Sunday, January 2, 2011

The Camera Hunt Begins...

HA! I bet you thought my blog was dead already didn't you? Well, I told you I would be back at the first of the year, so thanks for the lack of faith.

Anyway, with the Xmas season behind me and the New Year's hangover starting to fade, I think it's time to go hunting for some new equipment. I figured the best place to start would be getting a camera, and even though I had the Nikon D3100 on my 2011 wishlist post a few weeks ago, I'm afraid I've had to rethink that decision. I simply can no longer say that the Nikon is a reasonable replacement for the Canon 550D (or Rebel T2i).

More Megapixels, a higher resolution LCD screen, port for an external mic, and the list goes on. However, I'm not completely ignorant of the T2i's faults either. The most glaring being Canon's blatant disregard of it's AGC (Audio Gain Control) issues. The rolling shutter issue that plagues all CMOS sensors might also be worth mentioning, but based on test videos that I have seen around the web, it seems less prevalent in the T2i than the Nikon. That said, the Canon is the obvious choice at the end of the day.

It seems that for every decision I make, I am presented with yet another question. Now that I have decided on a camera model, I now have to decide how I am going to make up for the $200 price difference and still be able to buy a decent piece of glass for it. Well, unfortunately, I don't have all the answers, but I do know what lens(es) I am going to try and get.

The first lens on my list is your standard EF 50mm F/1.8. While I would love to splurge on an EF 50mm F/1.4, I checked the tree behind my house this morning and it has yet to sprout $100 bills, so it's probably not going to happen. The higher F-stop makes this lens more flexible in low light situations and it makes for a good portrait lens when doing still photography. It's nothing fancy, but it gets the job done.

Speaking of getting the job done, another option I am considering is a mount adapter ring to convert my Nikon lenses to fit a Canon mount. With a ticket price just shy of $40 it is a quick fix, but cheapness always comes with it's pitfalls. The unfortunate side effect of the converter is that you lose all automated functions and you can't use a lens that doesn't have a manual F-stop control. Customer reviews give the impression that there is a slight amount of play between the adapter and camera body, but none that I read said that it effected image quality. This would be a great way to stretch my dollars a bit more, but not sure if I like what I am giving up in the long run.

Anyway, that's the game plan for now, try to find a good deal on a T2i body and get a cheap lens until I can afford better ones. I may even consider going with the kit lens, but doing so puts the 50mm out of reach for a bit. Also, be on the lookout for more updates over the next week, I plan to start re-editing some of my old work into demo reels and posting them here (as well as job sites) so stay tuned.

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