My blog post “My Return to SLR Photography” summarises the background to my purchasing a Canon digital SLR. This article expands on those original notes and was the basis for my audio review in episode 157 of the NosillaCast podcast.
I would like to relate a short tale to you:
Picture this, as they say,
The year is 1981 a young (very, very young) woman spends hours reading photography magazines and catalogues and finally decides to buy an Olympus OM2n 35mm SLR camera. Yes that’s one that uses a roll of film, Digital cameras didn’t exist then in those dark distant days.
For the next 20 something years, the camera serves its mistress faithfully, never putting a foot wrong and producing its finest results at everything from mad parties, day trips, family events to being a close travelling companion on distant excursions to far flung continents.
Over the years the Olympus produced drawers full of photographs that eventually found their way into boxes at the back of cupboards.
Over time, technology moved on and digital cameras started to appear on the scene. The, by now slightly older woman, saw the merits of these new fangled devices, ahh no more developing costs or storage nightmares, and instant gratification upon seeing the result of that shutter release.
And so it was that at the beginning of an expedition to various parts of Australia in 2002, the trusty 35mm Olympus was left at home on it’s 21st birthday and a small 2.1 megapixel digital camera was purchased. Oh the joy of snapping away and not worrying about running out of film was fantastic. Times had indeed changed!
But along with the purchase of that point and shoot digital camera came a time of photographic wilderness where, instead of looking for artful shots and choosing appropriate F-stops, the camera just took quick snaps. This lack of photographic interest was countered by the light weight and compact virtues of the small digital device, not to mention the lack of boxes and boxes of prints. Life became too hectic for multiple lenses, decisions about ISO100 vs ISO400 and developing costs. As megapixel numbers grew and camera sizes shrank an even smaller point & shoot camera was purchased, this time with a ‘whopping’ 6 megapixel. Photo quality improved but lack of a view finder was a HUGE mistake.
By now there were a myriad of photo blogs appearing on the magical interweb, Digital SLRs were being discussed on podcasts and the Flickr website was taking the internet by storm. The time had come to return to the real world of modern Digital photography and the now-middle-aged woman set about reading, not magazines as she had done some 27 years ago, but websites about the pros and cons of the multitude of digital SLR cameras available today.
After months of endless changes of mind between Nikon vs Canon a decision was made. Yes, it was to be the Canon 450D also known as the Rebel XSi, a model announced in January 2008 and it finally became available in Perth in June. Well, what a coincidence … there just happened to be a birthday in June. A pleading voice was heard to say “Oh husbandly one, I think I know what I would like for my birthday, pretty please!!”
There dawned a new era in the woman’s technology-life as she took possession of a wonderful piece of 12 megapixel digital technology and embarked on a renewed acquaintance with all things photographic.