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New Camera

April 13, 2012

After a couple years of tooling around with my little Canon Rebel D-SLR, I began to get that very familiar feeling, known to birders and techheads alike, that while I was not pushing that camera to its limits, I was very aware of its limitations with regard to what I wanted a camera to add to my birding and blogging.  I began to cast a longing eye towards those slighting higher capacity tools, and with a little bit of dough in my pocket from some generous holiday gifts and nothing else yanking my eye one way or the other, I pulled the trigger, or clicked the shutter as it happens, on a new fun toy that I hope will pay some dividends here at this old website. A new (to me) Canon 40D. And look how nice it looks attached to my big lens.

I didn’t have the cash, or the permission, to shell out for a brand new body, but I did my research and found a decently priced used one on craigslist and went for it.  So now I’m deep into the manual, trying to figure out all the new buttons, and sort of PO’d I had to buy a whole new memory card (but whattaya gonna do?)

So you can look forward to slightly sharper, mediocre photos and the maybe the slightly more often really nice one.  At the year least, I can’t imagine needing a camera that does more than this one does.

I took it out back this evening to shoot some of the Yellow-rumped Warblers cavorting in my backyard and got some shots I’m pretty happy with.

Fun stuff!  If any of you have any tips, or things you wish people had told you earlier, about a camera such as this one.  I’m all ears.

  1. Lillian Stokes permalink
    April 13, 2012 8:23 am

    Congrats on your new camera!! One tip I like is to add some plus exposure compensation with your camera to shots of birds in dim lighting situations. looking forward to your new photos.
    Lillian Stokes

    • Nate permalink*
      April 15, 2012 8:35 pm

      Thanks, Lillian! I’ll try that. Ocassionally I feel like I lean too much on the compensation, but it’s good to know that better photographers than me use it too.

  2. seagullsteve permalink
    April 13, 2012 2:59 pm

    New gear! Fun. One thing that I constantly forget how to do with my Nikon SLR is manually change the focus points…the general setting I keep it on is good for subjects with mid to high contrast with the background, but a bird deep in a bush? Forget it. That said, I have slowly been getting more adept at manual focusing…

    • Nate permalink*
      April 15, 2012 8:36 pm

      Thanks! And yes, fixing the focus points is something I was thinking I needed to do just this morning.

  3. April 13, 2012 4:46 pm

    Love the new photos! Yes, an upgrade with better manuals makes a lot of difference.

    • Nate permalink*
      April 15, 2012 8:37 pm

      Yes, it’s already great fun.

  4. April 16, 2012 5:19 pm

    Talking of manuals, the biggest favour I did for myself was to read mine

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