I’ve upgraded my camera from a Nikon D40 to a D90. (You can skip this wall of text if you don’t care about the details). What does this mean? Not a whole lot right now since I’m still learning how to use the camera which is a huge jump up from the D40 but promises to make my life easier in the long run. Highlights for me: more options when buying lenses – the D40 can only auto focus with lenses with internal motors, the D90 has an internal motor for auto focusing and can use less expensive lenses just as well – a fixed 50mm f/1.4 means prettier pictures that are cleaner in lower light or with blurrier backgrounds. Also less likely to need a flash using the camera handheld to get clear shots. More exciting: the D90 can be used to control flashes off camera. The D40 can only do this using the very expensive SB-800/SB-900 flash units on camera to control an inexpensive SB-600 (or yet another SB-800/900) off camera which is just silly as that would cost as much for the D90 body for the two flash units vs as little as $250 for the SB-600. Again this means for you prettier pictures and not much else. Minor detail: 12.something MP vs 6.something. 6 has always been enough on the D40, I doubt the extra will make much difference.
Playing around I took some pictures of some things today: the best are of some of our pets, plus an orchid.
I have a lot of free time right now and at least the first little bit will be spent learning the ins and outs of the new camera. Expect more pictures, but probably not until January. Happy New Year!