While technically my new camera was a business investment and not a present, it still felt like a holiday when it arrived in the mail. I've been working hard at saving money from the profits from my business in order to upgrade my gear.
I started shooting with an entry level Canon EOS Rebel XTi back when they first came out. It took me a few years to learn how to shoot with it and get out of auto mode. It was a great camera, definitely better than a point and shoot, but I soon became frustrated with it's lack of focal points and limited ISO capability.
A friend of a friend sold me my next camera; a gently used Canon 50D. It was still a crop sensor, but it had a lot more features on it and I was able to upgrade my lenses as well.
But cameras are like cars... hit 200,000 miles and you start to realize that you are living on borrowed time with it. I used the heck out of my already used 50D and knew it was time to say goodbye.
Now, every Canon photographer wants a 5D Mark iii. I'd love one, but I sure wouldn't be able to justify the price tag that comes with it. Maybe one day :)
I'd like to say the 6D gives the Mark iii a run for it's money, though. It had everything I wanted on it. Faster response, better LCD screen, full frame sensor, more focal points, ability to shoot at high ISO with little grain... and VIDEO! Yet, I quickly found out that I suck as a videographer so it will be awhile before I post any videos here :)
I was so excited about my new camera that I resorted to taking exciting pictures of Jocelyn and our toaster.
Nope. Not kidding.
My toaster has never looked so good!
Exciting stuff now, people!
And of course I had it on hand while decorating the tree.
The following picture grosses me out. Ugh. Dog germs! Get some hot water! Get some disinfectant! Get some iodine!
But what really made me fall in love with my new camera were these pictures...
Taken with just a little ambient light from the nearby hallway.
So far, this is the best Christmas ever :) And I'll have the (bad) video to prove it!