Category Archives: Buying Digital SLR

Canon EF 50mm f1.8 – Second Lens For Canon DSLR Cameras

Discover the Canon EF 50mm f1.8 Lens

Will she get a Canon 50mm lens?
She needs a Canon EF 50mm f1.8 lens to move to the next level of photography.

When you have been around photography for a long time, you start to take some things for granted. It just occurred to me that there are lots of new DSLR users who are looking for a good lens to supplement the kit lens that was purchased with their camera, and they don’t know which one to choose.

I highly recommend the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens as a second lens, especially if you are on a limited budget. Continue reading Canon EF 50mm f1.8 – Second Lens For Canon DSLR Cameras

My New Canon Rebel SL1

Taken with Canon Rebel SL1 and Kit lens
Lizzy the cat. I took this inside, hand-held at ISO 400, using Aperture Mode. Shutter speed was only 1/13 sec, but the Image Stabilization of the lens allowed for a sharp photo.

I’m a push-over when it comes to new equipment, and if it’s a new Rebel.. well, shucks, as my Mother-in-law said more than once, “If you don’t have it, you need it.”

I totally agree, especially when Canon releases brand new technology at the beginner level. I have been a fan since Canon released the first Rebel.

This Canon EOS Rebel SL1 is not a remake of any camera, it is a new species. Lighter and smaller than any digital SLR on the market, it actually feels like a toy when you first pick it up. But it is not a toy by any stretch of the imagination. It has given me some really nice image quality so far.

And the new Kit Lens is pretty good, too. I like it lots better than the old 18-55mm kit lens. This one is built especially to handle the video function without a lot of focusing noise. If you have used a Canon DSLR for video, you know what it’s like.

This video is really short and sweet, but it pretty much shows the best of the new Rebel.

flowers taken with Rebel SL1
image taken at ISO 1600 has been cropped to view at 100%
flowers taken with Rebel SL1
image taken at ISO 6400 has been cropped to view at 100%

So, the image sensor and processor are the same as in the last 3 Rebels, 18 megapixels, so the image quality is expected to be the same, and I can vouch for that.. in the few pictures I have had the opportunity to take, I find no problem with quality. In fact, the quality seems better than my other Rebels with the old kit lens.

I have bumped the ISO up to 6400 just to see how that looks. I would not use it at that setting unless absolutely necessary, but the quality is OK considering the past models at that setting. There is some noise, but you have to look really close to see it.

The biggest negative for me is the lack of a swivel LCD screen. I have really gotten dependent on that feature with my T3i and T4i.

Over all, I would guess that the new Rebel will be a success. It packs a lot of punch for its size.

You can find a much more in-depth review about my new camera if you CLICK HERE.

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Maybe You Don’t Need That New Camera Gear To Take Better Pictures

“To Buy or Not To Buy,” That Is The Question

I don’t know about anybody else, but I have had “gear envy” more often than I like to admit.

RedHeaded Woodpecker
I did not need an expensive long-range lens to get this picture.. I got the bird to come to me.

I have told myself many times, “If I just had that lens (or new camera) I would be able to take better pictures.. AWESOME pictures!”

It’s really easy to get the “itch” for a new camera or some other piece of photography gear.

And, in my own defense, I like to think that with each piece of camera gear, I have gotten better as a photographer. But, is it because of the gear?

Maybe I have gotten better because I have learned more about the Art of photography rather than the equipment. In fact, I have long been a proponent of the idea that the gear does not make the picture, the photographer makes the picture.

But it sure is nice to be able to have the best camera or lens available, right?

What I have done in my reflections on gear vs craft is to come up with some reasons to put off buying and decide what are the important aspects of each shot.

And I have mentioned it before, but it is an important thought, “A good photographer can get a show-stopping shot using the most expensive camera or a cell phone or even a pin-hole camera.

So let’s take a look at some reasons to not buy the next best piece of camera gear.

Continue reading Maybe You Don’t Need That New Camera Gear To Take Better Pictures

What Digital Camera Should I Buy

What Digital Camera Should I Buy? Oy Vey!

What Camera Should I BuyI have seen this question asked time and time again. Camera anxiety!

It hounded me for the longest time, too. While I did not go to Google and specifically type in “what digital camera should I buy” the truth is, that is what I wanted to know.

There should be some magic potion or a silver bullet that supernaturally imparts the answer into your subconscious. But, tragically, there is not.

But, Fear Not. I have the answer: Continue reading What Digital Camera Should I Buy

5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Digital SLR Camera

So You Want To Buy a Digital SLR Camera?

5 Questions About Buying Digital SLR Cameras
Got Questions?

Buying a digital camera is a major purchase for most of us, especially if you are looking to buy a digital SLR. So thinking about the right camera is a good idea before dropping in at your local Best Buy or Target and exiting with a camera in your shopping bag.

Impulse buying is not a good strategy when it comes to cameras.

Where do you start?

Many individuals who are looking for a digital camera are asking the question, “Which camera should I buy?”

Continue reading 5 Questions To Ask Before You Buy A Digital SLR Camera