I’ve picked a camera. I’m going with the Nikon D200. I hope to purchase it later this week.
The choice really boiled down to one thing and one thing only. GPS integration.
I’m not that sophisticated in photography to know the ins and outs of various camera settings, so the performance wasn’t that big of an issue. That being said, I did read mostly positive reviews and have seen some excellent photos taken with the D200.
The ability to integrate GPS data directly into the photo metadata is very appealing to me. As far as I know, its the only major DSLR which currently has this ability. It also requires something of a hack to make it work. I’ve found a company that sells cables and shoes to support the GPS, but it still seems like a feature that Nikon just sort of threw in unsupported.
So, I get the GPS and the camera hooked up…then what? You can do some pretty cool stuff actually. The coolest thing is being able to navigate on Flickr or Google Earth via a custom KML file. Not to mention that with the GPS, you can get some pretty amazing precision on the photos, so you can literally see the spot it was taken.
I hope to have some of the first photos up in a few days.
I’m writing this a Panera Bread. I’m not here becasue they have free wireless (it’s down), but becasue they have chairs. I have wireless at my house, but I have no place to sit. I also have no television.
Its very interesting how my life has changed in the last few days with the simple elimination of furniture and television. I don’t watch a lot of television, but I do sit at my computer a lot. In fact, my desktop broke when I got back from Wisconsin about a week ago, and I’ve been on my laptop since then, and that has been a big change by itself.
I bring these things up only becasue they were small changes that had pretty big effects on my daily life. I’ve been spending more time out of the house because you can only sit on the floor for so long. I’ve been reading more books, because I don’t have access to the net most of the time when I’m out of the house.
Traveling will be a HUGE adjustment for me because I usually require constant stimulation. I read about 250 RSS posts a day on Google Reader. Being off line for such long stretches will be a big change. I’ll need to use my computer more as just a tool for video editing and writing rather than as a tool for communications. I’ll probably have to get my news from papers than from the web. I’m sure I’ll be totally out of the loop on most internet memes over the next two years. Someone will make a joke referencing something on YouTube and I’ll be “what? huh?”
It may sound like I’m bitching, but really I’m looking forward to it. I spent two weeks in Hawaii last year without my computer. It was the longest stretch I’ve had without access in ages and it really didn’t bother me too much.
If nothing else, will be able to catch up on a lot of reading.