A letter to my Nikon


My dearest Nikon D600,

You are a lovely camera.  Yes, it is true that I had some doubts about you in the beginning.  But that was only because I was still getting over my break-up with the Canon 7D… which was not a totally reasonable decision.  Its only fault was that it wasn’t a full-frame camera.  I hated to part with the 7D, but the words of my college digital photography professor kept resonating in my head: “A full frame sensor will always outperform a cropped sensor any day.”  Ugh. Why did he have to say that?  Is that even true?  I wasn’t going to be at peace until I owned a full-frame camera.   How I ended up with a Nikon when all I’ve ever owned were Canons is a story in itself… for another time.

At any rate, we have been together for 2 years now, and I have slowly fallen in love with you. I truly have. But I’m afraid that I have not used you to your full potential.  I have acquired three good lenses for you since the beginning of our relationship (50mm f/1.4, 28mm f/1.8, and 105mm f/2.8), which leaves me no excuses for not spending more time with you.

My only reservation is this:  I lack knowledge.  I still feel like I have no idea what I’m doing and sometimes wonder if I even deserve such a beauty as yourself.  I’m  so embarrassed at my lack of knowledge about you, which is the reason why I don’t take you out in public very often.  Trust me, it’s not you.  It’s ME.

I need time.  I need more time to get to know you and everything that you are capable of doing.  I don’t have the doubts about you that I once did.  I have seen the results of what you can do when I have accidentally done everything right on those few occasions.

Please be patient with me, darling, and sooner or later, I will know you inside and out.  Then, you will no longer be ashamed to be seen with me in public.  You will know that the hands that are holding you are neither ignorant nor inexperienced.

I promise.

Yours truly,


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