New Toy!

For Christmas, or maybe just because I’d been asking for one for a long time, Kristin gave me the go ahead to pick up a DSLR camera.  I found a really great deal courtesy of slickdeals and was able to make it happen cheaply enough that I didn’t feel super guilty about the investment.

Specifically, I am now the proud owner of a Canon Rebel XS, which is a 10 megapixel camera that you actually need to use the view finder for.  It comes with a lens in the normal kit and Amazon is sending me a telephoto lens via USPS that is supposed to be here sometime in January.  Of course since it came tonight, I had to unbox it and try it out.  Here are some of the pictures I took.  Click on them to get the big images.  And they are big, I am going to need to figure out how to compress them or something 🙂

Let’s hope that I can someday do the camera justice.  I think it is going to be fun trying!


3 thoughts on “New Toy!

  1. Nick

    You did get it! I went camping this last weekend down at the lake and a friend brought the Rebel with the 300mm lens. The smaller lens has a stabilizer in it which is nice. It was a lot of fun to use and sharp pictures. I even snapped pics of passing cars just to see how they could turn out at long distances. You could later zoom in through the windshields and see a perfectly clear expression. Only thing- you may want to consider a counterweight, the camera is pretty light when you get the big lens on. I saw that exact deal on slickdeals and seriously considered it.

    … but it will have to wait for now…

  2. Brandon

    Sweet! I’ve got a Rebel XT which is a few generations back. I’ve loved it. I can’t remember a time where I’ve went with something else besides Canon- although the Nikon D90 might make me re-evaluate this stance… Anyways, have fun with it!

  3. Nat Post author

    It has been a lot of fun so far. I am glad I jumped on it. I took it with me to the Juchems family Christmas and since I was a little embarrassed at having such a nice camera but not the skill to use it well I let family snap pictures with it. They seemed to be very impressed with the camera, mentioning how it is hard to get hands on experience with a DSLR because they are so expensive. At the same time, it is hard to justify the purchase without the experience. Long story short, I may have sold a couple more Rebels for Canon.

    I’ll remember that, Nick. It seems that I have many accessories to buy. I think that is all part of Canon’s evil plan 😛

    Is this the camera you used for those pics in that calendar, Brandon?

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