I’ve been interested in photography for some time, I remember the first camera I ever received was a high school graduation present from my parents. I spent the summer taking photos nonstop until I lost it sometime during my freshman year. I still have a photo album that basically consists of photos during that time frame.
A few years ago I purchased a Canon Powershot S95, a lovely little device. I posted a review of it on this blog way back in the day. Unfortunately it became a victim of my forgetfulness and intoxication at my friends’ Eric and Kelly’s wedding.
The decision to replace the camera was tough. I loved that thing and had spent $150 getting it repaired last summer. The problem was that I was finding my point and shoot needs being met with my iPhone 5, while not getting the artistic photos I wanted from the S95. It was either do without, or break down and buy a DSLR. If you know me, my decision was no surprise.
I bought the DSLR.
I went with a low-end Canon, the SL1, a very small and light crop-frame DSLR. It came with two lenses, the standard issue Canon 18 – 55 mm “kit” lens, as well as a low-end telephoto 55 – 250 telephoto zoom lens. All for under a grand. I didn’t do the usual amount of research before this purchase, but wanted a Canon for a few reasons: past positive experience and the ability to share lenses with friends that also have Canons.
It’s now been two months, and I’m having a blast with this camera. I think the best part of photography as a hobby is also the worst part: more and more gear. It’s the purchase that never stops needing more. More lenses, a bag, a tripod, more memory cards, more storage at home, better editting software, on and on. Let’s not forget the desire to go to new an interesting places to photograph.
Either way, I’m hoping to stick to this hobby, and maybe combine it with writing and blogging, something I don’t do enough of. So look forward to some more photos and posts on this blog, or you can always check out my Flickr photo screen http://www.flickr.com/photos/jesselynch/.
I’ll leave you with a few photos from my new toy.