Meet Helen. (Yes, my camera has a name - anything that costs this much needs a name. My husband refers to it as F*^&ing Expensive Helen, but Helen none the less). Helen represents my forgotten birthday present, and Christmas presents for the next 8 years.
From the Canon website
Canon EOS 7D - A Whole New Class of EOS.
With a host of brand new features designed to enhance every facet of the photographic process, from still images to video, the new EOS 7D represents a whole new class of camera.
Made to be the tool of choice for serious photographers and semi-professionals, the EOS 7D features an all-new 18.0 Megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors, capturing tremendous images at up to ISO 12800 and speeds of up to 8 fps. The EOS 7D has a new all cross-type 19-point AF system with improved AI Servo II AF subject tracking and user-selectable AF area selection modes for sharp focus no matter the situation. The EOS 7D's Intelligent Viewfinder, an entirely newly-designed technology, provides 100% coverage and displays user-selected AF modes as well as a spot metering circle and on demand grid lines. New iFCL Metering with 63-zone dual-layer metering system uses both focus and color information to provide accurate exposure even in difficult lighting. The EOS 7D also captures Full HD video at 30p (29.97 fps), 24p (23.976 fps) and 25p with an array of manual controls, including manual exposure during movie shooting and ISO speed selection. The EOS 7D features a magnesium alloy body that is dust- and weather-resistant and shutter durability of up to 150,000 cycles. Compatible with over 60 EF and EF-S lenses as well as with EOS System accessories, the creative opportunities - not just with stills but also with video - are beyond amazement.
I purhcased the 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens too to accompany the 28-135 mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Standard Zoom Lens. And of course a 16 gb card, camera back pack, filters, extended warranty blah blah blah...
Last night when we got it home I started to freak out a little (okay, A LOT). Freaking out over the price, the size, my astonishing lack of skill and knowledge.
I enrolled in a photography class at our local community college - but it doesn't start until January 20. The young (very handsome) man I purchased it from had NOTHING to do with my decision - or the fact he teaches photography at another local college - and promised he would set my camera up for me and give me some quick lessons on how to use it until I can get into my class. The fact that I was drooling, stuttering and acting like a silly teenager the entire time this stunningly handsome man was talking to me had nothing to do with my decision to purchase the 7D over the 50D.
When I take my camera back to the store on Wednesday for my 'lesson' I will take a picture of him...then you will understand ...I promise. Think young Tom Selleck crossed with a taller George Clooney. *sigh* Do you feel my pain?
I understand why men are swayed by beautiful women. A handsome man holding a camera - did me in. I am weak and pathetic. Does this make me a cougar? What is a cougar anyway? Do cougars have cameras?
But this guy is still my hunk of luv. (I feel the need to post this picture again - it shows how just how sweet he is). Look at those rugged hands, conveying such sweetness and affection, contrasting against the fur. I fall in love with him every time I see this picture - until he does something to irritate me - my memory is short. *sigh*
Even after I scream profanities at him he still loves me (although he does avoid me for a bit). He loves kids and dogs. Who could ask for more?
The fact that he comes home every night - amazes me every day. And he buys me cameras...f*^&ing expensive cameras. I think I will keep him.