Friday, March 16, 2007

WARNING ! New “baby” overload

EGADS. It can’t be ... no, no. Please calm down. NO. After 25 years of marriage Rick and I did not finally decide to have a baby.

Actually, I blame it all on Susan in WA. If not for her I wouldn’t have had “baby envy” and had to go out and get one of my very own. Well ... not completely true, but she did push me over the edge of the cliff I’ve been hanging on for awhile now.  I’ve been thinking for quite some time that I really needed a small tote-along camera rather than lugging the Rebel along with its huge telephoto lens everywhere I go, plus I wanted the capability to take movie clips. Don’t get me wrong, I’m quite pleased with my Rebel and its performance, but it’s not the easiest thing to take on a trip. It literally weighs me down. So, I hereby proudly introduce my new baby—my Canon PowerShot SD800 IS:
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I like the way the camera can be stood on end. Pretty, isn’t she? When I uncovered her from all her wrappings it was love at first sight. Lucky, that, since I never did see the camera in person before I ordered one. Slim and light, she fits in the palm of my hand. I like touching her body and it has a nice heft to it. Just right. Her bright LCD screen takes up most of her backside and the controls are readable without having to put on my reading glasses, a real plus. The difficult thing was to wait until the battery had charged before I could start to play. Patience, girl.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey
Not only did she look good, but within a short amount of time I was flipping through the different modes with no problem at all. Very user friendly. I am not one to be immediately at home with a new techie toy. Without really trying, the images were good. Here are a few

Rick’s cheeses ageing in the basement.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Our dinner last night: (my own creation of pistachio-crusted Turkey Parmigiana; recipe here) Trust me—it’s delish!
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I took a short walk and tried different settings in different kinds of light. This next image was taken with the macro lens. The feather is teeny-tiny, no bigger than about an inch long.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

It did a good job showing up the color and texture in the bark of this tree in my front yard.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

Can you guess what this is? It’s a water-filled, muddy print of a bear’s hind foot. Again, it captured it nicely.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

In this image I think it did a good job with color and contrast with difficult subject matter. I even caught some kind of duck in flight.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

And last, cute white-tailed deer in my foggy front yard yesterday morning.
Lynne Robinson, Hewitt, New Jersey

I’m still struggling a bit with the macro and I need to figure out what I’m doing wrong. But other than that, so far I am pleased. This camera was the best fit for me after doing lots of research online by reading and comparing reviews. I wanted it to be small enough and light enough to carry in my purse. While others looked great, they were just a bit too big. The SD800 had some features that I thought were important (at least to me they were), such as: an optical viewfinder. Even though all the reviews complain about how the ones on the smaller cameras aren’t accurate, I know from experience that in bright sunlight LCD screens can be next to impossible to see. Another feature was image stabilization to eliminate camera shake and allow you to take photos without flash in lower light situations. I didn’t want to be able to choose my own manual settings, I really wanted this to be a point-and-shoot, but creatively, travel camera. If you’re interested, the review is here. It could use a longer zoom lens, but that was one of the trade-offs I made.

For now the baby is behaving nicely. No tantrums, and no one is whining. Now I can’t wait for the Las Vegas trip!


Welcome, I'm Lynne. You know me better as a 'new' Jersey Girl. But now I've moved once again, this time to North Carolina. Here I write about my thoughts, good food, and of course, dogs.

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