July 22, 2008

My new gadget

I have decided that it is time to join the bandwagon of DSLR camera users after having a great time shooting all sorts of photos with my compact point-and-click Canon PSA700. I've had this camera for a couple of years now, and would like to to step into an SLR camera. My photography guru friend, Toni Wahid, owns a Canon EOS 40D, but that's a few hundred dollars more than my estimate budget. I don't want to spend more than $1000 on everything put together. So, after narrowing it down to EOS 400D or EOS 450D, I opted for the 450D. It is a well-built, light weight and easy to hold in my hand type of gadget, the controls for setting are also within easy reach.

Toni and his friend at the camera store have been very helpful with the tips on how to take good pictures...but I was a slow learner, I don't think I remember everything that have been told...LOL! Basically they both advised to invest the money on the right lens than a much more advance camera. Because good lenses will work with whatever camera you have and will hold its value well. In photography, Toni said, the camera cost is often the tip of the iceberg. It's the lenses that really drive up the cost. Toni also has been very generous to let me borrow his Canon EF-S 18-55mm (f3.5-5.6) Lens, and I bought a Canon EF-S 55-250mm (f4.5-6) IS Lens. Combined, it makes a good setup for a DSLR beginner. Big thanks to Toni for taking time to teach me how to use this new toy!
Now, with this purchase my sweetie is a $1000 poor but he does not mind at all...LOL! In the meantime, I've been trying to get a little practice with my new DSLR as you can see below:





17 comments:

MenInWeb said...

Hi all the best and can see a good eye behind the camera. Keep shooting and learn control light.

the writer said...

Hmm, jadi kepingin beli juga, emang sudah lama kepingin kamera SLR, tapi duitnya belon ada - masih banyak yang penting yang mesti dibeli :(

silly said...

Oh myyyy...

that camera is one of my guilty pleasure... (kalo punya duit, gak bilang2 suami, pasti belu dulu baru ijin)

is it user friendly? Or we have to take some course to make a better result?

silly

*garuk2 aspal, kapan gue punya kek gitu*
*merencanakan perampokan kerumah mbak elyana*

hahahhaa, mampir sejenak mbak, lagi ngantuk dan hectic, but cannot sleep at all, kerjaannya blm kelar soalnya

pamit off lagi ya mbak,

Muach,
Silly

(btw, salam dari sahabat saya itu, thanks for your lovely support yah, my friend need that.

Lorraine said...

Nice pics you have here. Is that the handicraft of yours at pic nr. 2?

Happy shooting!

Toni said...

Lovely pictures El. See,you're fast learners.
@Silly: saya juga dulu beli gak pake izin2, maklum impulsive buyer. Kalau mau ngerampok saya tahu rumahnya. lol

Fun said...

wuaaah bagusnya.... bakal sering2 foto neh yak :) hayooo foto sendiri mana? :)

Elyani said...

@meninweb : thank you

@the writer: ayo nabung dulu, kalau sudah beli kamera jadi pengen beli lensa ini itu. Mahal2 lagi :(

@Silly: pakainya gak susah, cuma perlu sedikit penyesuaian, dan sedikit lebih berat daripada kamera saku. Aku juga masih trial & error. Sudah beli lensa type anu, eh sekarang pengen lensa lain..hehehe!
Satu lensa aja gak cukup, Sil!

@Lorraine: thank you! yes, the wooden bowls are one of my colletion. I bought them at Inacraft expo earlier this year.

@Toni: thanks, now I want a 70-200mm. The review says it is sharper than my 55-250mm lens, but alas...the price is almost double than my current lens.

@Fun: hihihi...masih belajar Fun. Dari kamera saku ke SLR banyak yg harus dipelajari trik2nya.

therry said...

Wow.. SLR memang beda :D

I love the fourth pic with suneo and blurred background :)

Nanti bawa cameranya hari Sabtu yaaa :D

rimafauzi said...

wah bagus amet!!!
and nice pics.. but i love the cat the most! lol

Ecky said...

El, kalo aku difoto pake kamera ini bisa bikin keliatan tirus? :))

Bawa ya hari sabtu.

Ehm.. Rima, tunggu foto-foto kita yaaa

Andie Summerkiss said...

You are going to have so so much fun!

Ivy said...

wow...nice gadget....been wanting to get SLR camera but in the end I opt for semi manual like G9.

Elyani said...

@Therry: sip, ntar aku jadi juru foto buat nona2 cantik yg mau kopdar :)

@Rima: Suneo is indeed a good looking kitty.

@Ecky: hehehe..belum dicoba tuh bisa kelihatan tirus apa gak. Sabtu pasti dibawa EOS-nya.

@Andie: hi Andie, thanks for stopping by. I sure have a lot of fun taking pictures with this camera :)

@Ivy: G9 is awesome, I have seen some of the pics in your blog.

rimafauzi said...

ecky: (again) nyebeliiiiiiiiiiiinnnn!!!

Elyani said...

@Rima : gabung yuuuuk! :)

Judith said...

Waaaah Suneo in action ..
Fotone cakep2 El, tinggal dipertajam aja ..

Belle said...

big difference huh? gorgeous pics, elyani. am sure G didn't mind the cost so long you are happy. he gets to use it too..hehe