Posted by: BigWin | April 21, 2010

Gear up

I got interested in photography in high school and through the years have had several different cameras. I stayed with film and an old Canon SLR though the early 2000s. Since then, I’ve owned the following models:

Canon A70
Canon PowerShot S3 IS
Canon SD1100 IS

In Jan. ’09 I had the itch to step up and get a digital SLR. I got a Canon Rebel XSi with the kit lens. I shot with it for a week and then returned it. The quality was not what I was expecting and the low light performance was lacking. I wanted a fast camera that performed awesome indoors. This was not it. So instead I got a Canon PowerShot SX1 IS which did 1080p video an had a 20x zoom. I loved it and here are some shots from Hawaii tht I took with it.

In fact, the banner pic of sunrise (actually sunset, but who can tell the difference… I mean really) used at the top of this site was taken with that camera.

Jan. 2010 rolls around and after reading several books and blogs, I decide that it was really the crappy kit lense that came with the rebel was what dd me in. A friend helped me work though my budget of $1500 to come up with a starter setup which included a switch from Canon to Nikon. Here’s the gear list.

Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens Nikon D90 DX 12.3MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Nikon 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras Nikon SB-400 AF Speedlight Flash for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

I love this camera! So much so that I am taking it everywhere and the quality of my shots has gone way up. Examples:

We are planning a trip to Banff and Jasper in Canada in June and I only have a few more pieces of gear to pickup to be ready. Julie is planning on using the shots I take to decorate the walls of the bedroom so I better work on my composition some more before we leave.


Responses

  1. So, when was it that you became so interested in photography? Was it before or after you were crowned Mr Conant Cougar?


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