Entering DSLR Land

Posted in equipment, photos at 12:14 am by wingerz


I received my Rebel XT in the mail! I ended up picking it over the XTi because I felt like I could put the extra money ($200) towards a better lens. This is my first SLR of any sort so I can grow into it and use the next few years to figure out whether there are other features that I really want in a new body.

Haven’t had much of a chance to play around with it yet, but I’m planning on spending some quality time with it over the holidays (starting from Basic Photography 101). Looks like I’ve just committed myself to an expensive hobby. From what I’ve seen, sky’s the limit for spending when it comes to lenses, tripods, and other camera-related accessories.

For those of you who are also just getting started (ahem, Joy), here are a few free useful tools I’ve found: Microsoft RAW Image Thumbnailer and Viewer, Rawshooter Essentials (process raw files, thanks Elias), and Adobe’s Digital Negative Converter (for converting raw files to DNG).

It does seem a bit excessive to use this camera for a 96×96 icon for this post, but that happens to be the very first picture ever taken with this camera.


  1. jen said,

    December 13, 2006 at 1:51 pm

    oh my god! take the picture down!!!

  2. joy said,

    December 13, 2006 at 6:28 pm

    ack! i can’t decide what to get! :) and once i get past this hurdle, there’s still the matter of lenses…

    hm, i know what i need to get motivated to make the purchase. lots and lots of beautiful sample photos that you’ve taken with your new camera — hehe. :D can’t wait to see what you post up…

  3. wingerz said,

    December 14, 2006 at 9:02 am

    If you can’t decide what to get, I’d suggest going with a cheaper body (even though I’m not exactly qualified to give this kind of advice). I’m guessing that you’ll be happy with it for at least 2-3 years, maybe 4-5.

  4. Christopher said,

    December 14, 2006 at 12:54 pm

    Hey you should read this if Lee hasn’t already given it to you:


  5. wingerz said,

    December 15, 2006 at 12:08 am

    Thanks, I’ll take a look!

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