New Camera

Sunday, April 17, 2011
On Friday, I bought myself a new camera.  No simple point and shoot for this gal.  Nope, I went with an DSLR - a Canon Rebel T3i EOS.  Thank you McBain Camera, thank you!  I settled on this particular camera for a few reasons:  first of all, the price.  It was within my price range (although I probably should have put the money towards my student loan or my credit card...).  Even with the addition of a memory card, it still feel within what I had budgeted for a new camera.  I could have shelled out an additional 4 cents and picked it up in red at Futureshop but McBain Camera was just a few blocks from my house and they`re an actual camera store rather than a general electronics chain outlet.


Secondly, a couple of friends have the same camera or the T2 so I have people to go to when I have questions.  I`d spoken with them about the features, ease of use, etc and they both love their cameras so I figured this would be a good choice.  Thirdly, I love to search blogs and check out the photos people post.  More often than not, the photos I really like are taken using a Canon Rebel.  These are the type of pictures I want to take myself.  It helps if you have the camera.


I spent Saturday evening and this morning trying to understand the users manual and figure out what settings I need to use in order to take the photos I want.  Needless to say, I`m having some issues.  I don`t know the first thing about ISO settings, f/stops, or any of that stuff.  This could easily be the source of my troubles.  Perhaps I need to ask my buddies what settings they used for specific photos or if they use the same settings all the time, what they are (*cough cough* Kasia * hint hint*).  Using both the automatic and manual settings, somehow I managed to snap these few photos that I liked.  Three out of 53 isn't bad...right?  One thing I'm not happy about is the autofocus feature.  The camera whirrs and zooms in and out for 10 seconds and then decides to take the photo.  By that time, my subject has moved, moved on, or disappears completely.  And when I moved to the manual focus?  A bit more shakey.  Sigh.  Time and patience...  Not easy for a girl who wants to be able to shoot fantastic photos right as soon as the camera's out of the box.

8 comments:

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Those are lovely photos - very clear. Kudos to you for supporting a local for reals camera store. I will be doing the same with my local computer shop when my laptop eventually dies.

Have fun learning the ins and outs of your new camera!

Wandering Coyote said...

Oh, the challenges of a new camera. I'm still getting used to my new Canon, too. I also have my brother's Nikon D70 which is a DSLR. It's so heavy and bulky, though, and when I was using it for the paper, it was a pain to haul around. I'll have to look at yours to see if it's a smaller, lighter camera. I like the DSLR for sure, but it wasn't a practical choice for what I do. Nice of little bro to donate it to my cause, though.

You are going to have so much fun, though! I'm excited for you - and for your Flickr page!

Wandering Coyote said...

BTW, the ReTorte template is a work in progress...I'm not overly stoked about the new template designer in blogger...

Wandering Coyote said...

OK, just followed your link to your camera. OMG, that is a sweet camera!

This is the Nikon D70:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikon_D70

I have two long-assed removable lenses for it. Altogether, the thing weighs a ton and is very awkward.

nbrsspot.blogspot.com said...

I love seeing your kitty tats.. but I dont own a camera like yours. Mine is a Kodak Easy Share.. Its what we could afford at the time. I just dont own the printing dock for it. I wish I did. then I could just make my own photo's for my x-mas cards each year.. LOL.

Karen said...

Thanks Barb. I really wanted the red version futureshop wanted but I felt better buying from a locally owned shop that knew what they were doing.

Coyote, this certainly won't be an everyday camera - I still have my little point and shoot sony for that. However, its nice to have a really nice camera for special occasions and when I want a really great shot. Now if only I can figure the damn thing out! It isn't overly heavy although the lens does seem to weigh about the same as the body. I can see how it would be difficult (and awkward and possibly a pain in the neck - literally) to carry it around for any length of time.

Kasia said...

Hey! I'm not really an 'expert' lol. I use the auto focus and no flash for most of my photos. That's about it! I haven't even read my manual yet... ok maybe the first few pages. I want to eventually and as time goes on I know I want a couple more lenses to zoom zoom zoom ;)

sp said...

Great pictures!

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