The Nikon. Why do I use The Nikon? The only real answer is that if you don't already know, I can't explain it, you just have to do it yourself. But I'll try.
There's something about the way it feels in the hand. The polycarbonate. The balance.
The way the controls fall under the fingers. As if the machine's designer had hands. And fingers. And a thumb. That were hooked up pretty much like mine are. Everything just feels ... right.
And there's the sound. That little clop-snap as the instrument makes the image. Bang. I push the button, and it takes a picture. It's not like other cameras. When you look through the little hole in the back, and looking, really seeing it, you wait until.. clop-snapthere, that's the instant. That's The Nikon. The Nikon is there in that instant. The image.
And the lens. Then the lens. The 18-55 lens. Soft when you first get it, but after you drop it a couple of times it gets ... this glow. This amazing look that's not like other lenses. People recognize it instantly, it looks like nothing else. The Dropped Nikkor Glow. It's why I shoot The Nikon. I can't get that glow in Photoshop, because I haven't bought the right pack of actions.
But it's really the feel of The Nikon. You can't explain it, you just have to pick it up and work with it for a thousand frames, or ten-thousand. Did you know that Henry Carter-Brassaï said that your first 10,000 pictures are your worst? He used The Nikon. And I do too. It's the way it feels. It's the Images you can Make with it