After a bunch of research, I finally decided on the Canon T2i.
I settled on Canon because my point-and-shoot is Canon, I love it, and am already familiar with the terms and controls.
I chose the T2i because it is a) one of their newest models, and therefore has more features (and won’t soon be replaced with a newer, snazzier one that I’ll be wishing I had), and b) because it’s a step up from the lower end one, but not a super-duper professional one.
Also, on Amazon, they are running a deal where you got a free (!!) $200 Zoom lens, and the $200 zoom lens came with a free (!!) $16 UV protector. Plus the camera was on sale, so with all that together, I felt like I was getting a good deal.
(I adore Amazon.)
And, if you’re wondering, it wasn’t really a “push present” persay – really that was just my justification for spending the money --- because I’m romantic like that and all.
I got it last Friday (after an adventure of chasing down the UPS man after missing him by 15 minutes), and have been reading up on it, but am still definitely a beginner. I seriously have no idea what I’m doing.
But, luckily, the automatic settings are pretty good until I figure it out, so that’s what I’ve been playing with.
And, since I’m not so agile right now, my only photographical-practice-muse is that which is with me at (almost) all times – Ali.
And, oddly enough, she’s been somewhat willing to let me practice on her…
This was the very first picture I snapped with it:
(Yes, the poor kid has nose hairs. She’s got Greek Blood, after all.)
One thing this camera does that my old one didn’t do is purposefully fade the background out if I’m taking a portrait shot – I really like that. I was always trying to blur my backgrounds on my old pictures to make the subject stand out more, but now I don’t have to:
And then she got really silly.
A three-year-old muse can only last so long, after all.
I know nothing about the zoom lens, but this is the one photo that I’ve successfully taken with it so far…
At any rate, I have a ton to learn, but I’m excited about the possibilities. And, I figure, this will really even the score on the whole second-child-gets-less-baby-photos thing – because even if he gets less, at least Noah’s photos will be a LOT better than Ali’s were!