Lung disease and landscape photography doesn’t always work well together. Sometimes the slightest exertion for the normal person is more than I can handle for more than a few minutes. ‘Course, I didn’t think about this 5 years ago when I got my Nikon D810 and Tamron’s version of the holy trinity of zoom lenses – heavy camera and heavy glass. That may be because back then, I was a little healthier and was able to do more. Emphysema is a progressive disease though, so breathing becomes more difficult and I also become weaker. Carrying heavy gear around in a bag is tough enough, but lifting the camera and lens up to my eye a bunch of times on an outing trying to find a good composition can be quite a workout, like curling weights.
Changing the Way I Shoot Photos
I didn’t want to give up the D810, but there have been lots of times it was just too much to go out with that gear. It’s not easy to plan ahead in order to limit the amount of gear; you just never know what might present itself. But it was obvious I had to change my ways if making pretty photos was going to continue to be one of my favorite things to do. So recently I decided to look for a smaller, lighter camera that I could attach one of my lenses to and take only that setup on an outing. If I found something worthy, I could always go back with the D810 and tripod at a later time. This could be a good way to train myself to look for possibilities that would take advantage of only the focal range of the lens I had on the camera. To focus my attention, so to speak.
The camera I was considering was the Nikon D5600. That camera would take all the lenses I have, although the sensor size is one-third smaller. This has the effect of images appearing to be zoomed in more than what they look like on a full frame sensor, like my D810. The lens interchangeability and the lighter weight of the D5600 is why I made the decision to get the D5600. Before I had the D810, I was using a D5300, an older version of the current D5600 and I really enjoyed that camera. But I sold that camera to help get the D810.
How the Nikon D5600 Has Helped My Photography
The Nikon D5600 has been much easier to carry around. I usually attach my Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 (an equivalent of 36-105mm on the crop sensor), but sometimes the 70-200mm (equivalent to 105-300mm). There is a SpiderLight Hand Strap attached to prevent accidental drops (I have the first generation Spider Hand Strap on my D810 and love it). My tripod comes along in the Jeep, so it’s handy if I need it, but that tends to be far more exertion – walking back to the Jeep to get it, then set it up – than I can muster on the average day.
The new camera goes with me just about every time I leave the house. It’s just the camera, the lens I have chosen for the day and an extra battery. That’s not to say I shoot every time I go out, but I know that I can. For a long time now I have limited how far I walk away from my Jeep. Sometimes the distance is only 20 or 30′, once in a while I feel like I can venture farther. It’s okay though because I have 4-wheel drive, which gets me to places I could never get to otherwise. Not to mention just how much fun 4-wheel-driving is to begin with. And there’s always spare tanks of oxygen in the Jeep, an inhaler in my pocket and my cellphone for safety.
I’ve only had the Nikon D56oo for a short time, but I’ve managed to make a handful of nice photos with it so far. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed making them.