Nikon v iPhone

I always dreamed of owning a Nikon camera and finally, 10 years ago, I bought one. A Nikon D5100 with an 18-105 zoom lens. Honestly I never learned everything that it can do, but I was super happy with it.

It’s not always convenient to walk around with a big heavy camera, so I also had a small compact digital camera. I think it was a Panasonic. It took pretty good photos too. On a trip to Norway in 2015 I had my iPhone and Panasonic camera. After taking lots of photos with both, and looking at them closely after the trip, I decided to ditch the small digital camera because my iPhone took photos just as good and as so many people experience, taking photos with your phone is so easy!

Every year Apple improves the camera on the iPhone and honestly the improvement in camera quality is the main reason I keep upgrading. Pretty soon my Nikon sat neglected in a closet.

Last year In 2019 (it FEELS like last year) DB and I went on a road trip, from Southern California to the Grand Canyon, through Four Corners, Durango, Telluride, Arches National Park, Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks. It was such an amazing trip! Oh I long to go back! I took my Nikon camera and my iPhone X. I look loads of photos with both and was really undecided about which gave me the best quality photos. Frankly, with everything going on with selling the house, and then packing up and moving across the world, I didn’t spend much time with the photos.

Now here we are in 2021 and what else am I supposed to do in lockdown? I’ve wrecked my shoulder by knitting too much so I got out my camera and started playing around with it. Now let’s see what the difference is between a 10 year old DSLR and a 3 year old iPhone. This is completely unscientific and I’m sure there are much better comparisons on more professional web sites. This is for my amusement and maybe yours too.

First I took some photos inside my house. I have not edited any of these photos except for cropping to get close ups. There are no filters used. The Nikon was set on the Auto mode. No flash used. Here are the results:

The first two photos are from the Nikon, the last two with the iPhone. Clearly the Nikon creates clearer and crisper images. No question.

Today when the sun was shining I took a couple of photos outside. Again, the Nikon photos are first.

So again the Nikon clearly wins this competition. Both cameras have about the same number of pixels. This is not difference. It’s purely the quality of lens optics which, not surprisingly, will win out over digital every time. At least for now!

I started to think about what holds me back from using this fantastic Nikon camera. Too heavy? Too complicated for every day use? I remember on the road trip, hiking and having that heavy think around my neck all day, bouncing on my body. Putting it in a comfortable carry case is not the answer because by the time you get it out of the case and take off the lens cap, that bird, or deer or sunlight is gone. And I have to look at the situation and think about the best setting to get the best photo. Is something moving quickly so that I should change from auto to “sport” setting? Would this low light situation be better with or without a flash? With iPhone you don’t have to think about anything. Just touch the button and you have a pretty good photo.

I think that I’m going to research strap options to see if I can find something more comfortable to use while hiking and biking, but also leaves the camera quickly available to use. And I’m really and truly going to practice with it, so that changing settings becomes more automatic for me. And I will READ THE MANUAL to find out everything it can do. Like automatically creating the fun photo above at the top of this post.

That Time of Year

It’s that time of year when people are getting ready for the holidays, buying presents, decorating the house, preparing for guests.  Us? Not so much.  At least not yet.  Our holiday cheer is taking a beating.

If you’ve been following along with the story, first we were moving to London, then we weren’t, then DB would be unemployed here in NL since he quit his job to move to London, and now, dear readers, I’m going to be unemployed as well.  You know I never write about work in the blog, since it’s a damned small country here and it’s not a good idea to piss people off in a public forum (at least not yet; let’s wait and see how the end of this story really plays out).  But I will say that my lawyer is talking to their lawyer and hopefully we will all come out of this better off than we were two months ago.  Sigh.

Now, what do you do when your entire household will soon be without a job?  Go shopping of course!

We’d been wanting to buy some new kitchen pots for quite a while and with all the holiday sales going on, we decided now was the time.  We found these in a small lovely kitchen shop in Haarlem, regularly 380 euros on sale for 149 euros.  You can’t beat that.  They are stainless steel, built to last, safe to use everywhere, even the oven (except for the lids).

So, that’s our Christmas shopping out of the way!  Ha!

I also got a new iPhone 4S.  I’d been wanting get one since they were launched, but was waiting for…. well I don’t know what for.  A better price I guess.  I really wanted to get onto Vodafone’s network since they, and KPN, have the best network in the country.  T-Mobile is bloody slow and unreliable.  Telfort has a good phone network (they use KPN’s network), but their data traffic is the slowest of the lot.  Believe me, I’ve tried them all.  I was just very undecided if the quality of Vodafone was worth the premium price to me.

I built a business case spreadsheet.  I compared the price of ordering an unlocked phone from the US and having my mom send it to me.  I compared the 2 year cost of ownership in every configuration and carrier I could think of.  Until recently, getting a new 2 year contract with T-Mobile was the cheapest deal.  But then as of 2 days ago Vodafone dropped the price of the phone and is offering 4 months at half price for the service.  I plugged those new numbers into my spreadsheet and voila, Vodafone and T-Mobile were the same price over the 2 years!   Off I went to the Vodafone shop in Haarlem and came home with a lovely new white 16GB iPhone 4S.  Yea!

That’s the end of my toy shopping for the year.  I don’t need anything else.  I have to start being really conservative with money – from now on.  No clothes until I have a new job and need work clothes.  No shoes.  No tech toys.  No software.  No yarn – I have a house full!  No fancy dinners out – ok, maybe now and then dinner at an “eet cafe”.  We are so lucky to have all the great things that we have, and now is the time to appreciate what we have and realize that we don’t need a damned thing more.  Except jobs.