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Hooray! A New Camera!

In Fun on July 19, 2012 at 10:58 pm

All my life I have only used a point and shoot camera.

These past 5 years, I have been using a Kodak Share camera. It was great in the beginning. Over time I outgrew it. I was no longer just taking pictures of knitting and sewing projects. I was chasing after Elly, trying to catch every cute expression and every new milestone.

The Kodak failed in me in several ways.
It was horrible at taking pictures in low light, which accounts for our entire house.
The flash distorted the colors of the pictures I took. The first thing I typically did before shooting was to turn the flash off, which meant I lost a lot of pictures to blur, but at least they looked better.
The maximum amount of pictures it could take back to back was 3. Once I snapped #4, an hourglass popped up with the word “processing” underneath.

Then, the camera started to break. I’m not sure it was built to take pictures every single day like I do.
Half the time when I pushed the On/Off button, it didn’t turn on.
When it did turn on, sometimes it froze and wouldn’t allow me to take a picture.
That was the nail in the coffin. The rest I could put up with, but I demand that a camera turn on and allow me to take pictures. So, it is now headed to the landfill.

Meet my new camera.

It’s a Canon Rebel XS (purchased from eBay used). I purchased the body only. Then, I bought a new lens, a 85mm f1.8 Canon lens. It’s touted as being a great lens for taking portraits, which will be perfect when taking pictures of Elly.

Elly got a new camera too, a Vtech Kidizoom.

Don’t you just love how the background is blurred?

And it can take black and white shots.

Though I have to read the manual to figure out how to duplicate this shot. I don’t know what I did, but I love it!

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  1. OOO I need a new camera! Checking out your links! You girls look so cute with your new cameras! *giggle*
    Vicki

  2. Thanks, Vicki!
    I did a lot of research before buying this camera. I wanted an SLR … that I could afford … and that would take awesome shots of Elly, family get-togethers and my hobbies. If you are going to be taking mostly close up shots of your knitting, spinning, dyeing, then I would recommend a macro lens for you. More expensive, but better suited. It all depends on what you need a camera for. Happy hunting!

  3. Congrats on the new camera! I just bought a point and shoot for my son, Sony DSC-WX150, for a trip he’s taking next week to South Africa. (yikes) But it has a “blur the background” feature that I can’t wait to try out myself!

    • It’s a nice feature. I love it! Plus, it means I don’t have to do a clean sweep of the house or zoom in ultra close to hide the background before taking pictures. Because who keeps a neat house? Well, I suppose some people do, but I have better things to do … like take a bunch of pictures. Ha!

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