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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