Anyone that truly knows me, knows that I do not rush into a purchase. I research, read, question, test and pretty much over think it to the end of the earth and back. I have a few resources I love to pour over online and in print. Two being Kim Komando and Consumer Reports. I don't know what we did before the internet!?!
It was kind of creepy last month when the issue of Consumer Reports was all about product reviews for remodeling your home--flooring, appliances, etc. It's almost like they were in my head and knew just what I was looking for as our house sold and the land deal was signed.
So I have been researching a new digital SLR. I had a regular SLR for years. Fancy lenses and all the bells and whistles. (It took me a few years to buy that one too...the money I had for it sat in a savings account for over a year accruing interest) I was getting pretty good at it too when this digital thing happened. The turning point was our trip to Alaska. I didn't want to carry all the film around and I didn't want to get stuck with developing any shots that didn't turn out. So we bought a Kodak Easyshare DX6490.
It was a work horse of a camera! Took awesome pictures throughout out trip to Alaska and back home since then.
My only complaint was it's inability to take pictures inside of a gym. I was sitting in the second row when I took this picture...full gym lighting. Flash did nothing but give everyone red eye.
The 'noise' was horrible in low light and with all the events and award ceremonies my kids have these days in gyms with poor lighting...so 5 years and many pictures later...it was time to move back to a real SLR again that I can manually set to compensate for what the Kodak can't do. We aren't getting rid of it. CC is already marked it as hers. Should come in handy on those bone digs she dreams of heading up someday!
So I was trying to decide between three cameras; the Nikon D60, the Canon Rebel Xti and the Canon Rebel Xsi. They all had their pros and cons. The Nikon had the most cons, so I crossed that one off the list early on. The Canon Rebel was the winner hands down among the photography buff friends I have and the reviews I read online (yes, including Consumer Reports). So with all the reading and researching and picking my friends' brains for information I chose....
It came with two lenses, camera bag to hold everything and directions in English AND Spanish. So I can work on dusting off my second language even! Anyway, what sold me was the two lenses, how easy it fit in my hand, and the light weight, even with the larger lense on it.
It is larger, just a bit, than the Xti, but lighter in weight...go figure. It has 12 mega pixels vs the 14 or so that the Xti has, but too many megapixels will also add 'noise' to your photos and as far as increased pixelation goes...2 more mp's is not much of a difference. I bought it at Costco because we get a great rebate and if I have any trouble with it, they have a great return policy.
I haven't gotten through the entire manual yet. There are so many features on this camera. Not that I don't know how to use the features, but it's just navigating the buttons to get to them :-) But I've been playing with it none the less. Here are a couple shots I've taken so far.
This one was taken south of Spokane off highway 195. Q's friend just moved out there...it's sooo pretty!
Cricket...uh..her name...not her species. LOL!
cool old stuff around this county!
The neighborhood deer munching on clover.
Well, I have a lot to learn again about using an SLR...but it's coming back. I just need to get out and find some more fun stuff to photograph!