After several months of researching, debating and careful consideration ...
I decided to go with the Canon T2i (EOS Rebel 550D). It is a nice mid-entry level camera that fits my (our) needs perfectly and I don't see growing out of it any year soon. I was torn between buying a camera package (body, base lens, zoom lens & camera bag) or just the camera with a base lens. I decided on just the camera with the base lens (18-55mm) because I really want to get to know my camera and learn how to use it first. Then I'll worry about zoom.
How fabulous is my husband? When we got home from the store, he ordered me a really nice camera bag, 2 back-up batteries, a Hoya UV glass filter, 2 spare batteries and a good book on how to use this crazy camera! Isn't he the best??? I sure think so!
My next purchase truthfully will end up being a Speed light. But ... let's not jump the gun too fast here! Ha ha! (Already eyeing up the Speedlite 430EX II!!)
Many moons ago, I had a Minolta Maxxum 3xi FILM camera with the 18-55 & 55-200mm lens. Sadly some of you out there may not even remember a world with film cameras. It seems very archaic, especially when you know you can now take 3000+ shots on a 32 GB card. I bought that Minolta and wow did I love it! It was the cream of the crop back in 1989! I used it right up until film cameras became extinct about 12 or 13 years ago. Konica has since bought Minolta. Sold it at a garage sale about 8 years ago for $25.
I took some fab photos with that old Minolta. But this canon - it's a whole new world. It's apples & oranges compared to the Minolta. The basics stayed the same obviously (aperture, ISO/ISO Film, etc...) but wow, there are so many more things to learn. It's going to be a slow but super-fun process!
I bookmarked this website 'Two Peas in a Bucket' a while back - it has a free basic photography tutorial. I don't remember who's blog I found it on, but I am going to share it for anyone interested in the basics- It has some great info. You can even download the PDF's and put them on your E-Reader like I did! Technology rocks!
Does anyone have any other suggestions for Photography tutorial sites or classes that helped you? (Free preferably!)
Here are some shots I took of my mom's little ankle-biter Chihuahua when they were visiting yesterday.
I had no clue what I was doing with the settings but some of these came out ok.
Sadly I did not even get a chance to take many photos of Julianna. I did, however get her feet!
This captures Julianna's personality since she is such a happy kid... I was playing with aperture (I think) and it's wayyy grainy but I love her smile... so I had to put it out here!