I used to be quite into photography. I caught the bug around 2000. Back then, I got a compact camera for christmas, but I quickly upgraded to a consumer level SLR (Canon EOS-300). Now, for the time, that was a pretty decent camera. But, do you notice? Not a 300D, a 300. That’s a FILM camera.
I was rightly proud of that choice. It was a more serious choice than the digital cameras of the time. Those where either stupidly expensive or simple toys.
For reasonably expressive, creative photography, without spending (small car levels of) money, it simply was not possible to go digital.
I have been waiting for decent quality DSLRs to fall in price. The problem for me is that as the consumer level DSLRs dropped in price, so my aspirations superceeded them. I would simply be unable to do the sorts of things I wanted to do with a 300D.
So, wait I continued to do.
As I waited, and I realised that increasingly, my learning as a photographer was hindered by the ‘compile cycle’ time of photographs, my enthusiasm waned.
How could I seriously learn if any enlightenment as to the outcome of choices was delayed not by minutes but my days or weeks (for development of chemical film)?
Well, finally that wait is over. Yesterday I plunked down the required for a near mint second hand Canon EOS 60D, purchased from the reputable people over at MPB Photographic. That, along with my first 50mm prime lens (EF 1.8, I ain’t rich) should be arriving at casa Morris either Friday or Saturday this week.
I can’t wait.
Long exposure, macro, portrait, all sorts of techniques will be open to me.
I’ll definitely be picking up one of those eye-fi cards, it should make handling the images a literal ‘snap’. Sorry, I could not resist.