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New camera.
It is a Canon 350d. I was swaying towards a Nikon D40, but BeardyMan's Uncle had this Canon 350d that he was looking to sell because he has upgraded. He popped over this afternoon and i was playing with it and... and i accidentally bought it.
I starting snapping at around 4.40pm and pretty much didn't stop until 6.30pm. And that was just in a couple of rooms. This camera has made everything infinately more photographable. So far i have taken 154 photos.
I have not picked up the user manual. Hence the not awesomeness of this photo. It would have been fine on a tripod. Gah. My 'to buy' list has suddenly gotten very long. (Top of the list being fisheyeeeee - i am obsessed.)
Anyway... i am happy and excited. More photos to come soon.

And since doing a little research into Canon 350d vs. Nikon D40 i discovered a huge Canon/Nikon divide in photographers. I was wondering what your opinions and thoughts on this rivalry were?
I hope i have not already been lured into the Canon camp and that i remain open to Nikon's in the future...
4th Apr 2009, 21:10   | tags:,,,,

MaggieD says:

Well, I just like this pic, I am the last person on this site to give any sort of informed opinion on your choice of camera .... I just hope that whatever you choose you will get lots of pleasure out of it .....

4th Apr 2009, 21:19

Caine says:

Nice accidental buying! Welcome to the "never enough gear" club. ;D

Well, I'm Nikon all the way, I love my D80 and wish I could afford bigger and better, but I have no complaints. Rick used to have a Canon, back in his film days and loved the thing. When he gets around to a new camera, it will be a Nikon because we can share lenses.

As far as I'm concerned, people who take the whole Nikon/Canon thing seriously should be automatically dismissed. Most of them are all talk, and couldn't take a decent photo for money. Just have fun with your new camera and take many, many pics!

4th Apr 2009, 21:31

cariadus says:

Great shot.
Love the 'accidentally bought'!
And I am definitely jealous.
Must get myself a DSLR at some point but for now my tiny (but lovely) Exilim ex-z750 and cameraphone will have to do.

4th Apr 2009, 21:51

Euphro says:

Wow, that's great! I'm with Caine on this. Both companies produce great cameras and the only thing that often decides it is legacy. I've got all Nikon digital bodies because my wife had a Nikon film body and lens when I moved to digital (if I had a lot of money I'd have a Nikon D3 for low light and outdoor and a Canon 5D for portraits). You will have a huge amount of fun as you build your collection of lenses. For wide angles the Sigma 10-20 zoom is as good as anything out there :)

4th Apr 2009, 22:04

Caine says:

Ken Rockwell is one of my photogods, and while he's mostly Nikon, he has a lot of stuff on Canon too. Mostly what he has is common sense. You might want to give 'Your Camera Doesn't Matter' a read. It's well worth it, and chock full of encouragement and inspiration.

4th Apr 2009, 23:45

nige says:

:D So happy for you. Who cares what it says on the body. It's what you do with it that counts, so take it everywhere, never miss an opportunity, and enjoy it!

5th Apr 2009, 01:23

Wendle says:

Thank you all!

Caine - I have been looking on that website a lot recently during my research! I will give that article a read, thank you :)

5th Apr 2009, 08:14

I never get involved in these silly debates, hence my loyalty to Olympus cameras. I've always used Olympus, and probably always will; I still have my original OM1, my XA2, my first Camedia digital, my trusty, portable and undamageable SW720 and now my loverly E420 DSLR. Of course, as soon as I'd acquired the DSLR, a tripod came soon after, and from there the wishlist began to grow... I'm sure you will grow to love your accidental purchase dearly and I look forward to seeing the fruits of your labours. Enjoy!

5th Apr 2009, 09:44

swamprose says:

you'll have lots of fun, and there will always be something to save for now...I also accidentally bought a Canon--and when those equipmentheads get going, I leave..I never read my manual. Join a camera club, find someone nearby that rambles and shoots. Or take a course. I am moblog taught mostly. It's the best school going. There is no question too silly.

have fun.

5th Apr 2009, 14:25

Wendle says:

swamprose - I'm signed up for a Open University Digital Photography course that starts in May :) Which is why i wanted to get a camera and get comfortable with it before then.
Looking forward to in uberly.

5th Apr 2009, 15:00

Caine says:

Mandy, that's a good group idea - I'm still learning and will take all the help I can get. That, and assignments are always fun to get the brain ticking over.

5th Apr 2009, 18:57

Wendle says:

Caine, i agree about the assignments. That's why i'm so excited about this course i'm going to be doing. It'll help get me all inspired and creative while learning at the same time :)

5th Apr 2009, 19:23

Caine says:

Yep, I do various assignments online at different photog sites. I think an assignment group would be fun here, with a group of people rotating on giving the assignment. Mandy, Factotum, Nige, JoxerXL, Rich, Mara and bfish all come to mind as people who would be good at handing them out. :D

5th Apr 2009, 19:51

Wendle says:

I concur! I would find a group like that fun and educational. We should make it happen.
Now how should we do that?

5th Apr 2009, 20:06

Caine says:

Get Mandy to do it. :D

5th Apr 2009, 20:45

Caine says:

Yes, napping is important, you're napping for two. The start sounds great, all that's needed is to rope other peoples in.

5th Apr 2009, 20:55

Wendle says:

*squee* again!

13th Apr 2009, 16:53