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November 18, 2004

And the winner is...

the Canon Digital Rebel!

Although the Nikon D70 has a couple features up on the Drebel, Canon's lens offerings, frighteningly wonderful rebate, and cable release finally won me over. That, and Costco's got a sweet deal (as they do on just about everything). $949 for the camera, lens, and an extra battery -- essentially knocking the camera and lens down to $900. There's also a rumor they're giving an instant $50 rebate on top of that, plus Canon's own rebate program. I haven't hit my local Costco since Halloween, so the only part I know for a fact is the $949 kit deal.

The two batteries bit kind of negates the concerns I and others have about the start-up time of the camera. Why bother saving battery life with the auto off or turning it off manually when you have two whole batteries, eh? ;)

I spent too much time reading reviews when considering DSLRs rather than looking at my own shooting style and needs. My current film SLR has a lot of the same limitations people are bitching about with regard to the Digital Rebel. How will I miss the ability to manually select an autofocus mode if I've never had it? Do I really care about manual white balancing when I can shoot raw and tweak it to my heart's content in post (or just use a damn grey card to get reasonably close to begin with)? I don't walk into a scene and proclaim the light to be 2700 Kelvin, nor do I carry any tools which can do it for me. Therefore, I don't care.

Perhaps tomorrow should be New Camera Day.

Posted by Colin at November 18, 2004 10:10 AM

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Ohh... YAY!!! You will share your photos, yes? :)

Posted by: Trinity at November 18, 2004 11:17 AM

Of course I will. I'll have an excuse to breathe some life back into my poor, dead photoblog. :)

Posted by: Colin at November 18, 2004 2:42 PM

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