My favorite camera of all-time is the Nikon DSLR and the very first one I ever used was the Nikon D1, which was released right around the turn of the century. The Nikon D1 was a big step up from the Kodak digital cameras and brought me into the age of GB camera cards which held much more photos than their MB ancestors. The Nikon DSLR D1 would be the first of many digital models the company would make leading to the evolution from compact flash cards to SD cards which we primarily use now in 2014 until the next big thing in camera cards emerges. Nikon’s most recent digital models, the D4S and D3X price for 6,500 and 8,000 dollars respectively, so it will be a long time before this photographer gets his hands on one of those unless just browsing at a store.
Nevertheless, the D5100 can be purchased for a much more mainstream price of 599 dollars. Some might even say 500 dollars is too much for a damn camera and who could argue with that logic except maybe Nikon or Canon.
Speaking of Canon, the two most notable camera companies have been the source of most of my photography in the last 10 years or so. I’ve either shot with Nikon or Canon and have found myself defending my preference numerous times. In case you’re wondering, one of Canon’s newest models sold in 2014, the EOS-1D X is going for about seven thousand bucks. That will be put on hold for maybe a decade or so as well.