I have a beautiful new Canon 550d!
I didn’t expect to be able to buy a replacement camera until at least the beginning of next year. Never, ever again will I take owning an SLR for granted.
I’ve been working every day since I buying the camera and haven’t had chance to use it apart from during lunch breaks and on journeys home, but I’m loving it already. It definitely feels an upgrade from my 450d in the way it works, even without the rather big addition of the movie mode. My degree was in filmmaking but I’ve never had anything of my own to film with, so this is a very exciting thing for me to have! I can’t wait to test it properly.
Today’s wanderings after work, taken with a 50mm 1.8 prime:
(Photo taken at 1/1250, f/1.8, ISO 200)
(Photo taken at 1/125, f/1.8, ISO 800)
(Photos taken at 1/40, f/1.8, ISO 800)
I have always had a great dislike for camera bags; their stiff, dull blackness, and their inability to be useful in day-to-day life. I often avoided them, to the point of wrapping my camera in a hat and shoving it in whichever bag I was using that day. Not good. This changed when I inherited my granddad’s camera bag, a well-worn, well-travelled faux leather piece that held everything I needed it to, looked nice, and didn’t scream “camera bag”. Problem solved.
A couple of months ago my camera was stolen (part of the reason for the recent lack of posts here, the wound has been too raw), my whole kit was gone, including my beloved bag. While working out how to replace my equipment I realised I had no idea where to find another bag I’d be happy with.
My first few searches left me feeling doomed. I was even considering using a baby bag as a substitute.. lots of space and doesn’t look like a camera bag, right? But then I began to find things I liked, particularly on the wonderful Etsy.
Here is my shortlist:
First is the basic, non-camera-bag-looking Domke bag. It’s cheaper than most of the others I’m drooling over, and would do the trick I think. But it doesn’t have me jumping up and down in glee.
Olive F-8 Small Shoulder Bag - Domke
Let’s leave the dull behind and move on to the Etsy selection. These are all in US dollars, and I’d have to take shipping into account, but look how pretty they are!
This one’s by Janine King Designs. I like its simplicity, but I have my doubts about it being big enough for what I need.
Digital SLR padded dSLR Messenger - by Janine King
The days are drawing in closer, and nights are growing long and cold.
I took advantage of a rare Saturday off work and went for walk in the woods with my brother to enjoy the last of the autumn.
(Photo taken at 1/320, f/6.3, ISO 320)
I love this season. It may be cold, but the colours are rich, the air is crisp and loaded with the rich smell of the fallen leaves that drift into heaps by the side of pathways. I refuse to grow out of jumping in these drifts, far too much fun.
(Photo taken at 1/60, f/5.6, ISO 320)