I finally broke down and got a new (old) camera on eBay. It is a Canon EOS Rebel XSI 450D DSLR and it came with the EF-S 18-55 mm IS lens. I also ordered the Canon EF 75-300 mm f/4.0-5.6 III telephoto lens, which also came with three filters and two lens extensions (wide angle and macro). This camera is an old one (2008… when did that get old?), but used camera equipment can be good, so I gave it a try. I’m glad I did, because this camera was SO cheap and it looks and works like new, as far as I can tell. It was only $169 for the camera and the 18-55 lens. The telephoto lens kit (which was new) was $110. I think that is pretty cheap. I was thinking that I would not be able to get a camera for a long, long time, because the ones I was looking at were new and thousands of dollars. Now, I want you all to know that my old camera, the Kodak EasyShare Z981 was and still is a good one. It is starting to have computer problems, but it takes good pictures. I have had it for a lot of years and most of that time I thought it was the camera’s fault that I couldn’t take good photos. Well, Lo and Behold, I came across a quote from a photographer: “It is not the camera, it’s the photographer.” Well, that is very, very true, to a great degree. But, you do need good equipment. The Kodak is a good camera, but it has limited doodads on it. So, because I found one so cheap, I thought I would give it a try. I have been playing with it and using it since Thanksgiving. I LOVE it! It is such fun learning all the nifty things I can do! I have made many mistakes, but that is what I need to do to learn. Fun, fun, fun! Here are some play shots from the last couple of days. We got some snow a few days ago. It is gone now. I am going to leave my hummingbird feeders up (empty) because I like the colors:
This morning was a very misty, foggy morning. It stuck around until late in the morning. I was surprised, but I took advantage and took lots of photos:
I don’t know about you, but every time there is a heavy fog, in the back of my mind is the thought, “I wonder if Jack the Ripper is around somewhere…” LOL! I hope not!
The fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city on silent haunches and then moves on.
— Carl Sandburg