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Sunday’s Snapshots – My New Nikon D3200 Captures Iris and Rhododendron Blossoms

June 8, 2014

This week I upgraded my camera gear, adding a Nikon D3200. I’ve been out with it once and the images in this gallery (except for the bee on the star-of-Bethlehem, which I took with my D40) are among the first shots I took with the camera. I’ve been using a D40 for seven years and immediately, I find the controls and options on the D3200 to be far more intuitively placed and easy to read. And the LCD screen displays the information about settings in a better organized way and also in larger icons and print than the D40.

I may have to refine the setting of the diopter. I think I don’t yet have the focus set as sharp as it should be. When you wear glasses with progressive lenses, it’s not easy to get the setting just right. Still, I’m pleased with these photos as the first batch from the camera. I’m really enjoying getting to know my way around it.

I bought the camera from B&H. They had a great offer. The camera came with two lenses: 18-55mm and 55-200mm (with hood). The package also included a 16GB Ultra SanDisk, a UV filter and a polarizer filter and a generously sized carry case. I added on Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5. This all came to $636.00. I think that’s a good deal.

new Nikon D3200 package from B&H

I love my D40. But it’s pretty beat-up after much outdoor use. I’ve been lugging everywhere for a long time. I’m going to send it out for a thorough overhaul and cleaning. I’ll still use it but it will probably be my backup camera.

Note: The flower photos in this post were taken with my 55-300mm lens on the new camera. Also, the photos have not been enhanced at all.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. November 11, 2014 2:50 am

    I love these photos you took with your camera! I’ll have to look into it. Thanks again for the recommendation!


    • December 20, 2014 11:15 pm

      Hi Andrea, I just noticed that I never replied to this comment!
      Good luck with your camera choice when you’re ready.
      I’d be glad to answer any questions about the D3200 in the meantime.
      Also, I’m not sure if you follow Leanne Cole Photography but if not,
      here’s a link to a guest post about food photography:
      I honestly think you do so well with your photos, this post won’t offer you much.
      But every tip counts! So, maybe there’ll be one that inspires you!
      Happy holidays and best wishes in the New Year!


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  3. June 12, 2014 9:29 am

    Beautiful pictures, keep on shooting with your new camera, it’s great! 🙂


  4. June 11, 2014 1:45 am

    beautiful and hope you get more and more cool pictures with your new camera 🙂


    • June 11, 2014 1:11 pm

      Hi Joshi,
      Thanks so much.
      I’m loving the camera.
      You might be interested to know that one of my goals this year is to do some street photography in b/w.
      I have a project in mind and hope that in the next few months I can get started on it.
      I feel as if I have to experiment with other styles of photography.
      Thanks again. Loved you last photo!


  5. June 10, 2014 4:12 pm

    WOW! Sounds and seems so exciting to have a new camera, beautiful photographs, Good luck dear Mary, Thank you, love, nia



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