So to celebrate the stores putting up Christmas decorations, I am going to start an annual holiday gift guide. I'll just review the items I own and love and if you're struggling to find the perfect gift for your loved ones, check it out. I'll add all the items to this here handy shopping guide:
Today I'll start with my love, my heart, my DSLR camera.
I did a lot of research before finally settling on my Canon Rebel Xsi. The reason I chose this camera above others is its ease of use, the price, and its capabilities.
I really wanted something that would allow me to get started since I've never had a DSLR before, but I also didn't want to buy a "start up" camera that I would have to replace not too long after.
Canon Rebel XS which is currently significantly cheaper but when I was finally ready to purchase the camera, the Canon Rebel XSi fell in price so much that it was only about $50 difference! I couldn't say "no" to that. (ps- I recommend putting your "wish list" items in your shopping cart on amazon.com because you get notified anytime it decreases in price - that's how I caught my deal).
So let me tell you what I love about my camera.
First and foremost, I LOVE the picture quality.
|Picture with digital camera|
|Picture with Canon Rebel XSi|
Which brings me to my second favorite thing about this camera - it takes incredible pictures even on an automatic setting. One of the things that really scared me about getting a DSLR is that I would never know how to use it. But this camera has made things super simple. I think the best part about this auto setting is that it also lets you know what settings are on during each shot - i.e. ISO, etc. I use that to practice later on on my own and try to mimic the settings and then veer off a bit.
Then, once you get the hang of it, it's super easy to start trying out some of the other settings. I'm still looking for a book or two on DSLR's and photography (*hint hint*) but in the meantime, I've been using the wonderful Google to get hints and advice and learn about this amazing new hobby.
Some things that I think aren't all that great about this camera is that it is big, as are most DSLR's. I was ready for that though. But I do wish I waited a bit longer because just a couple of months after I bought my camera a new one came out with HD video capabilities. I'm not sure that I would pay the price to get that, nor am I sure I want them all in one, but I would like to have had an option. Overall though, I really have 0 complaints. Nada. I love it. It's my baby.
But be careful because this hobby is super addictive. These are some items that I bought almost instantly:
This bag holds the camera and a whole bunch of lenses. I'm not a big fan of the fanny-pack-looking thing and I wanted something easier. Plus if fits a bunch of other stuff in case you want to pack up a sweater for cool weather or throw in a charger or two. I love it.
Then of course I bought a whole bunch of SD cards. And then I bought this 32 GB one for our trip to Dominican Republic because I panicked and decided that there was no way that I would fit all the pictures I would take on the 16GB, 8GB and 4GB cards I already packed. I may have an issue. I blame Jon for supporting it.
Now what I really want is this lens:
But there is no way in my life that I will afford it for my little hobby.
So instead I think I'll be asking for these for Christmas:
For all my super awesome far away shots. Everyone has to have a telephoto lens, right? Anyways, I read a whole bunch of things about what lenses to get and this is what I settled on for a price I can afford.
And this one for close-ups. I can't wait to get all in my baby's face with this one.
And this flash because I don't want to blind her with mine. And it makes everything look more natural. I'm excited. Aren't you?
So there you have it folks. If you are a photography lover or married a photography lover or want to be a photography lover or...well...you get the point. Here are some ideas for you. With my commentary. Enjoy.
I'll try to keep these down to once a week so you don't feel overwhelmed.