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New canon digital SLR camera arrives

By Mark on Friday, August 3, 2007

With the new month of August brings the arrival of my shiny new digital camera. A Canon 400d digital slr. It took a little getting used to, as does anything new but after a few sessions I was taking digital photos that I was pretty pleased with, in their 10 mega pixel goodness. With the camera I purchased the standard Canon 18 - 55mm lens. I had been informed and also read that this lens was pretty average, but for the extra price I had to pay for it to get the kit over the body of only $65 I figured it would be a good learning lens. I had another reason for opting for it too, I wanted to have a play with some of the cheaper add on attachment lenses like the fisheye lens attachment etc and I figured I didn’t want to be screwing these budget attachments on to my good lenses so if I had a nice cheap lens to experiment with I would feel a lot better about it. I also picked the much sharper canon 50mm f/1.8 lens. The latter has no zoom and is a really tight little lens, I have yet to have much of a play with it but from all the forums I have read and people I have spoken to its a must have lens and a great purchase at its $189 New Zealand dollar retail price tag, shop around and you should be able to pick it up cheaper. I had several retailers offering it to me for $170 if I bought it off them when I purchased the 400d, but ended up getting it cheaper than that through a friends staff discount. I will post a review and some supporting photos later once I have given it a good workout.

The camera itself feels really sturdy, the build quality is great and it has a bigger LCD screen than the previous introduction Canon dslr cameras, the canon 300d and the canon 350d respectively. A few extras that I would highly recomend are a large CF ( compact flash ) card and an extra battery, this will keep you happily clicking for many hours on end. I went for a walk through our local lagoon for about 3.5 hours clicking at everything in sight and only managed to fill my 2gig compact flash card when I started adding RAW files into the equation towards the end of the adventure.

A RAW file is about 10 - 12 meg in file size comapred to the 2 - 4 meg of the highest quality .jpg.

The 2nd battery I bought off a local auction website for $25 with $5 shipping on top of that and it was nearly twice the charge of the default Canon one at 1200 mAh compared to the original 750 mAh.

A decent camera bag is also a necessity. Allow room for expansion, as you will most certainly be buying extra lenses, I have already ordered a sigma 75 - 300 zoom lens and when that arrives I will be sure to post my thoughts on that and some images for you all to see.

I got a Canon officially branded backpack style camera case that is well padded  with velco style resizeable compartments, plenty of pockets and backpack shoulder straps. Works great. (and I got it at a GREAT price through a staff discount!)

The last extra I would say you can’t do without is a sturdy tripod. With a camera such as this you will, in no time, find your self experimenting with all sorts of photography tricks and techniques and for many of them the camera will be be operating on a long exposure where any camera motion will ruin the photo. A tripod is worth its weight in gold here and by using a long exposure you open a whole new world of photographic options including night time photography which is simply awesome once you start playing with it, but that is also a whole new story in itself … stay tuned!