The camera I use for photographing my still life setups, my art for posting on my blog and sometimes to develop prints from is the only camera I have. It's the Canon XTi with the EF-S 17-55mm /1:2.8 IS lens...this is a huge set-up to carry around. I have a couple of smaller lenses (in size and quality) but they don't have image stabilization and once you're used to this its hard to go back to being so careful to hold the camera still.
For a long time I've wanted something "just to snap" pictures with...small enough to fit into my purse without killing my shoulder. I go through phases...of researching until I am totally confused...I've even gone to look at these "little" things...(like the one to the left) only to be more confused!! There are many times I would like to be able to get a picture...but my camera is at home.
The last couple of weeks I went through the whole process again...research, go to the store and look and hold, talk to the sales people (who know less than I do)...and came home with nothing.
This time, I went back the next day and bought one...am I happy with it? NO!! It's going back the first of the week. After listening to me talk about what I have and what I wanted to do the salesman recommended a "mid range camera" (Powershot 100SX IS) . It just doesn't feel right, DON'T LIKE THE PHOTOS and it's bigger than I wanted...or at least bigger than WHAT I THOUGHT I WANTED.
But then history has proven that despite all the research I still don't know what I want. Canon now makes a smaller "starter lens" 18-55 with image stabilization...it's only about 2.5 " long (quite small) and would downsize my camera package considerably. It still costs as much as some of these little cameras I've been looking at. I JUST DON'T KNOW!! Why are some things so hard?
So one more time I've done nothing...OOPS! sorry, wrong here, I did make a purchase, which because I'm not going to keep it...I now have to make another trip out of town (using expensive gas) and (precious time) to return it.
You know the thing is I LOVE MY CAMERA (Canon XTi)...it's just too big to always have with me...so here I am again lugging this huge camera an lens set-up to another art fair.
So I ask: What camera do you use as your main camera for photographing your art and your reference materials? Do you have a second camera? Is there a camera you recommend as a "carry around" ?
The "Chat Line" is open...I look forward to your comments and please feel free to comment on what others have to say.
Have a great weekend...I'll be showing at the Naperville, Illinois woman's club art fair this weekend...will report back the first of the week...WITH PHOTOS!
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