The colorful wolf


History – 2007-2008

(back to photography)

In the summer of 2007, 8 months after buying the G7, my parents gave me a Canon EOS 400D (or Digital Rebel XTi or Kiss X) with a cool extra lens. Since then, I’ve been spending way more money than sanity allows on lenses and other stuff. Here’s the stuff I’ve gathered so far:

  • Wrist strap
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm kit lens
  • Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS medium-range lens
  • Canon EF-S 10-22mm wide angle lens
  • Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 lens for night and indoor shots
  • Tamron 70-300mm zoom lens (add the 1.6x crop factor and this zooms a lot!)
  • Some filters (circular polarizer, warm filter, macro, etc.)
  • The usual stuff (camera bag, tripod, extra battery, memory cards etc.)

The Canon is so difficult to use sometimes! Getting the lighting correct is very difficult in some situations. I’m sure this has to do with my skill in setting up the camera, but I have heard that some gripes with this Canon are that the exposure is not that good in some cases. I’m still improving my skills, and good pictures require a lot of effort on my part, but I’m getting the hang of it, and I’m taking more and more pictures.


My favorite techniques are wide angle pictures, and time-lapse movies. After getting the DSLR and retiring my G7 I’ve been using it to connect to my laptop, and I’m using GBTimelapse to make time-lapse movies from my balcony. A couple of months ago I tried to capture a typhoon this way, but alas, the rain protection wasn’t enough and the camera short-circuited and caused a power outage. Fortunately and miraculously the camera survived though, and I’m still using it to make movies. I put one on youtube here.

All in all I’m quite happy with my camera. It’s light, fast and small. There’s only two things I don’t like: the exposure sucks sometimes, and the shutter sounds is too loud! It’s very noticable when you take a picture. Every time it sounds like “*click* *psssshhhh!*”, or something like that -__-.

(back to photography)


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