When you want a camera and when you have one


Nikon lens cap

Earlier tonight, my friend Seb blogged about his new Canon EOS 600D. As he rightly mentions, I do have a Nikon D3100, with a catch though - it's not actually mine.

A discussion sprung up on Twitter the night before about whether we had named our DSLR cameras, and while people like Vadim were quick to give theirs a name (and just as quick to change them), or people like Ruben had already given theirs a name, or people like aforementioned Seb were creative about theirs, I didn't have one, nor did I feel inclined to think of one for what was essentially my family camera.

On the fly I called this Nikon D3100 'Nick', a play on the fact that it was a 'Nik'on camera, and Ruben decided to make the bad pun that it was a Network Interface Card (NIC), but in the end this camera doesn't feel like mine, even though I keep it most of the time (probably out of spite).

I must admit to being envious. I never got the experience of looking for a camera, buying it, opening it, or using it for the first time. In fact, my parents had seemed to stringently believe in the fact that we didn't need one and it was too expensive, which was why we didn't get one even when I was doing Photography in high school. Although all I had was a point-and-shoot to other people's far more advanced systems, somehow I managed to score myself a top of the class...

Nikon lens cap

In any case, naturally when my brother decided to take Photography at school, my dad hopped out and bought a DLSR for him. The first time I heard of this, we'd bought it and my brother was using it and asking me for advice. I'd never really used a DSLR camera prior to the one we own now, and it was for the sake of my sanity:

  • I'd never be able to afford one myself.
  • As if my family would buy one.

I thought to save myself the pain of wanting one but not having one by not touching one at all. Similar to the same practice I have of never drinking. It's hard to get addicted to something you don't do or have.

After my brother had bought (that is to say my dad had brought my brother) the D3100 though, my parents began to market it to me as a 'family camera'. I wanted one of my own so my brother and I would not have to do what we ultimately did which was pass it back and forth and almost have a check out system for different events or days. Ultimately although my dad was not exactly against me buying a camera before we went to Hong Kong in January this year, both parents objected to buying a camera from overseas and my mother was against getting another camera when we had one already.

For the moment, I'm merely happy to have a camera to steal and use because it seems other family members have lost interest at the moment, but I will be happy when I finally see the day that I have a DSLR to really call my own. Then I can think up a creative name like my comrades. :)