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Polly want a…hey, watch your mouth

The Summer fête season is in full swing now. I met this beautiful girl (probably. I was told it takes a DNA test to know gender for sure and they haven’t bothered) advertising a little father/son parrot rescue. He’s got a hand gesture to make her stand up and extend her wings, so I was able to take lots of good pictures. (Here this one is big and in color).

They said the main reason they have to rescue birds is that they outlive their owners. One of their parrots died last month at the age of eighty. Not sure how I’d feel about a pet that was likely to outlive me. I suppose it would be a good thing, provided they didn’t have to power to have me put down when I got feeble.

Took this before I dropped and broke my good old Nikon D40, obviously. Still pondering what to do about that.


Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: July 29, 2014, 10:29 pm

Dropped Camera, I know the feeling. I’ve dropped mine twice now. Had to send the lense in for repair. I loved that camera, spend a lot of money on her. Now, the thrill is gone, gone away. And I’m a little suspicious of the sweet thing.

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 29, 2014, 10:38 pm

She’s gorgeous. I never wanted a bird, but I can understand why people would want parrots. There’s a private bird rescue just outside of San Antonio and they take in all the big birds—owls, hawks, and eagles. Pretty spectacular.

What terrible news about your camera. The D40 had a wonderful reputation from what I read. I never ruined one by dropping it, but I wore out a Minolta. Last weekend I took my F3 down from the shelf (of my own camera museum). Oh it kills me to see it languish. But I don’t whine for a darkroom anymore, so there’s that. I have camera lust in the worst way. I have a perfectly nice Canon something and I can’t stand it. I need a DSLR. Husband is awfully generous with me, but I hate to tell him I want some big bucks for a new camera.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 29, 2014, 10:49 pm

There’s some camera mumbling going on in the mustelid household, Deborah. I was a Minolta hound, too – must have ended up with seven or eight of the damn things (I’ve still got them somewhere) before digital crept in one night and stole my soul.

I have a D40 too and have said Her Stoatliness can have mine to replace her munged one… if only I can find something to replace it with.

My first DSLR was a D7 and that taught me a lesson: digital cameras aren’t like their ancestors. Digital cameras become obsolete about as quickly as French bread. Since then I just buy the cheapest one that does what I need and spend my money on glass.

Which means a D3300 this time, I suppose. But I keep procrastinating. I keep thinking that if I wait another six months there will be a better one. And there will be.

Comment from Randy Rager
Time: July 30, 2014, 12:14 am

Have you considered going mirrorless? Not Nikon mirrorless, Nikon’s 1 series cameras are bloody worthless.

Good mirrorless, like Olympus. All the image quality you need, at a fraction of the size of a DSLR. I went that way several years ago, and my stepson got the D40 and Nikon gear.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 30, 2014, 12:21 am

My late husband left behind an old Nikon FTN that he bought in Japan right before he was discharged from the Navy in 1973. It sat wrapped up in a drawer for years after my sociopath bro stole all the lenses that it had, and a few years ago when my son asked if he could have it, I sent it off to Hong Kong with him. I hope he still has it!

I take my photos with my iPhone, and they’re good enough for my purposes.

Comment from Nina
Time: July 30, 2014, 12:21 am

Oh, and I like this bird’s blue and gold. Old college colors. 🙂

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: July 30, 2014, 12:35 am

I have a D40 as well…bought it off my Dad cuz he wanted to upgrade…don’t use it near as much as I should…I have a Canon SureShot I use more cuz it’s faster to handle when you’re trying to catch a picture of something quickly, like a critter in the back yard. Also have an iPod 5th gen that takes pretty nice pix.

Sorry to hear about your camera :+(

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: July 30, 2014, 3:36 am

Last I heard, Winston Churchill’s Macaw is still alive.


Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: July 30, 2014, 10:05 am

I knew a couple who fought all the time, they had a yellow head Amazon who could do both their voices. Moody was the guy, Jessie the woman.
Moody’s voice: **mumble mumble mumble**
Jessie’s voice: “F— you Moody!”

Comment from Deborah
Time: July 30, 2014, 2:02 pm

I worked for an aerial mapping and survey company, full of geographers, cartographers, photogrammetrists, computer programmers, mathematicians, combat pilots, and tank commanders. Two of them took me shopping one day at lunch and I came back with a Minolta SRT-202. After 15 years, I wore out the shutter. Broke my heart, it did. I liked the F3 but I loved my Minolta like a baby.

Comment from thefritz
Time: July 30, 2014, 4:21 pm

Is this close to you Ms. weasel? https://twitter.com/pauljwpb/status/494505899663564801/photo/1

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 30, 2014, 5:41 pm

Yes, but does she eat chickens?

Comment from P2
Time: July 30, 2014, 6:51 pm

Upgrade, Stoaty!!! Nikon Df…… It’ll take ya back to the good ol film days…..

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: July 30, 2014, 7:28 pm

Man, remember when you could buy a Pentax 67 for $50 on ebay? Those were the days.

Comment from Bikeboy
Time: July 30, 2014, 8:01 pm

I’ve thought long and hard about purchasing a DSLR – and the D40 is on my short list when considering functionality vs. cost. Someday I’ll spring. But…

In the meantime I’ve been very, VERY happy with several pocket-size point-n-shoot digital cameras. Right now I’m shooting with a little Panasonic that must be 10 years old, and a newer Nikon D5200 that has a better imager and a wider-range lens. It’s amazing what you can do, with a camera the size of a pack of cigarettes. (Yeah, the quality isn’t DSLR, but I’m not making 24×36 inch enlargements, either.)

HERE are some D5200 photos I snapped while riding motorcycle in the Colorado rockies earlier in the month. (I’d NEVER take a DSLR on such an adventure… to big and I might end up dropping it!)

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 30, 2014, 8:59 pm

Great shots, Bikeboy! Love that fabulous locomotive… Were they with the Nikon?

Comment from Bikeboy
Time: July 30, 2014, 10:07 pm

Yep, they were all shot with the Nikon D5200.

A couple are “panorama shots,” where I took two side-by-side photos and subsequently stitched ’em together using “photoshop lite.”

(The beauty of the pocket camera is having it with you! A DSLR with big glass is fantastic! But having it typically involves planning to shoot some photos. The pocket camera can be with you when you stumble into a Kodak Moment.)

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: July 30, 2014, 10:12 pm

I sometimes wondered what kind of camera you had because you were pretty good with that thing.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 30, 2014, 10:31 pm

I agree, Bikeboy. Both The Weasel and I use pocket cameras, too. Her Stoatliness has a great little Pentax and I have the latest in a long line of Canon Powershots that I’ve owned.

Trouble is, an SLR spoils you. Even viewed on my laptop screen the images from my SLR are markedly better than from the Canon.

Fine shots from your Coolpix, though!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: July 31, 2014, 12:33 am

Hubby LUSTS for a DSLR. When he gets hot and heavy for one, I put a brick in small backpack I keep for just this lesson and take him for a day of walking in the city. Cures him every time. I have a little Nikon pocket camera that does great for what I want.

Comment from Some Muldoon
Time: July 31, 2014, 1:16 am

Get a D800 or Df and a passel of the old fixed focal length glass lenses (and some of the zooms) that a) are dirt cheap, and b) better than the new stuff. The 55 f3.5 Micro on a D800 will put yer eye out, and the f4 80-200 is a thing of wonder.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: July 31, 2014, 2:55 pm

And a surgical support, Some Muldoon. All done with the days of lugging around bags full of stuff. Usually only to find that someone with talent (ie not me – I have zero graphic imagination) has taken a better pic with a handheld.

One DSLR (for the sake of an optical viewfinder mostly) and at most two zooms and that’s my lot these days.

Comment from Some Muldoon
Time: July 31, 2014, 4:22 pm

Uncle Badger, your point is taken, and for general toting around my kit is about the same as yours – plus the 55 Micro as I do a lot of macro stuff.

As far as handhelds go, it all depends on what you mean by better, the trouble with pocket cameras (and phones) is that the sensors are tiny and hence the pixels tiny (plus the lenses not so hot), so they are OK for a computer screen or small prints. However, if you need extreme detail or want to make big prints, there is no substitute for a big sensor even if the pixel count is the same as a smaller one.

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