Well, if you’ve been paying attention to my flickr photostream at all, you’ve probably sussed out my big secret. I finally have a real camera!

[EF 50mm/f1.4]

I know some of you lovely folk just want naked facts, so:

I’ve forgotten how nice it was to hold an SLR and feel the perfect fit of grip-in-hand*, the soft whirr of focus lock & satisfying click-clack of the mirror swinging out of shutter’s way. This whole USM thing is new to me, and wow is it fast — now if I could only get anything to come out correctly focused, I’d be as pumped up as Violet Beauregarde. You’d think that would be the least of my problems.

Oh, and I love this macro lens. I could shoot with it forever, even though it’s just enormous. Thank goodness for neoprene straps.

*though I know some of you think the XT is too small, for my hands, well: mmmm

Seattle’s been in a weeks-long dry freeze, and for the first time since I’ve lived here I’ve been feeling as colorless and cold as the weather. Goodness knows I’ve my share of depression triggers, but I’ve never really thought myself susceptible to seasonal affective disorder. Still, frosted-over grass day after day is uncharacteristic for wintertime here, and maybe there are shadows of my past at play. It’s easy to forget sometimes, but all told, I’ve been very happy in my years in Seattle, while before that… maybe not so much.

But? Now that all is wet and mild and gray again, I’m finding myself really missing the frost.

Life’s funny that way.

Also, tip: rain and brand new camera don’t mix so well!

  • Did you get the lens/camera as a set? or did you buy the lens separately? xo

  • Loli

    Welcome back, sweetie!

  • frolic_fandango

    Now that's what I call a merry Christmas. ;) That's a pretty awe-inspiring arsenal of optical goodness that you got there. I'm really looking forward to seeing all the cool photos you'll be taking with them!

  • Jim

    Someone recently commented on our hiking photos: You always seem to luck out on the weather!

    Well, no. We get as much gloom as glory, but somehow, there is a serious reluctance to pull the camera out of its dry cozy to record the rainy trips.

    Use the Canon in good health! Help me to understand how the 50mm lens is different from the 17-85 set at 50mm.

  • Congrats on the SLR! I just wanted to say that I was at the MovableType homepage and saw NeonEpiphany in the "recently updated" list. It was like seeing a friend in the news, somehow. Silly, me.

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