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For school/work I wanted to get a nice DSLR camera.  What did I want in a camera?

  • Something that took great detail/close up shots.  I knew that I would need a macro lens and ring flash, as these are what is most commonly used in my field.
  • Something that would be under $1000 since I am a poor grad student.
  • A versatile camera that could be used to take snapshots.
  • Easy to learn.

After talking to some instructors and some fellow students I narrowed it down to a few different options.

  1. Canon Digital Rebel xSi
  2. Canon EOS Rebel T1i
  3. Nikon d60

What I ended up getting was the Canon EOS Rebel T1i in a kit from Costco.  Here is what my kit included:

Features and Benefits:

  • Effective Pixels: 15.1 -megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 4 Image Processor
  • LCD Monitor: 3.0″ TFT color LCD; 920,000 dot color monitor
  • Top Shooting Rate: Up to 3.4 frames per second
  • Live View: Enhanced Live View shooting includes face detection mode
  • HD Video: Full HD video capture at 1920×1080 resolution with HDMI output
  • Focus Area/Sensors: 9 AF points (Cross-type)
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 3200 in 1 step increments
  • Focusing Modes: Auto, One-Shot AF, Predictive Al Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual Focusing (MF)
  • Metering Modes: 35-zone TTL full-aperture
  • Power Source: Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • Images Per Battery Charge: Up to 500
  • Dimensions: 5.1” x 3.8” x 2.4” (W x H x D)
  • Weight: Approx. 1.1 lbs.
  • Storage Media: SD/SDHC

What’s Included:

  • Canon Rebel T1i Digital SLR Camera Body
  • Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens
  • Canon EF-S 55-250mm IS Lens
  • Canon Rebel Gadget Bag
  • 4GB SD Card
  • Mini HDMI Cable
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack
  • Battery Charger
  • AV Cable
  • USB Interface Cable
  • Wide Strap
  • EOS Digital Solution Disk
  • EOS Rebel T1i Guide with Rick Sammon DVD
  • “Great Photography is Easy” Booklet

To me this seemed like a pretty good deal and I knew from previous experience if I had any problems Costco customer service would help me out.  I also ended up purchasing a Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Digital SLR Lens for EOS Digital SLR Cameras and a Sigma EM-140 DG Macro Ring Flash for Canon SLR Cameras.

What I have learned since getting all this equipment is that photography is not easy!  Even when you have the fancy equipment.  So I recently joined a photography group in my town and went to my first meeting; I learned about the exposure triangle and then I came home and practiced some shots.  The guys in the group were great and did not make fun of all my newbie questions.  At this point I want to become proficient in using the different modes on my camera and capturing what my eye sees.  After that I can start focusing on the “pretty” shots.

Taken in aperture priority mode, no flash, EFS60mm f/2.8 Macro USM

Shutter 1/25

Aperture f/8.0

ISO 400


I went to go see the Detroit Derby Girls Friday night down at the Cobo Arena.  Since I am new in town I joined to try and meet some new friends.  Spending 6 hours on a trip to Detroit with people you have never met is kind of a crapshoot.

I have always wanted to check out the roller derby because it seems pretty cool.  Girls with tattoos and great derby names kicking ass and having fun.  The night included two match ups between Detroit teams.  The matches are both an hour long; the lower ranked teams go first and the higher ranked teams go second.  If I had to do it over again I would have just gone for the second match.  Tickets were $15, which I thought was pretty reasonable for the whole evening.  Before each match they play a little video to explain the way derby works and there are announcers for the matches.  It is pretty family friendly with kids games during halftime.  I would go back to check out the travel teams, since they are more competitive.  On March 5th there is a match between the Detroit DDG Travel Allstars and the Chicago Windy City Roller All-Stars.  Of course I would have to cheer for Chicago, my home town.

I took the new camera along with my Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250mm.  Since I have no idea how to do anything manually I tried out the Sports mode and No flash mode.  The no flash mode seemed to work out better because the sports mode photos were too dark.  Here are a couple of my favorite shots.