I am the proud owner of a new Canon EOS Rebel XSi! David got it for me as a Mother’s day/birthday gift and I am so giddy about it. It took me forever to process the possibility of getting a digital SLR. I kept questioning myself – was it too much camera for me? Would I use it? Would it be too technical? Do I even deserve it? All these thoughts kept swirling around in my head (for months!), until I finally accepted that it was okay to want a nice camera, especially to document one of the most important people in my life right now. I also knew I was frustrated with my ancient point-and-shoot. It just couldn’t offer the creativity and flexibility I was looking for (although it is fine for throwing in the diaper bag!)

Just like everyone else considering an entry level dSLR I researched both Nikon and Canon. David’s dad, who is always good for advice on these things, recommended the Canon, I think because they are rated so highly here on Consumer Reports. He was also the person who planted the idea in my head in the first place (thanks Alan!). I also got good advice from Anna who suggested a Nikon D60 or D90. Then there is my friend Greta who also recently decided to go with a Nikon. However, the final decision for me was made because David already owned two Canon lenses, thus it made the most sense.

What do you think of my new strap cover (finally using some of my patricia fabric from Ikea)!? There is a great slipcover tutorial at Made by Petchy. And that little velcro pocket I added was a must – otherwise it would be so like me to lay my lens cap down and forget where I put it!

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8 thoughts on “Yay!

  1. YAY!!!!! I am soo excited for you. It will be the best purchase ever and years of beautiful photos! You are far to creative for a point and shoot. Hey I LOVE you strap cover…please, please, please make one for me I will totally pay you!!!

  2. Happy Shooting! 🙂

  3. Thanks Greta! You know, there are some really lovely straps and slip covers for sale here on etsy. Of course, I would still be happy to make you one (and you could choose the fabric), but I am really not very good at sewing and wouldn’t want you to be disappointed!

  4. Congratulations! Canon is just as fantastic as Nikon and I some of my friends use Canon and well, I still love them ;). But, since you already have some Canon lenses it is truly the best way to go. Enjoy exploring your new camera, I am sure you will love it.

  5. I have been wanting to upgrade to one of these…torn between the Nikon and Canon and wondering, like you, would it totally be worth it….so happy for you!!!!

  6. Lucky you! This is a wonderful gift! 🙂

  7. I think it is definitely worth it, especially to document your kids and take fab pics of your jewelry, etc. I forgot to mention above, that a big difference between the Nikon and Canon is that Canon supports “live-view,” so you can use the LCD screen to compose pictures, like with a point-and-shoot. It makes transitioning easier, I think.

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