RIP Mr. Entry Level Nikon

RIP Mr. Entry Level Nikon

October 26, 2007 – December 24, 2011

We’ve been through a lot together, Mr. Entry Level Nikon and me. We were an inseparable pair. We traipsed our way through Kentucky, Indiana, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Missouri, Hawaii and Washington DC. We captured beauty within our world, watched my children grow and we shared my family’s memorable moments.

My constant companion, Mr. Entry Level Nikon was the best boyfriend I’ve ever had and will be sorely missed.


  1. by Jodi Hall on January 3, 2012  6:37 pm Reply

    He is on his way to camera heaven :P he was a good camera.

  2. by Kim on January 3, 2012  6:40 pm Reply

    I wish I had some advice but I have yet to get a "big girl" camera yet. Good luck....he was a good camera.

  3. by Amy on January 3, 2012  6:45 pm Reply

    Good luck on your camera search!

  4. by alicia on January 3, 2012  6:53 pm Reply

    RIP! You know I'm a canon girl, regardless of what others may say...

  5. by Genny on January 3, 2012  6:57 pm Reply

    I saw your link on another WW site and wanted to stop by and say hi. I'm so glad your test results came back clear. One of my best friends and my mother in law are both breast cancer survivors, so when I saw your note, I was glad to hear you were relieved.

    Genny :)

  6. by SarahinSC on January 3, 2012  7:42 pm Reply

    Oooh! Now you get to get a new camera! How exciting!

  7. by Teresa on January 3, 2012  8:00 pm Reply

    Glad to hear that your biopsy was good news. I am so sorry for your loss of your dear friend. I love my Nikon D3100.

  8. by Robyn on January 3, 2012  8:04 pm Reply

    Last fall I got a Canon PowerShot SX 30. It has an awesome zoom. I really enjoy it, but need to do some reading about all the fancy functions it has.

  9. by Kimberly on January 3, 2012  8:29 pm Reply

    Sorry to hear about your camera! Can't wait to see what you decide to get. If it were me, I'd go with a Nikon D7000.

    • by Lizz on January 3, 2012  10:13 pm Reply

      My own Mr. Entry Level (D50) passed away in the fall, and I replaced him with Mr. D7000, who turns out to be the camera of my dreams! I can't say enough good things!

  10. by secret mom thoughts on January 3, 2012  8:31 pm Reply

    So sad to see a good camera die! Have fun picking out a new one.

  11. by Paula Kiger on January 3, 2012  8:32 pm Reply

    Sorry, Kristi, I have no clue about how to give camera advice. I hope you get something that is as good to you as Mr. Nikon was!

  12. by Dagmar ~ Dagmar's momsense on January 3, 2012  8:43 pm Reply

    I was going to buy myself a better camera and ended up buying the same again, but a newer version. Hated it and returned it. So I want to know what you end up buying!

    He certainly hung in there for quite a while, considering you take pictures all the time :)

  13. by Dominique@Dominique's Desk on January 3, 2012  8:52 pm Reply

    Aww..sad to hear about your camera. Btw how long does a DSLR suppose to last? So what is the replacement you are getting?

  14. by Vivien on January 3, 2012  9:03 pm Reply

    Sorry for the loss of your camera, but glad you get to buy a new one :-) Sorry, I have no suggestions.

    Happy New Year!

  15. by Dawn on January 3, 2012  9:07 pm Reply

    Awe... cute post! I'm hoping you get the Nikon D7000. That's what I have and I LOVE it! Awesome camera! =)

  16. by alissa apel on January 3, 2012  9:16 pm Reply

    RIP camera! I'm sure you will miss it for now, but will love the upgrade!

  17. by Kerry Rossow on January 3, 2012  9:33 pm Reply

    Your sigh of relief was music to my ears!
    Thank you for sharing and for hosting.
    Happy Healthy New Year!
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  18. by Michelle @ One Crafty Mama on January 3, 2012  9:33 pm Reply

    So sad when an old camera friend bites the dust. I've worn a few out in my days. I am a die hard Canon girl so my suggestions lean in that direction. I had a Rebel (which is an entry level), loved it. When she died I upgraded to a Canon 50D (current model is the 60D). Loving it even more.

    Good luck finding a new camera!

  19. by Susan on January 3, 2012  9:37 pm Reply happy about those results!!! Excited about your new camera. Let us know what you decide.

  20. by Sarah on January 3, 2012  9:42 pm Reply

    Well you know I LOVE my Nikon D7000. :)

  21. by Annie @ Mama Dweeb on January 3, 2012  9:42 pm Reply

    I'm no help since I am a Canon girl LOL!! I'm going to go read your post about your breast lump. So happy it is all ok!

  22. by Lolli @ Better in Bulk on January 3, 2012  9:46 pm Reply

    I wish I had some suggestions for you. Honestly, I think you'll do just fine picking out a new camera. :) I can tell you which camera I husband's Canon 7D. My 40D is on it's last leg. Seriously. I can't trust it to do anything serious anymore. :(

  23. by Dave Keller on January 3, 2012  9:47 pm Reply

    I used to have a Nikon FM. It was a very good camera to that I started with to do nature photography. Unfortunately, a thousand or so pictures are still on slides and haven't been converted to digital yet. I don't do as much photography except occasional snapshots with a digital camera. Good luck with your next purchase. I'm not sure what to recommend since I have been away from the hobby as of late.

  24. by debi9kids on January 3, 2012  10:02 pm Reply

    thank God about your results! All those prayers flooding heaven worked. yea!

    I SO want a new camera, but mostly because I still just have a plain old Nikon, no bells and whistles.

  25. by Tricia on January 3, 2012  10:12 pm Reply

    So glad your results came back clear!
    I am currently shooting with a D60 and have completely outgrown it! I previously had a D70 and shoot with my Dad's D2X often. I am shopping too and have my eye on the D300s or the D7000. Because of the flooding at the Nikon factories in Thailand they are are hard to find right now. I like the D7000 but it feels small. The D300s has more AF points and feels more like the pro-line. Majority of the comparisons I read highly recommend the D7000 over the D300s because it has updated software and sensors. I keep waiting to hear more on the D400 that was supposed to be announced early last year that will take the best of the two cameras and put it into one.Sorry so wordy but I have stressed over what new camera to buy for the last two months. My b-day is March so I will make up my mind before then =)

  26. by angie on January 3, 2012  10:25 pm Reply

    RIP entry level Nikon! I can't wait to hear what you get.


  27. by SJB on January 3, 2012  10:33 pm Reply

    Follow You :).

  28. by The Drama Mama on January 3, 2012  10:42 pm Reply

    My P&S Canon powershot died a miserable death a few months ago, too, so I am stuck with my iPad camera now. It's better than nothing and thank God for CS5!

  29. by Halie on January 3, 2012  11:00 pm Reply

    First off, it's great reading about the good news. As for the camera replacement, I just hope that you find the perfect match for you.

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  31. by veronica lee on January 3, 2012  11:39 pm Reply

    RIP,Mr Entry Level Nikon! I felt the same when I had to part with my Mr Nikon Coolpix!

    Happy WW!

  32. by rachel on January 3, 2012  11:52 pm Reply

    I upgraded my D60 (which I LOVED) to a D5100 (which I LOVE more). I decided not to get the D7000 because I like the compactness of the D5100, and honestly, I'm no professional, I don't need a "professional" camera. Can't wait to hear what you decide on!

  33. by Tabitha Blue on January 4, 2012  12:13 am Reply

    So sad :( So, so sad. Oh, and I happen to love the Canon 5D!

  34. by Alexia @ Babies & Bacon on January 4, 2012  12:18 am Reply

    Awwww man. Poor old buddy. But the good news? New camera time!! Can't wait to see the magic that happens with the new guy ;)

  35. by Sweaty on January 4, 2012  12:26 am Reply

    I'm glad to hear of the good news, Kristi! I had the same experience a few years back, three large lumps that turned out to be Fibroadenoma in my right breast. Waiting for the results was a nightmare I didn't want to relive again.

    Here's a farewell to your old camera, wishing you a great and exciting journey with the new one!

  36. by Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails on January 4, 2012  1:13 am Reply

    I am on my entry level point & shoot digital, LOL... My hubby would stay in the nikon family, he drools over one when ever we are near... he has an manual one so he figures he can use the lenses on the dslr. he needs to stop shopping on other toys b 4 I let him spend on a new camera, Ha! glad you are recovery well. my good friend goes in tomorrow for her lumpectomy & I go friday for my neck... so here is to a happy healing 2012!

  37. by Robin from Israel on January 4, 2012  1:46 am Reply

    I'm so very happy for you that the news was good! I can't imagine having to wait that long simply because a doctor was cold and uncaring, and as a lactation consultant myself I couldn't agree more on the importance of taking charge of our own breast health. Here's to MANY more happy, healthy, and uneventful years!

    Moving on to the photo part - I dumped my own entry level Nikon (D40 in my case) for a D7000 about a year ago and haven't looked back since. I LOVE it!

    My photography is available for purchase - visit Around the Island Photography on etsy and Society6 and bring home something beautiful today!

  38. by Karly on January 4, 2012  1:57 am Reply

    I am so sad your camera died! But I am so relieved for your test results! I hope the biopsy and repeat ultrasound prove the tumor to be just a harmless annoyance. Good luck!

  39. by Jennifer on January 4, 2012  2:11 am Reply

    I cannot wait to see what you get! I'm on the market for a brand spanking new DSLR, but I'm deciding which "team" to play for! LOL! At first, I was Nikon all the way, but there are so many more affordable Canon options! Oh well, I love your photos, I can't wait to see what you and your new bf will do! :-)

  40. by Maya on January 4, 2012  3:38 am Reply

    i was so sad to hear about your camera on FB! hope you find a good replacement soon!

  41. by Nadege on January 4, 2012  4:32 am Reply

    Sorry about your camera. I suggest the Nikon D7000, I purchased it recently and I love it.

  42. by Stacy Uncorked on January 4, 2012  7:26 am Reply

    SO happy about your test results! Sad about your camera...RIP. Last Christmas I finally bought a Nikon D5000 - I love it! I kept waffling between that and a comparable Canon, but ultimately got the Nikon. :) Good luck with your shopping - can't wait to see what you ultimately get! :)

  43. by ErikaPrice on January 4, 2012  8:02 am Reply

    I just got a Panasonic FZ48 and I'm thrilled with it, but I'm guessing you need something much more sophisticated! Also, see that you've had the all clear & just wanted to say - HOORAY!

  44. by Nicolette on January 4, 2012  9:22 am Reply

    Sorry to hear about your camera, hopefully you will decide on a new one soon. I have a Canon 60D and love it! Thanks for hosting.

  45. by Megan - Best of Fates on January 4, 2012  9:38 am Reply

    That's so sad - I'm so sorry for your loss! But just think of the new, exciting relationship you're about to start. How thrilling!

  46. by Kristy @PampersandPinot on January 4, 2012  10:02 am Reply

    You're right - major relief for now. The good thing is that if something were to ever go wrong with it, you'll already be aware of it and monitoring. Hopefully you can find some comfort in that.

  47. by BF on January 4, 2012  11:25 am Reply

    Sorry to hear about your camera, or was it an upgrade? Either way, it would be a sad day if it had been with you through so much!

  48. by Jaymi on January 4, 2012  12:07 pm Reply

    I shot with the Nikon D70 forever and upgraded last year to the Nikon D90 and I LOVE IT! It's easy to learn cuz the menus are so similar to the earlier models and its an AWESOME camera! I've heard great things about the Nikon D7000 too, which I would go for, depending on your budget!

  49. by Cori on January 4, 2012  12:53 pm Reply

    oh no what happened??? I got the Nikon D5000 last april and L.O.V.E it!!!

  50. by Deanna@Snippets from Springdale on January 4, 2012  12:56 pm Reply

    Well, a big sigh of relief that you received a good report on your breast lump. I have had 2 of those scares, so I know the fear!! And fyi, I have a Nikon D7000 that I am absolutely in love with.

  51. by EdT. on January 4, 2012  12:58 pm Reply

    One of the few camera makes I have never owned is Nikon. However, if you don't have a lot invested in lenses, you might check out the mirrorless Nikon J1/V1 camera systems, or if you aren't tied to Nikon, I would heartily endorse the Olympus E-P3 (I still love my E-P2.) Interchangeable lenses, light weight, small size - what's not to love?

    Got MILC? :-)

    Happy WW!

  52. by Run DMT on January 4, 2012  1:18 pm Reply

    LOL I wish I could help, but I'm still learning over here. :-D

    So glad to hear about the good news! I've been meaning to catch up on your blog to see how things were going. Sorry for not being there for you to help celebrate your sigh of relief. Big hugs to you! xoxoxoxox

    Just before Christmas, we found out that my daughters' preschool teacher has breast cancer. Can't even think about it without crying! I shared her story for WW today. Many prayers requested for her quick recovery.

  53. by Gina on January 4, 2012  2:38 pm Reply

    Exciting that a new camera is on the horizon. I have the Canon T3i and it is an awesome workhorse & has a lot of the features I was looking for without jumping into the larger price tag. In fact- I actually just saw it on Amazon for about $200 less than what I paid for it 6 months ago at Best Buy. So a bit irritated at that. :) However - since you have a Nikon & probably don't want to switch all your lenses too- I think the Nikon D3100 is a really decent camera & I saw it for a very reasonable price on Amazon. The D5100 is also really good & aside from the MP- is pretty comparable to mine. I know a few people that have the D7000 & they take fantastic photos with it. Anyhow- those would be my top picks depending on the price point you are at. Can't wait to see what you choose.

  54. by Julie {Angry Julie Monday} on January 4, 2012  4:07 pm Reply

    RIP D60. I got a new camera last year, the D700 but of course, it was pricey. What happened with your D60. We have one too and I was just about to send it out for service. I'm wondering if I should even bother?

    • by Kristi on January 4, 2012  5:09 pm Reply

      My D60's shutter jammed. :( I asked my husband to photograph the kids and me in front of tree on Christmas Eve and he proceeded to push the shutter button repeatedly thinking he could get through the arduous task of photographing us quicker. All he did was piss off my shutter. :(

  55. by Georgia on January 5, 2012  5:41 am Reply

    I'm in the "just met" stage with my camera. I think I'm falling in love... I’m hosting a new photo challenge called Simply Silver Sunday. Hope you will stop by and enter. Please visitSimply Silver
    for details. Thanks! Happy New Year!

  56. by SassyModernMom on January 6, 2012  8:29 pm Reply

    I adore my camera like another child:) Best of luck as you search for your next one!

  57. by SassyModernMom on January 6, 2012  8:29 pm Reply

    I adore my camera like another child:) Best of luck as you search for your next one!

  58. by Tina @ Wedding Favors on January 6, 2012  10:40 pm Reply

    OMG! I feel bad. Just felt bad knowing the Mr Nikon is in Camera heaven now. :(

  59. by Carolyn on January 11, 2012  11:25 am Reply

    Hi there! First time linking up!

    Sorry to hear about your camera :(

    I have Nikon D300s and looooove it! I recommend it :)

    Love the glasses btw :)

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  61. by Leah H. on January 14, 2012  12:03 am Reply

    Poor Mr. Camera:( Hope you will find the one that you are looking for:)

    Visiting late for WW! Here's my share- hope you can visit:)

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