This weekend I bought the Canon 550D I had decided to get, so of course I needed to try it out. There’s a nice old cemetery near me, which is ideal for this kind of thing. I spent a few hours there wandering around listening to photography podcasts and generally being in my own world. I came pretty close to filling my 8GB card.
I’m really pleased with the results, especially the mono shots.
Some of the pictures I thought were in focus were actually quite badly out of focus. I think the kit 18-55mm lens has a bit of ‘wobble’, and can easily be nudged out of alignment (or I may just need to be a bit more precise). The lens is actually my biggest regret, enough that I may try and return it for something else – not because it’s so terrible, but because I often found myself at the 55mm end, wanting to go further. There’s a 18-200mm Canon lens that may be a much better fit for me.
The low light stuff came out really well. Despite today being pretty overcast today, the pictures look great. It’s nice finally having a camera that shoots RAW. I’m looking forward to giving HDR a shot. Video too, but I think I’m definitely going to need a tripod or some kind of grip as it’s really hard to hold the camera steady.
Basically though, I’m really happy.