Tuesday, December 1, 2009

My New Camera

I did it.  After reading every review in the world.  Going to camera stores to hold them, covet them (drooling was not permitted) and fiddle around with them I decided on a camera.

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.


An English Shepherd said...

That’s one great looking camera, the boss is very jealous :-(

We only have a Panasonic FS7 to take my snaps on ;-)

look forward to some great pictures on your bog !

Wizz :-)

Laura Carson said...

I'm single... can I have hunky camera dude? Then you can drool over him often. Awesome new camera - I look forward to appreciating pictures lots!


she who would NEVER let a drool-worthy man influence her decisions *snort*

Emma Rose said...

Wow! Your husband LOVES you! I can't wait to see photos and video. And, btw, just exactly where does this hunky, umm I mean camera man work???

fulltiltbcs said...

WOO HOO!! Congrats on the amazing camera!!!!! You won't be sorry!
Now go take some pictures!

Diana said...

OOOhhh I'm so jealous over your new camera. It has video, amazing. Diana

Paws on the Run said...

Have fun! Isn't the 8 frames per second absolutely amazing?!

Lean said...

Is it al reay christmas over there...hihiii nice shoots great camera.
have fun with shooting uhhh pics AUCHHH,lean.

BCxFour said...

Diane - The hunky camera dude works at Best Buy in Puyallup, WA.

Laura - I will try to get a picture tomorrow - then after you approval we can begin plotting his shipment to NC.

Emma Rose said...

Hmmmmm - maybe I need to drive up to Best Buy? Ha! Don't tell the Duke I said that. LOL. (But DO show us a picture!)

Lynn said...

I think you're too married to be a cougar. That's a good thing!

Tristan and Braun said...

Ooooooooooooohhhh!!! I am *SO* jealous! We got the 50D. But who says that stop the coveting?!?!


manymuddypaws said...

congrats on the new camera!!! you will love it for sure...

and wow great photo of your hubby- i must have missed that somehow the first time...

PoochesForPeace said...

Awesome camera- 18 megapixels holy crappp!!!! I love that pic of your husband with the dog, so sweet....but I still want to see a pic of this hunky camera guy, just for kicks ;)

Christopher said...

Glad you took my advice, you made a perfect choice. Now all you need to do is find that 50mm (again, got mine used from Ebay for less than $50).

With those 3 lenses in hand, I doubt you'll feel the need to buy another lens.

But now, it's all about getting THAT SHOT. After all, you aren't going to hang the camera on your wall and cry over it in years to come like you will those perfect shots. But, they're a lot easier to get with 8 tries every second. HAH!

Happy Early Christmas.