Merry Christmas to Me

The biggest news in Alan related gift giving and receiving involves both me and me: Considering that my travels in Europe will hopefully continue with the same vigor in the new year, I decided to sink some money into a more flexible digital camera. So, as of the 19th I’m the proud owner of a Canon EOS 20D digital SLR. For no my lens is the Sigma 18-50 f/2.8 (equivalent to about 29-80mm in a 35mm camera).

The main motivations for upgrading to a DSLR were

  • larger range of focal lengths, especially toward the wide angle;
  • easier to use filters such as polarizers and graduated neutral density;
  • usable high ISOs (3200 is surprisingly good on this camera);
  • usable viewfinder (For many reasons I hate composing with an LCD); and
  • fastest response time possible (though my old Sony DSC-V1 isn’t bad at all in this respect).

Despite all the technical improvements this provides me, I don’t plan on getting rid of my Sony DSC-V1 in the near future. The idea of replacing it with something even more compact has crossed my mind, but I can’t get over the fact that I love its Nightshot mode. It’s the perfect thing to have when hanging out with friends in a bar or any similarly dark place. I consider the feature absolutely essential. If only Sony could have put it in the -T1 or -T3!

On the whole the V1 has been a fabulous camera. With my new SLR taking up the slack for serious picture taking, I’d say the V1 now has absolutely no faults except its slightly bulky size and poor quality videos (which are good for a digital camera, but there is a lot of room for improvement).

Oh, and I’ll certainly keep my Rolleiflex TLR around. I may not use it much, but that camera is so damn sexy! I can’t imagine spending too much time with film cameras these days, but there are a few that call to me. Mainly they are in the rangefinder and large format areas, I still crave big beautiful viewfinders and films now and again.

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