered to NASA for use on space shuttle
1983 : Nikon L35AF, Nikon's first autofocus compact camera
1986 : Nikon F-501 autofocus SLR camera
1988 : Nikon Corporation - Official name
1988 : Nikon F4 SLR camera
1990 : NIKONOS RS, world's first underwater autofocus SLR camera
1993 : Nikon 35Ti Quartz Date super-high-quality compact camera
1996 : Nikon F5 top-of-the-line SLR camera
1997 : COOLPIX 100 digital camera
1998 : Nikon D1 professional digital SLR camera
2000 : D1x digital SLR camera
2001 : D1H digital SLR camera
2002 : Nikon Imaging (China) Co., Ltd. established a production base
2002 : D100 consumer digital SLR camera
2003 : D2H digital SLR camera
2004 : Nikon F6 SLR camera
2005 : D2X digital SLR camera
2005 : D2HS digital SLR camera
2006 : D2Xs digital SLR camera
2007 : D3 digital SLR camera


Coaster said...

My panasonic camera (an ageing fz-3) has this animation thing. It is great to do stop-animation of things such as lego characters 'walking' down stairs :) Its fun to do.
What is the 'F' speed of your lens?

astrogalaxy said...

Hello coaster,
The stop-animation really amused me too!It's fun but I've not created anything nice...Hee hee...

As for the camera lens, it's
1)AF-S 18-55mm (1:35 - 5.6G)VR
2)AF-S 55-200mm (1:4-5.6G) VR

Have a nice day!!!