This *is* the camera I am looking for…Excuse me?

After years of drooling over this or that digital camera (SLR) I FINALLY have one of my own.  Better yet, it was a present!!!! 


I now have a brand, spankin’ new Canon 20D complete with vertical batter grip, extra batteries, remote switch, and a 2GB Sandisk Ultra II CF card.  This thing is absolutely fantastic!


I’ve had the camera for just shy of a month and have carried it with me (to the chagrin of some J) everywhere, every day with only a few exceptions.  In that time I’ve shot over 1600 pictures for about 8GB of data.  Phew, that’s insane!  I’m going to have to score some more hard drive space.


I don’t know where to stop talking about this thing but it’s just been wonderful to have.  I’ve already forgotten that I own a 35mm.  But of course after years of faithful support I’m sure my antique deserves a quite retirement.


The only bad thing I’ve encountered during the past month is that my favorite image stabilizer lens is broken, auto focus has gone on vacation.  L  I have to send it back to Canon to get it fixed.  Of course I had to pull out another lens from the bag.  I’ve been using my 50mm f/1.4 fixed lens because it’s much less conspicuous than my 100-400mm lens.  Let me tell you something….this was some expensive glass when I got it several years ago (well, it probably still is).  The only problem with it was that it sat in my camera bag.  I could probably count how many times I used it on my two hands.


Now that I’ve been using the lens heavily for the past thirty days I don’t know if I’m going to use the 28-135 as much any more.  The pictures that this camera/lens combo have been taking make me almost look like I know what I’m doing.  Portraits have been absolutely stunning.  They’ve come out so nice that people who generally don’t like their picture taken are posing for the camera.  Absolutely fantastic!


I guess this officially starts my “digital photography” blog so if there’s topics you’d like to see let me know.

Comments (6)

  1. Iterested person says:

    And the photo’s? Anywhere behind a url?

  2. Manish says:

    What software do you use to catalog your digital images?

  3. Luc Cluitmans says:

    Good to hear you are having fun with your camera!

    Can you tell anything more about that broken ‘EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM’ lens, did it have an accident, or did it just spontaneously fail? I ask because that lens happens to be the next one on my wish list (for my 300D camera).

  4. Robert Gruen says:

    My 28-135 lens probably quit on me because I was so rough with it. I’ve used that lens in all sorts of conditions and has been banged around alot. I’d say that this is a very solid lens and any reason for it failing would be my own.

    As far as what I’m currently using to view my images I’ve tried a ton of applications. Right now I’m using a combination of windows explorer and Picasa. I’m willing to try any app at this point, I haven’t found one that’s worked 100%.

    I have not yet put any of the pictures I took on the web, I need to ask permission of my subjects.

  5. JaSoN says:

    I’ve had pretty good luck with a program called Thumbs plus. Its more of a thumbnail cataloggin program. It shows you your pictures very well. ThumbsPlus is not free, but it wont break the bank. Another program you may find VERY useful is a image program called "irfanview". I higly recommend it to go in any photographer’s bag-o-tricks. With this program you can do lots of small things. I typically use it to rename all of my pictures according to the event and the date. The program lets you set up a naming convention to use and then adds a number to the end. If you use online printing as I do (I recommend then this becomes double handy in the fact that the printer printe the file name on the back of the picture. Very useful. Irfanview can also resize pictures through either compression or physical size. It can batch convert pictures from one format to another, and best of all, its free!


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