Canon EOS 450d: Grand Promises

Four years ago, almost to the day, I purchased a Fujifilm s6500fd 6.3mp camera. It was my pride and joy through my last year of uni, a cut above the typical student point and shoot digital cameras, and most important of all – it made me look like a real photographer. This amazingly designed, well crafted camera saw me through many adventures, the occasional soaking, hundreds of photo shoots, and was my faithful companion for most hours of most days. Needless to say, I think of it in high regard.

But the world keeps turning, and I keep growing older, wiser, and more demanding. As the in-house photographer and retoucher at Curious Design, working with 6.3 mega pixels whilst trying to achieve a billboard size photo proves to be a tad difficult. So, finally I got my savings together, and splashed out.

Doing my dutiful research, it came down to a choice between the Canon EOS 450d, or the Nikon D60. The Nikon definitely had the edge over the Canon in the weight and size department, but I never actually got to use one. I think in the end this was the deciding point for me – the EOS range is quickly becoming the ‘iMac’ of the photography world, and thus can be found everywhere, with plenty of equipment for it, and a support network to boot. Not to mention there’s a big billboard I see from my office window everyday glorifying the EOS 450…

After looking around for the cheapest retailer I could find, and a bad experience involving a LONG wait in the shop, and no actual EOS appearing, I was recommended Pro Gear in Newmarket. As soon as I walked in, I felt like it was a real photography store. It had that clean, plasticy smell that photographers love, and a long row of camera shelves surrounded a long table covered with inspiring photography books. It took 30 minutes of discussion to work out that not only these guys knew their stuff, they didn’t charge the world for it. I walked out the door with a new camera, a basic lens, 4gb SD card, and a free camera bag feeling chuffed at the $200-less-than-retail price tag.

Due to having to wait for the battery to charge, I was only able to have a quick play with the camera in the evening. My initial impressions is of a comprehensive, yet slightly clunky interface – quick photo taking, but it seems to be a bit of a hassle to adjust and play with the settings, and not terribly intuitive. This is probably due to me coming from a comparatively simple digital camera, and an even more simple film camera – no doubt it will all become obvious with time, and reading the manual will probably help a bit too.

Ultimately, I can’t wait to use it. In fact, I might go on a bit of a twilight cruise tonight to have a play. Wish me luck.

Canon EOS 450d

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