Luckily it wasn't me this time, but my camera. In the 70s I bought my first SLR. As any SLR user know - there is nothing to compare to that kind of camera, so when the digital SLRs became affordable for a simple amateur, I bought one in 2004. It was a Canon 300D SLR. It has given good service and will continue to do so in its new existence as my son's camera.It has been added to and upgraded in various ways: New and supplementary lenses, new flash, extra batteries, memory cards etc. And I like to think that I have learned a thing or two about photography.
But the time has moved on. It was now time to think of an upgrade to the body itself. The Canon series comparable to the 300D (350D, 400D, 450D) are good cameras, but I felt more like it would be like exchanging my car for the latest model of the same car. I wanted to step up a level at the same time. So I landed on a Canon 40D camera body. I get to keep all my other goodies, and at the same time step up.
The Canon 40D Is not a small and light camera - indeed, it is fairly heavy since it is made of a magnesium alloy and not plastic. It is also large compared to the 450D and others of the same kind. More in line with the "old time" SLRs. But this makes it sturdy and at the same time packed with features - so packed that I will need quite some time to master them.
I have not done this with the expectation that my pictures will immediately grow into something that will have gallery owners running to my door - on the contrary, you may well see a period of insecurity while I try to master all the new stuff. However, I hope its more modern features, upgraded electronics and increased sturdiness will make life easier for me and thus easier to take good photos.
In the meantime, here are two pictures taken just outside the door:
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