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Montrose Point

November 8th, 2003

20031108-jetta_t.jpg We headed out early this morning to Montrose Point in Chicago. You might recall our unsuccessful attempt to visit this area almost a month ago. Unfortunately, I think we went too late in the season as the only birds we spotted were seagulls. It was also extremely gloomy with some snow flurries which weren’t originally part of today’s forecast. :p

But anyway … check out my photos. Joe got some great photos as well but he doesn’t put his online. I really like his eye for composition. Whenever we sit down after a photo shoot and compare photos, I’m always impressed with many of his shots. He’ll get a particular perspective and it irks me that I didn’t think of it.

I’m itching to upgrade my current camera to a Canon EOS 10D. I WILL own this camera in the future, it’s just a matter of time. Honestly, I’ve looked at countless photos from many digital cameras, digital SLRs in particular, and the Canon ones are consistently more appealing to me. Their look is superior to that of Nikon in my opinion, and I feel like I’m missing out. So yes, I’m going to ditch Nikon for Canon. I used to feel loyal to Nikon, but two things changed my mind – 1) Nikon sending back my supposedly repaired 885 with no change (i.e. they didn’t do anything) and 2) Canon makes a superior product. Although I am rather shocked that Canon still doesn’t offer Spot Metering whereas Nikon does on all their digi cams, even the low-end models.

In any case, the 10D is less than $500 more than what I paid for the 5700, although I’d still need to pick up a lens, but it would be so worth it. Plus my 5700 would be handed down to Joe, which would be cool because I really hate how the 885 renders reds and blues in photos. Joe needs a better camera to show off what he can really do.

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  1. Polly
    November 9th, 2003 at 05:37 | #1

    The 10D is on my wishlist too. Maybe one day…

  2. Andy
    November 9th, 2003 at 12:19 | #2

    I want the 10D too!
    Have you thought about the Canon Digital Rebel (EOS 300D for us over here) around $300 (including a new design digital only lense) less than the 10D if you dont think you will be using all of the 10D’s features.
    Before you do go SLR remember the price of the lenses, especially if you go with original Canon ones.

  3. Dale
    November 9th, 2003 at 16:25 | #3

    Ultimately if you can afford it then go with the 10D you won’t regret it.

    If budget is a concern, take a look at the 300D. In some ways it’s a crippled 10D but overall it’s a damn fine camera. I retired my Nikon 990 and am very happy.

    The one thing you must do with the 300D is learn how to use the histogram display. Because exposure options are a bit limited on the 300D you must check the histogram on the first shot then adjust EV as needed. Most of the time I just use the auto-bracketing function. The camera is so fast that it’s a piece of cake to blast off the three shots (2.5 fps).

    I’m in the habit now of taking a test shot in any new environment to evaluate exposure.

    Oh and for $100 the kit lens is a steal. It’s not the best lens in the world but I challenge anyone to find major fault with it.

  4. November 10th, 2003 at 14:01 | #4

    Great pictures! I love that area, especially around the golf course- the stone wall is gorgeous!!!

    As for digital cameras, I myself have both a Canon PowerShot S200 and a Sony Mavica. I just got the Mavica as a hand-me-down from my mom, so I have yet to know how well it takes pictures, but so far so good. One big plus is that 14X zoom lens :)

    As for the Canon- I’m pretty loyal to them, as they make a fabulous product. Most anyone I know who’s gotten a Canon hasn’t been disappointed. If only I could figure out what the hell is wrong with the connection between my camera and my computer- I’m not able to get the pictures transferred!!!

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