I have been using my Nikon Coolpix P90 for the past few years to take all the pictures of my family and adventures. But because my blog is really growing, I decided that 2014 would be the year for me to take the step and purchase a DSLR camera. I’ve been saving my money and watching the prices. Yesterday, I got my brand new Canon EOS Rebel T5 in the mail. Since I am a complete DSLR novice, I decided to share the process of learning about my Canon T5 with you.
Learning about my Canon T5 – Day 1
I opened the box and laid out all the pieces. The kit I ordered had 2 lenses, the camera bag, a 16 GB SD card, wide shoulder strap, battery and charger.
I know there are a lot of opinions about whether it is worthwhile to buy the kit or buy the pieces individually. For me, I found a good deal and went with the bundle. Since I have never had a DSLR, I needed a bag to keep up with all the pieces. You definitely don’t want to have all the lenses loose in a box. By purchasing the starter kit, I will be able to learn on these basics and then upgrade as I learn more about each component.
I charged the battery for a few hours so it would be ready to go. The first step is attaching the shoulder strap and then inserting the battery and camera card.
The Canon T5 is a little larger than the Nikon P90 once you add the lens.
I am using the basic 18-55 mm lens for these pictures.
I know that to get the best benefit of the DSLR I will need to learn to shoot on manual mode. I have already started reading through the manual, but today I just wanted to see how the Canon T5 shoots right out of the box in the hands of someone who knows nothing.
I decided to do a side by side comparison. I took several shots using my Nikon and then immediately took the very same shot completely shooting using the AF setting (autofocus).
Then tonight my kids wanted to see how the camera worked. So they sat down in front of the tree and posed for lots of pictures.
Do you have a DSLR? I’ll be learning so much over the next few months and will be sharing my progress each week. I’m definitely open for suggestions, so feel free to share your knowledge.
You can order the Canon EOS Rebel T5 from many online retailers for under $500.
Sharon Williams is a mom of 3 who loves to read, travel, take pictures, work in the flowers and spend time with family. When she’s not blogging, she’s probably out enjoying life so she’ll have something fun to blog about tomorrow!