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Sunday, December 13th, 2009

A couple weeks ago I purchased a new digital camera. I had been using a 7.1mp Nikon point-and-shooter but it wasn't going to be able to keep up with my future demands. I still like the little Nikon, it takes wonderful pictures, but it's just too slow. When using the flash it takes like 4 seconds to recharge to take the next picture. At a wedding that means you have 1 shot at getting the bride walking down the aisle.

I wanted to a digital SLR because their so much more versatile. I could get a monster zoom lens to snoop on the neighbors, and still take macro shots of little stuff to sell on Craigslist. The ability to tweak things like aperture, shutter speed and ISO ('film' speed) make it so much easier to get a good picture in a much wider range of environments.

These cameras are rather expensive and since I'm a cheap bastard I decided to raise the money by selling random stuff I had around the house on eBay, Craigslist and a friend's garage sale. I also got some money for my birthday from my parents that I added to the pot.

I ended up getting a Canon Rebel T1i (500D) bundled with an 18-55mm image-stabilizing lens. I was looking at possibly getting the XSi because it was cheaper, but that technology is a few years old. I don't often have to have the latest and greatest, but this time I did. It's 15mp so I can print posters from the pictures I take and it takes high-definition video! It'll do 1080p at 20fps (useless), or 720p at 30fps using H.264 as the codec wrapped up in a quicktime (.mov) container. This format can be uploaded directly from the camera to sites like Youtube without any processing.

Canon Rebel T1i

I like this camera so far and the more I learn how to use it the more I like it. I'm not sure I like the lens that came with the kit though. Generally speaking it's okay, but pictures seem to be a little softer than I think they should be. Even when I switch to manual focus it's tough to get a really sharp picture. I've done some research and found that the most inexpensive lens Canon makes in their EF line is a 50mm that supposedly takes razor-sharp pictures. It also supposedly takes excellent low light shots. Maybe I'll sell some more crap and buy one of those lenses to play with. Sure it doesn't zoom, but I can always zoom with my feet.

 

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