“With a few flowers in my garden, half a dozen pictures and some books, I live without envy.”
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Quite a shot, isn't it? I took it yesterday with my new camera, a Canon Rebel XT. If you want to be even further creeped out, click on it for even more ghastly detail.
I researched quite a few SLR's before going with the Canon, and it does not disappoint. I shot this photo of Larry displaying the fangs of a rattler using the lens that came with it, a modest EF-S18 - 55 mm. On Thursday I will upgrade to a more powerful one. It is mind-boggling how much people will pay for a good lens - and what a difference they can make. My husband has remarked that I will be easy to buy for now. My photographic wish list grows by leaps and bounds.
Since I bought the camera last Thursday, I've shot hundreds of photos. I've blown several of them up to 8 x 10, including this up-close shot of my cat, Piper, without losing a bit of resolution.
I haven't found the size of the camera to be a problem. Some reviewers complained it was too small, but I have small hands so find it comfortable. It shoots at 3 frames per second, so I was able to get some awesome pics of Lucas jumping in mud puddles. The different settings make it perfect for getting quick candid shots.
The only thing I'd recommend against is using the black and white setting. It's better to get the shot in color and use Photoshop to grayscale it. The Canon comes with a photo editing software, ArcSoft, but I wasn't as impressed with it as I am with Photoshop.
When I went shopping for the camera, I saw that the new Rebel XTi was out. It has 10.1 megapixels to the Rebel XT's eight, and a larger LCD screen. But as one of my photographer friends pointed out, you can get wonderful blow-ups from a 4 megapixel camera. Apparently, as megapixels go, a 2 point difference isn't worth the $200 difference in price. "Invest the price difference in a good lens instead," he advised. So that's what I'm going to do. A larger LCD display screen would have been nice. The Rebel XT only has a 1.8", but if you're like me you really don't even think of critiquing photos until you have them downloaded and blown up.
All in all, I'd highly recommend this camera. The guy who sold it to me was also in the market, and was trying to decide between the Rebel XT and a Nikon. I stopped by yesterday and showed him my photos and now he's decided to go with the Rebel XT himself. I wonder if I should ask Costco for a commission.