Life With A Nikon D7000 (Or, How I am No Longer Driving My Wife Crazy!)

It wasn’t that long ago when my wife considered hitting my head with a mallet any time I opened my mouth.  It seemed  only one thing would ever come out… something like,  “I want an official Nikon Model D7000 Digital SLR Camera with Full HD Video, with two card slots in the side and this screen on the back which tells time!”  My poor wife, the one who pays the bills around here, could only groan when confronted with my obsession.  I couldn’t blame her.  It was ungodly expensive, and just an awful lot to expect on our tight budget.

One morning, after we had finished opening presents (not really) my wife asked me, “Well Babe, did you get everything you wanted?”  

“Almost”, I said. 

“Ah, almost. Well there’s always next year.”

“Yep” I replied with a sigh.  The next thing I knew she was pointing to some boxes hiding behind the desk across the room, and she had a loving smile upon her face and a mischievous twinkle in her eye.

“Hey… What’s that over there?  Why don’t you go check it out?” 

I went to the desk and carefully lifted up three boxes.  Tearing through the wrapping paper on the smallest box, I immediately saw the ‘Nikon’ logo and knew my dream had finally come true!  (Not really — it didn’t happen like this at all… but it makes good drama ) In only a few moments, I stood before my wife holding a Nikon D7000 with an 18-200mm VRII Nikkor Zoom Lens… and a Tamrac Camera bag to boot… just awesome! 

My wife was happy for me, but I could tell she was worried I’d take a photo of some big bruiser on the street somewhere who would then punch my eye out.


Honestly… it was very difficult to come up with the cash for my Nikon D7000… and my wife is the Champ of Champs for putting up with me through it all.  I love the camera… I just love it.  I’m getting much better with it and I enjoy shooting with it in full manual whenever I go on a photographic mission.  How does this post relate to Niagara Falls?  Well… only weakly I admit… but we have a trip to Niagara planned this September, and if you would have asked me a year ago if I thought I’d have my Nikon in time for my next Niagara trip, I would’ve said, “Only in my dreams.” 

I have many material possessions in life… I have a shop full of quality tools and nice machines… I have a metal lathe, a milling machine, a table saw, all sorts of woodworking equipment and many other items just too numerous to mention.  My wife is the best.  If it was not for her, I would have none of those things.  It is always tough, but somehow she makes sure I eventually get what I want in life… she’s awesome… the best wife ever.  She calls me ‘Babe’ and she really loves me… and at those times when life kicks me into the dirt, she is always there to help me get on my feet again.  She’s better than any camera or anything else I could want.  As material possessions go however, my Nikon D7000 beats everything else I own in life… hands down.  I finally own one… after years of wanting a Nikon Digital SLR.  I still can hardly believe it!

There in the blackness lay my Nikon D7000, my rubber-gripped, weather-sealed beauty.  The best gift to myself I’d ever received, or would ever receive.  Gradually I drifted off to sleep, capturing images of ducks on the wing and getting off spectacular hip shots. (With Apologies to Jean Shepherd.)


~ by Greg Nold on June 21, 2011.

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