As I mentioned before, my own computer broke down. It’s been 3 weeks already and I start to notice the cons of it. At first I thought I could manage, I made a backup of all my pictures, music, etc on a hard disk. Yes I was well-prepared. Until now that was all I really needed.
But then I wanted to write a new post on my blog. I took the pictures and wanted to use them immediately. There was only one thing holding me back: my camera programs aren’t on this computer. I don’t want to install them either because it is not my computer, obviously.
While I was, defeated, looking around my room, my camera caught my attention. Yes, why not writing about you, mate?
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a professional (you’ll know when you have seen my past pictures). But I think that makes it even more interesting for other beginners, doesn’t it?
Why? As someone who is interested in all kinds of visual arts, I always wanted to have my own camera to fool around with. Since I didn’t have the money to buy one, I used my parents’ camera. Which is a canon, IXY 910 is (or Powershot SD870 is). It is an older version of course but I think cameras in this series are pretty good anyways. If you are looking for a compact camera, you should look into this one also.
Soon this camera came short in my needs and I started to look for a DSLR.
I found the perfect one for me: Canon kiss x7.
Where? Bic Camera, Japan.
Why? Although I really wanted to have a DSLR. I knew that a huge one wouldn’t motivate me to keep going with photography. All the recommendations I got from other people vanished when I saw this one. It is said to be the smallest DSLR of the world. Whether it I true or not, I liked the fact that it was so small. It is perfect for me, because you don’t need much space in your bag and it fits in my hand perfectly. It is ideal to take it with you for travelling. It wasn’t too expensive either so that was a great plus.
The touchscreen isn’t really that important, but I think it is a great way to get to know your camera. You can choose the exact spot of focus for example. Which others can probably too, but if you are a beginner, you won’t know how to anyway.
Lens? I just bought the kit lens (18-55mm). Just like the camera itself it is great to learn photographing, but it has its limits of course. I think it is better for macro than for landscape pictures or details far away … Yeah, I know, sounds very professional of me!
Accessories? I bought a camera wrap (by Hakuba). It is the best, because it barely takes in more place in your bag. Unless you like to throw your bag around, because it doesn’t protect as much as the usual camera bag.