When good cameras go bad...

I've had my Nikon D80 for almost exactly 5 years. I've loved having a DSLR, even though it can be heavy to lug around.

April 2009 in Albuquerque, NM - All my older photos are on an external hard drive

Over the last few years I've found myself using it less and less, option for my CanonELPH 100HS Powershot or my iPhone camera.

Ahem - Instagram (@a_2_w)

Vanessa's lecture at Sewing Summit renewed my interest in taking nice pictures again, so I dug out the Nikon. Oh yeah, I do like to set the aperture and fiddle with buttons!

Unfortunately, I don't think she's up to snuff anymore. :( I had taken pictures of all my travel handmade goodies and NONE of them turned out how I wanted. So I reset everything, double checked my settings, took all the pics again, AND took pics with my Canon P&S at the same time. Here's what the look like.
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All photos were edited in Lightroom to look their best.

And all in a row:

Camera compare-3Camera compare-4Camera compare-2-2

What do you think? Am I being too picky, or can you tell the difference? Which do you like best?
(More details on the Weekender once I know what version of the pics to use!)


  1. They all are good pictures, I think I like the first because the other two seem over-saturated. Unless they are more true to color and then the first is under-saturated.

    Loving this bag, that feather print is to die for!

  2. I agree with Lindsey....picture #1. I agree with you about the Nikon. I'm not using mine much now as well. More photos on my Nikon Coolpix or my phone. I hate to drag the big camera around.
    Nice weekender bag. I think I'm the only one who hasn't made this bag yet.

  3. call me lame... I can't see too much difference.
    But I think the bag is great, and you are cute in your top picture. :)

  4. I'm going to go with #1 as well although the difference is slight and might have to do with the editing. Makes me wish I'd taken her class - I'm seriously lacking when it comes to photo quality. A Weekender is still on my to do list too Cindy.

  5. Picture #1! The colors too to be more accurate and brighter! Hope that is the case.

    Have a super great sewing and stitching day.

  6. I'm split. I think the table looks the best in #2 and the bag colors, including the zipper, in #3. UNLESS, the real colors are closest in #1 :-)

  7. What's giving you the problems - is it the colour or getting a shallow depth of field? Did you do the same thing to each photo in Lightroom?

  8. I like #3. It's hard to say.... but I like 3. I have a DS70 and love it dearly but still use my little Olympus. It has the BEST close up feature and simple simple simple to use.

  9. I quite like no.2 the colours seem punchier.


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