Wednesday, May 04, 2011

A Rebel For A Rebel

 Yesterday I finally purchased my new DSLR!! Woohoo!! This is the one I chose, a Canon Rebel XS 1000D.  I got a smokin' deal on it and managed to wrangle a 3 year service plan for the price of the 1 year plan. (It pays to haggle!) THANK YOU to several friends and family who gifted me cash towards this purchase for my birthday. I am thrilled to have my first fancy pants camera!

I chose to go with a kit, which included not only the camera, battery, charger, software and lense, but also a camera bag and an 8 gig memory card. (Though why Duracel doesn't include a protective sleeve for the card is beyond me! I will be writing the company about that. Honestly, what are you supposed to do to protect it when it's not in the camera?)

Today I am going to sew myself a camera strap cover, because let's face it, the ones that come with the camera are ugly and unimaginative. In 10 minutes, I can whip up something bright and pretty. If you want to make one too, just Google "camera strap cover" and a plethora of tutorials will come up. It's pretty simple, so if you have any quilting or sewing skills at all, you don't really need a tutorial. Essentially, it's just a fitted tube that you slide on over your strap. I like the idea of that because not only will it be pretty, but more comfortable to wear around your neck. (And I'm all about comfort!)

I'm a little overwhelmed by the operations manual-it's a whopping 211 pages long! I'm pretty techie though, so I think I can figure it out as I go along. I've been reading the manual in fits and starts. It's pretty dense and I find if I read too long, my brain goes numb. The good news is that I have a couple more experienced friends who also own this model, so I am sure if I need pointers, I can ask them.

My son and I are planning a photo shoot day on Mother's Day. We're going to spend part of the day trooping around together, taking photos and then I think we'll meet up with my husband and Indy for lunch. I am hoping for good weather on Sunday!

I'm still pretty ill with a sinus infection, despite a week of heavy duty antibiotics, so I've got to go see my GP and see what to do next. *sigh* I'm sick and tired of being sick and tired. I don't have time for this!

Okay, off to sew!


Vivienne said...

so exciting!

Michelle @ Give a Girl a Fig said...

YOU WILL LOVE IT! I LOVE my Canon Rebel..I've got the xti...which is way more camera than I'll ever know what to do with! I got it for my birthday about 3 years ago...and am so happy with it. Have fun!! Can't wait to see your wonderful photos...

greta ann said...

YAY!!! you are going to have sooo much fun! hope you are feeling better so you can run out and play!

Sherry said...

That's a huge manual, but you'll be on top of it in no time...when you are as eager as you -- it will come together very quickly!!

Hope you got something else for that sinus infection -- it's been going on for so long!!!

pilarisa321 said...

Hurray! I am so happy you gave this gift to yourself. You are an amazing artist and I have been so impressed with your photo skills pre-rebel. I am sure you are going to ace this new camera. : D