If you don’t care to know more about my new camera, you should just skip this post.
A few of you peeps have inquired about my new camera…
It is the new Canon Rebel XSI EOS 450D… (newer version of the XTI).
I’ve been waiting on it to come out for more than six months. I have long been a fan of Canon, my non-digital SLR is a Canon, and I’ve had 3 Canon (pocket size) Elph Powershot cameras and been very happy with all. I knew I wanted a digital that I could use my existing lenses with, and I was somewhat comfortable with the settings and features. However, that being said, the digital is much better than my old SLR, and now I think my old lenses suck and want new ones, ahhh.
Of course I consulted my photographer friend Marla* (aka “mc”) and she suggested the lens that would be great for everyday use and for photographing interiors. She also has loaned me her Macro lens (great for close-ups, but does 90% of the time require a tripod, unless you have a very steady hand).
If you don’t have someone to consult, I’d suggest maybe going to a camera store and discussing your specific needs/desires with a real person. B&H has a “Live Help” chat option… not sure what kind of advice or what kind of person is behind the chat (ie: whether it’s help with placing an order online, or whether it’s a pro with photography knowledge)… which might be a helpful tool?
I bought the camera body from B&H. (You can also order it with a lens, but I already had the one they were offering with the camera body.)
“Being able to take a great photo really boils down to the lens, not the camera.” (mc)
“Also note: a great camera & lens do not make a great photographer, either you get it, or you don’t.” (mc)
“Use your lens cap.” (mc)
“Isn’t that lens so much better than the cheap one that came with your other camera?” (mc)
“Do not use those filters, you’re putting cheap glass in front of expensive glass.” (mc)
“This Hamburger Helper is the best I’ve ever had!!” (mc)
(please note: the lens I bought is far from the best available)
B&H was out of the lens I wanted. So I ordered mine from Amazon. It is the Tamron SP AF 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II Aspherical (IF) Lens with Hood. Super Wide Angle… which is great for many things, including interiors.
I am an amateur. I have had 2 courses in photography. One back in high school… it was a summer course at a local college (a not-for-credit course) and I also took one course in college. I have always loved photography… but it is a hobby for me. So, I really can’t give solid advice. I can only tell you that in the short week that I’ve had this camera I have fallen in love. If you buy this camera (or one like it) and have never had a course in photography (or a crash course from a photographer friend) then I’d suggest you plan to take a course after you buy it.
Someone asked about Photoshop… I just installed Photoshop on my computer about 6 months ago. I know a few tricks, but not many. Most of my previously posted images were raw (unedited), some that I posted yesterday were cropped, the curves were adjusted, the light was softened… that’s all I really know how to do.
Marla this morning, at WaterColor, photographing children. She needs an assistant.
*Disclaimer: Marla is a professional photographer, this is not an open invitation to ask her for photography advice or to borrow her equipment**. She & I trade services… I give her design advice, she gives me photography advice. It’s a
nice sweet deal. And yes, she is also on the receiving end of Hamburger Helper prepared fresh for her and her family, so she is forever indebted to me.
** Marla has taught photography in the past. If she decides to teach a course (which I have encouraged her to do) I’ll send out an email or post about it here***.
*** If she is still speaking to me after posting so much info about her here.