After months of talking myself out of it, I’ve finally joined the DSLR owners club!
As a birthday present to myself and also partly funded by Lana, I’ve become the proud owner of a Canon EOS400D. A weekend trip up to London gave me the chance to shop around a bit and eventually I plumped for the 400D and 18-55 kit lens, along with a Tamron 55-200, 1GB CF card and a LowePro bag for a total of £650 from Ask Direct on Tottenham Court Road. Not a bad deal I feel. WarehouseExpress came out a big cheaper, but not by much, and I was able to check that the unit I got is a kosher UK one.
The decision process behind the purchase was a long and difficult one. Initially I favoured getting a Nikon, but the D80 was a little too expensive. During the week I had a wavering thought that maybe I should not get a DSLR, but instead purchase a bridge camera such as the Panasonic Lumix Fz7 which would give me the extra zoom range that I get annoyed without on a compact digital, but in a small and self-contained unit. Lana thankfully and correctly set me straight in that I’d probably regret that decision in very short order. After handling both the D80 and 400D and feeling comfortable with both, the dust removal facility and cheaper price of the 400D swung it that way. The Tamron lens whilst not being the most capable glass will give me a bit of reach until I can afford to get something better, probably when we visit Japan next year.
All that’s needed now is a bit of online shopping for a couple of bigger CF cards. Any other purchases will have to wait a fair while! Though I am still tempted by a battery grip to make it a bit more weighty in the hand.
Unfortunately the weather today was rather inclement so it didn’t get a run in London. I’ve been playing with it this evening back at home, and a handful of photos are now up on flickr. Of course, the long learning curve now starts in earnest as I try to get to grips with both the camera and the theory. It will be fun practising.