Old school camera

Old school camera

My nephew Jason (16) did a digital camera class at high school last semester using a basic point-and-shoot digital camera. This semester he’s doing the next class, and for this he needed a proper DSLR (if you’re interested, a comparison of types of camera is here). Of course, as I am the camera geek in the family (as well as being the family scrounger) they came to me to ask if I could find something for him to use for less than the $4-500 price of a new entry level DSLR.

Funnily enough, Jackie’s friend and colleague Megan (who I often chat to over the interweb about camera gear as she’s a camera geek too) had just called me for advice about buying a second-hand lens from someone on Craigslist. I knew that the lens had been bought as part of a “job-lot” that included a Canon 300D camera body. This was the camera that started the whole popular DSLR revolution as it was the first one that sold for under $1,000 when it came out in 2003, and it’s an ideal camera to learn on- it’s only 6.3 megapixels but it’s a excellent quality camera without all the bells and whistles of the newer models. So I called Megan and she agreed to sell it to me for $75 (a steal! thanks Megan!). Then I sallied forth onto eBay in search of a basic zoom lens, and very quickly snagged a 1st generation EF 35-80mm 1:4-5.6 lens for $50 🙂

The lens arrived this morning, and I opened it a little nervously (well, you never know what you’re going to get!) but it seems to work perfectly- the auto focus works and it stops down nicely. There’s a little dust inside it, but not enough to affect the quality of the pictures, and it’s again a nice lens to learn on- no image stabilisation or anything fancy, just good, old school Canon optics.

So, when I headed out with the dog I took the camera and it’s new (!) lens with me to try them out- and I think for $125 it’s a pretty good deal (see below)! Now I just need to dig out an old Compact Flash card reader and burn the 300D manual I downloaded to a disk and I can give the whole kit to Jason tomorrow 🙂

Ice crystals in the mud

Dog

Stream: slow shutter…

…and fast shutter 🙂

Dog and ball

Doofenshmirtz

This lens actually has quite nice bokeh

And more ice crystals


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