Friday, June 26, 2015

Finally bought a Canon 700D. Happy!!!

I'm not kidding, this was probably one of the toughest decisions I had to take in my life. I had been using a Sony Cyber-shot W230 since 2009. I had this craze to own a DSLR ever since I felt the limitations of my point and shoot camera, which was not so long after I bought it. For me, a DSLR is an expensive investment with nothing in return except for the pleasure factor, so I literally postponed this idea more than a dozen times, though I kept doing my research for a suitable camera. I had Nikon D5200 and Canon 700D in my mind. They were both in the same class but the Canon was a bit pricier. Even after reading so many articles I had this doubt whether to go with the D5200 or the 700D. Nikons have always had better dynamic range in their sensors, similarly I kind of feel Canon has better auto-focus performance. My brain said to go with the Nikon but the heart said to grab the Canon. Overall package wise I felt the Canon was a bit ahead, plus, Canon had me at the killer touch screen implementation. To be honest though, even the day before I bought the Canon, I had not decided on which camera to buy :)

I bought the 700D with the 18-55 IS STM kit lens in April. At the same time bought the 50mm f1.8 Mark II AKA Nifty Fifty as well. Ever since I started reading on photography I always wanted a big aperture lens. I had this lens attached to the body for days without even removing to switch with the 18-55 lens :) 

For the telephoto end I only had limited options. Clearly I couldn’t spend a lot for a hobby with no return on investment so I had only the 75-300 (Non IS) and 55-250 f4-5.6 IS II or STM to choose from. I ordered the 55-250 f4-5.6 STM via Kapruka since it was not available in the local market by then. The lens arrived exactly after one month from ordering. I wasn’t happy with the fact that it took so long. By the time the lens arrived it was available in the local market as well albeit with a slightly higher price tag.

I don’t get to travel a lot, so the chances of capturing something interesting is very slim. Thankfully I have a tree behind my house which is busy with birds which I can easily reach with the 55-250 lens. On the flip side though the birds are of very common varieties. I like to experiment with long exposure and night photography so I bought a cheap tripod from Kandy when I was on a trip. It wasn’t as cheap as in Colombo but I didn’t have to spend more for fuel :)
Strangely, I forgot my login details for my flickr account so I created a new one. I do post some images which I capture with my DSLR on flickr so if you wanna have a look just visit my flickr photostream. I admit they suck, but bear with me as I’m still learning. :)