Welcome Nikon D5100!

I’ve been blogging more than 3 years now and all photos of dishes are taken either by me or by my husband Yusuf. We are both happy and a bit sad these days. We’ve welcomed a new camera, a Nikon and said goodbye to our old one, a Fujifilm. We are faithful enough to the hardworking Fuji, so we thought it’s better to say our sad farewells to it here.

Why did we need such a change?

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                                                                                                                 taken by Nikon D5100, hubby’s finger included

Well, let me share some details about our Fuji first. Its full name is Fujifilm Finepix S5600. We met 6 years ago and I must accept we had great time together. It is a 5- megapixel mini SLR-style camera with 10x optical zoom lens, ISO up to 1600. We took all the pictures here by this camera and I believe it wouldn’t be wrong to say that they have an average quality. At least, they were mostly enough to make our friends crave for what they saw. As GiveRecipe is a food blog, photography is quite important. It should cause readers to have a desire of grabbing what they see. To achieve this, we know that pictures must be clean with bright colors.

For most of the pictures here we used its macro shot function, which produces clean shots with small details. However, the reason for our need of changing –or let’s say upgrading it lies behind this. As we practised more with this camera, we felt that it could be better. Okay the food pictures we took with it aren’t that bad, but they obviously need to be improved.

The worst part was the light. The best light here is before noon, so we had a limited time to prepare the dish and take its photos. The photos weren’t bright enough in the afternoon. Moreover, if it is cloudy outside, it is again hard to catch a nice shot inside with this Fuji. We are quite pleased with its outside shots though no matter it is cloudy, rainy or sunny. You know, if you are a food blogger, it’s not good when you work hard preparing a dish but ended up with a not pleasing picture of it.

Why Nikon D5100?

We finally decided to buy a new camera to make GiveRecipe more attractive. It deserves a reward after 3+ years, doesn’t it? So this camera would be a gift to our blog, definitely not to us! Thank you Fuji for what you did for GiveRecipe for such a long time, we will never forget you!

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                                                                                                      taken by Fujifilm Finepix S5600, no finger this time

After a long searching process, we decided on this Nikon D5100 16.2MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom Lens, which is far better than our Fuji. It has 16.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor, ISO up to 6400. It has an articulated LCD screen with a side hinge, which we loved a lot! It’s easier to use the screen this way! It has a fantastic image quality in both raw and jpeg formats. Even at higher ISO settings, noise level is very low with the help of its automatic noise reduction.

We’ve already had our first shots and the difference is unbelivable! You can see them in following posts:
Atomic Cocktail
How To Cure Grape Leaves

The images are very clean and sharp even at 5pm when there is no enough light inside. Colors have definitely more life when compared to our old Fuji. I must say that we took the pictures in the posts above on the day we bought the camera when we didn’t really know how to use its functions. Although these are far better than the pictures in our previous posts, we need to learn a lot to use the camera more effective and to have more successful shots. Welcome NikonD5100 to GiveRecipe!

 

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