Monday, December 07, 2009

Time to Say Goodbye -- and Hello

After much deliberation, research, and prayer, I finally decided it was time for a new camera. I'd love to explore the area of photography, even if it's just on an amateur level -- but my trusty little $88 Samsung point-and-shoot has its limits.

Limits like "forget-about-taking-a-picture-inside-unless-you-want-to-use-the-flash-and-make-everyone-look-awful." Or "sure-you-can-take-a-picture-of-that-but-it's-going-to-turn-out-really-really-blurry."

So I went the refurbished route through Adorama, and pieced together my own little "kit." I decided on the Canon T1i, which I fell in love with as soon as I picked it up in Best Buy. Plus, it has video capability! Ironically, I don't have a very impressive picture of it because it's not quite advanced enough to take pictures of itself! *wink*

One telephoto lens, two lens filters, one HDSC card, and one incredibly cute camera bag later, I ended up with a great deal and an incredible camera.

I must rave a bit about the bag -- I spotted it at Best Buy, moments after my sister and I were lamenting the lack of "stylish" camera bags for large DSLR cameras. It's made by SwissGear, and it's perfect! I could do with a few more pockets, but the interior has customizable dividers that are quite handy. And I just love that it looks like a handbag rather than a backpack.

Since I received the camera on Saturday, I've been taking pictures of anything...

...and everything!

I'm learning so much from the instructional booklet -- so much that it's almost frightening! I don't think I have as many features as my camera does!

So Merry Christmas to me. And Happy Birthday. And Merry Christmas... for about the next ten years!


  1. Shannon - how exciting! We just switched from a Sony camera to a Canon 50D and we love it! You will not regret it. I highly *highly* recommend taking a class on digital SLRs. The class I took was at and is called "Oh Shoot." It isn't offered all the time, but probably late winter. (Not like you have anything ELSE to do in the near future! ;) )
    You will love a macro lens as well. I don't have one for my Canon yet, but I'm hoping one will show up under the tree. Have fun with it!

  2. What a nice camera, Shannon!!
    I'm hoping to upgrade to a better one sometime, as my $100 Polaroid i836 definitely has its limits too. :)

    ~ Blessings,

  3. Good for you! You're going to absolutely love it...even more than you do now! Which I know, is hard to believe. I love my camera, and surprisingly enough, I have yet to drop it and it's about 20 months old! (Yay!) ;)

    Enjoy your new treasure!


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