I've been hanging out in the Canon forums for a few weeks now, but have never posted in this section. And since I just recently completely overhauled my gear and went to the next level with my photography, I thought it would be a good time to introduce myself to everyone
on the site.
I live in central Kentucky, USA, and am in my first year of college. Maybe someday I'll get lucky and make a bit of money in the dime-a-dozen world of photogs, but I'm having lots of fun as an advanced amateur/enthusiast. Apart from photography I play the organ for a living, and that is what I'm studying in college right now. Anyway, I recently came from Sony to Canon, for various reasons, mainly because I didn't enjoy their ergonomics and I feel the upper level bodies are inferior. I regret the decision even less now that Sony announced their intention to manufacturer solely "EVIL" cameras.
But I didn't make just a mere brand switch, I changed the whole class of everything I own.
My favorite subject to shoot is aviation, mostly actual airshows. But I shoot pretty much anything to document my life. In the stores I fell in love with the ergonomics of the xxD bodies from Canon, and went with the EOS 50D because of a good deal refurbished. And it works like a charm. Since I have a Sony Handycam HD camcorder, I don't really miss the video mode of the newer 60D/7D at all. And it's just as good if not better photographic camera than the 60D. It's comfortable, feature-rich, and most importantly operates very quickly and easily. Much more easy to use than the entry level ones which require too much menu hunting. I chose my lenses with the knowledge I didn't have when buying my first DSLR, that being that they're much more important than the body is in terms of final image quality. Because I shoot on a crop frame DSLR, I chose the extremely versatile and surprisingly well performing EF-S 15-85mm. It seems to have everything the 24-105L does except build quality. And for telephoto and in particular airshows, I bought the Tamron 70-300mm VC USD. Since it's a third-party lens, it is a steal
. Very sharp and the new focus motor is great. I'd love more reach but it can't be beat for $450. So that's a brief synopsis of my style and gear, the 50D is long in the tooth but I may go more in depth with my other gear over in the user review section.
I've really enjoyed my time here on the forums so far. Look forward to many more great discussions, and above all, taking more great pictures!