And another one bites the dust!
I sing it whilst looking at the ol' Olympus Goober-camera sitting on my desk. Since Halloween, the LCD now only shows the "white-screen-of-death" and I can hear the gears struggling in their eminent doom. Well - truthfully - I'm not that sad to see it go. Although I was hardly a professional, with terms like ISO and f-stops at the peak of my vocabulary, I'd been increasingly disappointed with the goober-cam's ability to take decent shots. I'd been waiting for it's death for a while now so I could upgrade.
So for the last week, I've been researching and edumacating myself in the camera world to learn what's best -vs- what's affordable. I'm now in tune with all the necessary jargon like aperature, ISO speeds, shutter-priority -vs- aperature priority and so on. (In hind-site, I'm sure I'd have done better with the old camera with higher ISO settings and lower aperature numbers. Oh well - live and learn.) It was abundantly clear I needed a camera with full manual control capability and better quality hardware given the average photo environment I take photos in. So now I'm all eager to try out my new found skills. And we all know from Napolean that girls like skills. ;)
Tomorrow the new toy arrives. I'm a very patient person and don't mind waiting if the wait is worthwhile, but this is like waiting for Santa Claus for me. The new Canon SLR is my dream machine. Unlike the astronomically priced 10D, the Rebel XTi is in my range and allows the budget to get a better than average lens for it. Since most of my photography is low-light in bars and such (see gallery), I've opted for the "Image Stabilization" lens that's capable of relatively low aperature and still has decent zoom capability. Believe me, with so many lens options available, I read up and made the conclusion that this is the best all purpose starter lens. Along with an upgraded battery and memory card, I oughtta be all set. Waiting for tomorrow is proving difficult, though - I've been watching the UPS truck's journey all day with their wonderful online, realtime tracking ability. (It's in Illinois right now!)
So - be prepared. Many most awesome images shall be posted to the gallery soon. There'll probably be a bit of a learning curve, but I've been studying up. I think I know what I'm doing anyway. I'm excited to see what noise sacrifice I'll get by boosting the ISO all the way up to 1600. Or what I can get away with in low light by hand-holding the camera with IS (image stabilization) on. So many settings, so little time.