For some reason, I never wrote about it here, but back in the spring of 2009 I started asking around for advice and comments to help me pick a good digital single-lens reflex camera (DSLR). I would be a first-time buyer for this type of camera. I’ve owned film and digital point-and-shoot cameras as well as entry-level film SLRs, but I would still consider myself very much an inexperienced photographer.
It took me a while, and my decision was based mostly on value and price rather than this year’s coolest technology. The camera I chose was Canon’s Rebel EOS XS.
Thanks to Denise, I found out that Sam’s Club was offering a kit consisting of the Rebel XS body, 18-55mm standard zoom lens, 75-300mm telephoto zoom lens, 2GB memory card, and gadget bag. The price for all of this was still quite a bit less than the camera I had originally been thinking of purchasing. This is one of Canon’s entry level DSLR models and also one that has been around for quite a while. Despite the fact that the technology is older, the specs and features are more than adequate for what I want to do and what I need to learn.
So I asked Dan to pick up the camera kit for me on a recent run to Sam’s Club. After an overly busy week at work, I finally got to play with it a little bit yesterday. That photo of Oliver up there, and those of Freya and Axe below, were shot in autofocus mode and little else, just to make sure everything was working. And it is, so now it’s time to actually learn how to use this thing!
(NaBloPoMo | October ’10: 3 of 31)