Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Canon 450D - the start of a new era

So now I have a grown-up toy, the brand new shiny spanking Canon 450D. I agonised for weeks over what my first DSLR would be, in the end it resulted in a standoff between the Canon and the new Nikon D60 and me bending the ear of the nice young man in Station Cameras for a couple of hours. At the end of the day I went for the pricier canon, for no reason other than it just felt "right" in my hands, had more buttons, and was a bit lighter.

My point and shoot Olympus (God Bless) had much of a DSLR's functionality (minus the lens'of course) and during our two year relationship I learned all about things like aperture, shutter speed, ISO, MF etc etc. However, it stopped hitting the mark about 6 months ago. All those little niggles that go unnoticed during those euphoric beginnings when you are really "into" one another started to grate more and more as time went on. The ISO range was limited, the colour matching sloppy, the f.levels just didn't fulfill expectations, and I grew bored of the way it looked and sounded. My eye started to wonder to other cameras, cameras that were more versatile, more fashionable...cameras that had bigger lens'. The Olympus (God Bless) and me were compatible for a long time, but I changed, I wanted more, and it was finally time to move on.

So now I have a new camera in my life. We are still discovering eachother and we haven't produced anything noteworthy yet but that will come. First impressions - the sharpness, clarity and colour matching are FANTASTIC. The macro function on the camera is OK, but as expected I will need a good macro lens to do anything really close up. It's a tad annoying that I can't alter any of the settings on the pre-set functions (e.g. macro, portrait, landscape), not even the exposure, but I should learn how to do my own settings anyway. It makes a very satisfying "clunk" when I take a picture (and no it's not a fake clunk), and it is much speedier starting up and processing pics. Here are some images straight out of the camera (no photoshopping), nothing special.

Nice DOF on AV

As close as I could get on Macro

Also on macro and on an ISO of 800 as the inside lighting wasn't great. Monochrome setting.

My most fantabulous socks to see how colours come out! Pretty accurate!


Laurie said...

I think our cats might be twins separated at birth. The resemblance is uncanny, really.

I very much enjoy photography, though I am sub-amateur at best.

Great photos!! Do you mind if I add you to my blogroll? Most of the people that read my blog are into photography as well and I'd like to share your work with them


KT Lindsay said...

Sure no worries, thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I love the multicoloured socks - a girl after my own heart!