New camera

On Sunday I finally did it – I bought myself an amazing digital SLR camera, the Cannon EOS 400D to be precise. You can read a review here. Put simply it is amazing. The freedom it gives compared to a conventional digital camera (or at least my old one anyway) is akin to releasing a caged animal into an area the size of which cannot physically be covered by the creature.

While I haven’t been able to explore all the features and indeed I’m still not entirely sure what some of them do, I have been able to practice with the different settings by taking pictures in and around the house and noting the flexibility and versatility of the options available. I can definitely see myself being able to take some superb pictures with this piece of kit.

The ability to change the ISO settings and manually focus are just two functions which make me excitied. While a film camera will allow you to focus to your hearts content its not something available on conventional digital cameras and changing the ISO with a normal SLR was reserved for film change time, and then you had to take a whole 24 or 36 shots at that ISO. Now I can chop and change at will and its fantastic – great for those low light level shots. I have high hopes for my sunset pictures in the future.

I hope to get out and about with the camera this weekend and if I get any good shots I will be sure to post them up here for all to see.


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  1. Paul Said,

    January 31, 2007 @ 10:49 pm

    As we’ve discussed briefly on my blog Kieran, now that you’ve outlaid the money don’t forget it!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kieran Said,

    January 31, 2007 @ 10:55 pm

    LOL, yeah a very good point, I’ll try my best not to!

  3. Jim Maxwell Said,

    February 4, 2007 @ 4:23 pm

    Hi Kieran,
    I hope you enjoy your new camera and the additional creative benefits a “real” camera offers 😉

    I looked at the Canon Eos 400D recently when considering my “Dream Update” into the Digital Camera World (I’m still “Analogue” SLR – Minolta Dynax 600Si Classic) but I’ve come down in favour of The New Sony Alpha 1 DSLR – not surprising really as it will allow me to re-use all my Minolta Lenses etc. – However if I’d been “new” to the SLR arena I would probably have gone for the Canon or a Nikon model.

    Looking forward to seeing the results with the new camera.

    TTFN Jim

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