I used to buy a camera and keep it for a decade or longer (I still can use my Canon AE-1 P I bought used in 1992) and we even have my husbands original Canon AE-1 he bought as a teenager. Now it is a different story, because no digital camera is going to last a few decades, nor would you want it to! Sad isn't it. But not sad enough that I am going to go back to film. ;-)
So I put together my dream list of camera bodies I would consider buying when my camera finally dies . I am socking away money in anticipation of this purchase, so hopefully my old camera can hold on a while longer (a year would be great, camera bodies are expensive!). I am shopping as a Mom, not a pro photographer, so I don't want a $2000 camera. I just want a decent camera that will take great images in low light. Here are the ones I am considering:
The first one, the Canon EOS Rebel T1i 15.1 MP CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3-Inch LCD (Body Only) is my first choice because it is supposed to shoot great images up to ISO 3200 (it has the same sensor as the more expensive 50D) AND it has a movie camera built in! Sure, it is not the highest quality movie maker, but I am thrilled with the idea of not having to always carry my movie camera around (I always forget it anyway) and have the ability to take a quick movie of the kids on demand with my "real" camera. This is also a small light SLR, which many people hate, but as a busy Mom who loves to haul her camera everywhere, small and light is a plus.
The Canon EOS 40D 10.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) and Canon EOS 50D 15.1MP Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) are really nice and have heavy well-built bodies, but they do cost a bit more. However, if they get knocked off the counter by crazy boys, they are more likely to weather it.
So that is my "dream list" of camera bodies. I would love for the Canon users out there that might have one of these cameras to post a comment on the pros/cons of their camera. Unfortunately I can't consider a Nikon because I already have Canon lenses. But I would love to hear your suggestions/comments on Canon SLRs. As a stay-at-home Mom without a disposable income, the actual anticipation of getting a new camera is half the fun! I always tell my husband forget the diamonds and fancy clothing and expensive restaurants, just buy me camera equipment!
I have many new goodies headed your way, so keep on visiting the CoffeeShop. And thank you so much for dropping by!