... I have to admit that I am a total gadget freak and gearhead. That said I am the first to admit that these things don't make as much difference to our pics as we hope they will. If you can't frame or compose a picture, or have any clue what effect light has on an image then the world's most expensive camera is little more than a lump of moving parts and fancy glass.
However... I have started to find my limitations with my current Canon EOS 1000D. Don't get me wrong it is an awesome machine for a beginner. I have taken some fantastic shots with it and I can't think of a better way to be introduced to the world of DSLR photography. However my skill and needs have progressed and thinking about the next steps I need something a little quicker, certainly a little more robust and with slightly better image quality.
I had two real options based on my budget. The EOS 550d and the EOS 50d. The 550 was my first real choice because of all of the bells and whistles. However being realistic I will take very little footage (and we have a Flip for that...) and what I really want is a better camera.
So it has transpired that after a lot of soul searching and questions, some doubtless frustration of a few salespeople and some gratuitous gadget groping I have plumped for the Canon EOS50d with a 17-85 F4/5.6. I know from my gut feeling that I have made the right decision and first impressions are that it is an awesome piece of kit! As with everything I prefer to be using kit that is slightly better than me rather than trying to squeeze out extra performance from something slightly under par.
This is Canon's base model 'prosumer' model and more than enough for my needs. Sadly, Monday morning brings the inevitable requirements of the office but I am sure we will have plenty of adventures together. Watch this rather exciting space...