February 24, 2006

current obsession: canon digital rebel xt 350D

Yeah, this is pretty much why I want one.

Erik and I have been talking about cameras. A lot. We spend more time than we should waxing poetic about how awesome getting DSLRs would be - and then one of us will abruptly come to the conclusion that, no, it's not necessary right now. And this sad cycle repeats itself over and over, several times an hour. We also spend hours and hours on the weekends (and weeknights, and at work) browsing the Flickr Interestingness pages, drooling over some of the amazing photos people have taken - wishing it could be us - if we only had a DSLR... It's just not healthy!

So, an additional, though small, raise for me just went through today - retroactive starting from last October. And I've just sent in the paperwork for a nice little tax refund. And I have a $25 Blingo VISA winnings gift card burning a hole in my wallet and a $100 Lowe's gift card that, well, Lowe's doesn't sell cameras - but what I'm trying to say is - if I'm gonna splurge, now's the time.

I've been teeter-tottering between the 350D and the more higher-end Canon 20D. And Canon just announced the successor to the 20D range - the 30D. The 20D (with a cheapo kit lens) is selling for around $1200; the 30D, which won't be out until April or May, will be going for about $1500; and the 350D is selling in the mid-$800s. I'm not really interested in the 30D at this point. But the 20D still has a certain call - even though I've seen many a product of the 350D on Flickr that's just as fantastic-looking as any 20D photo.

*Sigh*

Erik and I have tentative plans to drive out to a local camera shop tomorrow morning to check out some of their stock - play with the cameras, and maybe even a couple of lenses. I'm totally excited about it: I'm contemplating whether or not to shoot in RAW format, I've decided on my first additional lens (the cheapo but universally-adored Canon 50mm f/1.8 II), I'm checking into the differences in speed benchmarks between the SanDisk Ultra II and SanDisk Extreme III Compact Flash cards - basically, I'm getting WAY ahead of myself.

But isn't this what makes a Friday night fun? Or is that just me?

UPDATE: We got one! Each! How dorky are we?


posted by julie at February 24, 2006 05:44 PM

things people have said

I really do recommend the 350D. I bought it last October and couldn't imagine shooting with anything else.

so said: marie b. at February 26, 2006 12:59 PM

pretty dorky, yes.

so said: erik at February 27, 2006 09:20 AM

I love working with RAW format images, I find that it's especially handy to maniupulate levels, colours (that's for "u" Erik)and resolution of RAW images in photoshop cleanly and concisely, which is handy when you want to make something large like a poster. Which I'm sure you'll be wanting to do any day now ... congrats on your new cameras dorks, I'm soooo jealous!

so said: Rachel at February 27, 2006 01:25 PM

rachel - i think at some point i'll switch over to shooting in the RAW format. right now i'm trying to figure out how to manipulate the various camera-settings to make it shoot the way i want - composition, depth of field, not being too frickin' dark! - then i'll get to tackle the whole color-correction, post-processing fun (THAT'S the part that really intimidates me!!).

so said: julie at February 27, 2006 05:08 PM



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