A shiney new toy

Last updated: Aug. 24, 2007, 8:39 p.m.

A photo of my shiney new EOS400D DSLR.

Camera: A photo of my shiney new EOS400D DSLR.

I have just become the gleeful owner of a Canon EOS 400D digital camera. This stunning marriage of optical and electronics has already given rise to some pretty impressive pictures and will hopefully produce more during my up-coming visit to the north-west region of France.

Since shortly after this site started and I got my trusty JenOptic JD3300z a 3.3 megapixel digital camera with a surprisingly good lens and some decidedly unusual features (manual exposure adjustment, focusing etc.) I have become increasingly interested in photography. I would never consider all that messing around in dark rooms developing pictures, I haven't got the patience. Nor have I the money to buy film after film to experiment with. However digital photography has neither of these concerns.

My new camera was chosen based on reviews, cost of accessories and available accessories (and the fact that I wanted at least one of the 10 Megapixel generation so that it isn't too quickly a quaint antique.) So far the camera hasn't disappointed with several stunning Macro shots, zoom shots and a couple of normal sort of shots. I've got a Tamron 28-300mm zoom/macro lens that seems to be amazingly capable with that huge range.

I'm particularly enjoying the fact that I can just flick a switch and manually focus the camera, picking out a specific detail to have in focus and leaving the surroundings out of focus, something I've often tried to do with my old camera but not quite achieved. The viewfinder is what really enables this.

Well, I'm off to France for a week now and will be taking along my new toy so hopefully I will get some interesting shots, I suspect I will be able to get some nice ones at home before I go back to Uni as well as Guernsey is a very beautiful place for landscape (and seascape) photography.



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