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DSLR shopping (done)

by Rob Friesel

Canon XTiWell, gentle readers, yesterday I wrapped up the hemming and hawing and took the DSLR plunge.  Motivated in part by the impending baby and in part by a good Memorial Day Sale deal, I picked up a Canon XTi.

A. & I ventured out yesterday to hit a couple of stores and try our luck with the advertised sales and their not-always-advertised deals.  The main objective was to get a little bit more hands-on play time with the front-running models (i.e., the Nikon D60 and the Canon XTi) and shore up the decision.  I had found a couple of good deals online ( to the rescue) but figured by the time we factored in shipping, there was a chance I would spent about the same amount at a brick-and-mortar store.  Plus (as mentioned above) the last thing I wanted to do was commit to one without having had another chance to get a feel for the controls.

Our first stop was out of the XTi but we did spend a few minutes with a D60.  After about 10 minutes screwing around, I decided that the D60 would be acceptable but there was something unfamiliar about the controls and the icons that bugged me out.  We left there and moved on to store #2.  They had both the XTi and the D60 in stock but neither camera was sold “body-only” — so that combined with the lack of 50mm primes combined with the less-than-great sale price…  We moved on.

Store #3…  Well, they took care of us.  The price was right, the sales person was knowledgeable and friendly and candid.  And though they carried neither a body-only kit nor the 50mm prime…  Well, she convinced me.  I’m glad I went ahead with it:


Left on the to-do list?  The kit lens is a great starter, I think but everyone keeps bringing up that fast 50mm prime.  Oh…  And does anyone have a recommendation on a good “backpack style” camera bag?

Special thanks out to Chris, John, and Justin for their feedback, recommendations, and tips.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

4 Responses to DSLR shopping (done)

Chris Kelly says:

Congrats on the purchase! Enjoy your new toy!

B&H Photo is a great place to pick up camera-related stuff (e.g the 50mm lens) if you’re going the online route. Highly recommended.

ozdistrict says:

Check out Lowepro bags – same maker as Lowealpine backpacks – heard good things about the camera bags – I have a Lowealpine pack and it is awesome.

We are going to have to chat about the camera after you test drive it a bit – I think its about time for me to pick one up very soon (ie – before vacation in July).

found_drama says:

@Chris: thanks! B&H is the tip I got from the Sales Clerk at Store #3 actually… (She was like: “I probably shouldn’t tell you this but you don’t want to buy any of the bags we have here; try this…”)

@ozdistrict: (1) the Lowepro Trekker II is one of the front runners but may have been displaced by a Tamrac Adventure 7 (which I’ve heard is sturdier and has more/better compartments for the non-camera items; this bad mamma jamma is for hikes, after all); (2) call me any time!

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