All of the stars aligned, and I am now the proud owner of a new (to me!) camera!
Someone living near my parents was selling their old Canon 5D Mark II, and since Fritz has been borrowing my camera for his dental photography (yep, that’s a real thing), we saved our tax refund from last year for just a moment such as this.
Once we evaluated the overall sketchiness (or non-sketchiness) of the man selling the camera (clues: he had the original paperwork for the camera, was very knowledgable about the camera and the accessories, he suggested we meet in a public place), and tried it out, we were happy to hand over the cash.
And now I just have to figure out what the h-e-double hockey sticks I’m doing.
Luckily, I just happen to have the perfect model in town (sick of my non-food blogging yet?):
Mom and dad (just happened to have on coordinating outfits):
And dad took me on his weekly tour of the grounds–checking out his garden (aka my CSA for the year).
So far I really see a huge difference with this camera, mostly things that probably wouldn’t be obvious to the average person but make getting a good pictures a thousand times easier. The pictures of Liana and my dad (“Papa”) on the couch were taken in a pretty dark living room without any additional lights on–and on a rainy day to boot. Even with the ISO turned up much higher than usual, I was able to get pictures that weren’t terribly grainy. Focusing is also much easier, especially since I recently (okay, this morning) learned how to back-button focus.
The full-frame also makes it a lot easier to fit people into my view (what am I trying to articulate here?) without having to stand across the room. The lens I use is a 1.4 50mm, which does mean sometimes I have to run half a mile to get everyone into a picture.
Clearly I have a lot to learn and get used to, but so far I’m loving it–nothing like new equipment to get you excited to take pictures!