The Return of The Mac

Good song.  I’d definitely reach for the dial on this one.

I’ve got a secret.  Well, it’s not really a secret.  Lots of people know about it.  And it’s not like I’ve been hiding it from the interweb.  I just haven’t announced it.  Mainly because I wanted to get past this learning curve.  But who gives a hoot about learning curves.

I got a new camera.

*cart wheels*back flips*happy dance*woot*eeeeeeeeeeeee*

Yep.  I upgraded.  The kahuna has not retired but a new young stud has stepped up to the plate.  I call it Mac.

Short for Mac Daddy, of course.  (Of course.)

Mac is bigger and heavier and faster and megapixelier.  To be more specific, a Canon 7D.

*so excited*jumping up and down*it’s so fetch*holla*

My learning curve is that I can’t always find what I’m looking for on the camera body.  Yes, it’s easier to adjust settings on the Mac because there’s a wheel and a dial (no more menu hunting), but my hands aren’t used to it.  With kahuna, I could be like one of the soldiers who’s blindfolded and dissembles his weapon.  No need to see to control it [other than that whole having to see to actually take a picture thing].  Mac… not there yet.

And I don’t know if this is operator error but it seems to read the light differently.  Maybe faster?  Maybe better?  I’m not sure but I know that I had trouble figuring out the lighting while visiting Big Bro.  Maybe I need hoods for my lenses?  Eh… who knows, I’ll figure it out eventually.

Coming up with the name was troubling too.  I really thought my new 7D would be a gal – it did things better than the kahuna so it made sense that it would be dubbed with a female name.  But after handling it for a couple weeks, the sheer weight of the thing made the push toward “Mac”.  “Mac Daddy” because it has an unusual power over me.  It’s a pimp camera.  It’s a Mac Daddy.

I’m very excited.  And I can’t wait to use it more because with the hecticness that’s been going on in my world of late, I haven’t gotten to play that much.  But I’m sure the weekly photo challenge will help me get past the learning curve faster.

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December 3, 2010 - 9:34 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - Boo, typically when one announces a new addition to the family, a photo is provided. When do we get to see Mac in all his megapixily glory?

December 3, 2010 - 9:38 am

Becki D - Ju-HEALOUS.

December 3, 2010 - 9:41 am

Brooke - @Wendipants – I don’t have much. But I did meet a bowl of ice cream the other day.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/shutterboo502/5192760088/in/photostream/

December 3, 2010 - 11:57 am

Rachel - I am so jealous! I had been researching the bloggie – the hd video cameras that also take decent photos. But I think I am going to wait because they are still getting better and better and it is still a fairly new thing. I can’t wait to see your camera!! You are always welcome to come over here and use the fat cat as a test subject!

December 3, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Elizabeth - Jealousy is raging through my body and the moment.
But, I can find it deep down in my soul to be happy for you, a wee bit.

I have been coveting the 7D…but, I still think I want to save my pennies (and lots of them!) for an upgrade to the , or the likes.

Enjoy your new toy!! You photos are already great, so that tells me it’s not the equipment, but the eye and skill taking good photos. Your new camera may just push you over the top!!

Have fun!
E.

December 3, 2010 - 2:13 pm

Jeremy - If it’s that awesome you should have named it “Jeremy”.

December 3, 2010 - 9:23 pm

Dawn - You had an older Rebel, right? I’ve been “borrowing” Irwin’s 5D (which has the same sensor as the 7D, I think) lately and it totally reads the light differently than the Rebel did. Sometimes things are way more exposed than I’m expecting, and sometimes things are way less exposed than I expect. I’m quickly learning to make friends with the little light meter lock button.

I also adjusted to the wheel/dial navigation FAR quicker than I thought I would, which makes me happy. Totally easier than all the menus, for sure.

Lastly, it looks like we may be upgrading the Rebel to a 7D sometime in the future. (Probably when Irwin decides he wants to take nice pictures at the same time I do, since I’ve sort of stolen “his” camera.) Although, I think he’s thinking he wants the 7D, which would be fine with me. (He’s trying to convince me to have them both be “our” cameras and we can use them interchangeably, but I’m all, “but I want one to be MINE. You can totally borrow it, but I need to feel like one of them belongs to ME.” Because I am a selfish wench of a wife, apparently.) Anyhow, glad to hear you like it!

December 4, 2010 - 9:51 pm

katie o. - man i suck at being a part of the blogging world. and i know i’ve already said congrats on the new camera thing, but really, CONGRATULATIONS!!

December 5, 2010 - 9:50 am

omawarisan - The ice cream shot was very filling. Welcome Mac Daddy!

December 6, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Angie - Extremely jealous – I want a new camera! But you deserve it for sure!

December 8, 2010 - 11:04 am

Melissa - I want to upgrade so bad, but between saving for a house, paying off debt and spending all my money on beer, I just don’t see a new one in my future for a while!

The other problem is I am so indecisive, that I can never figure out what to even save up for!

Congrats girly! I am super jealous

December 8, 2010 - 11:38 am

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December 9, 2010 - 2:39 pm

Todd - Congrats! I always liked the pitchers you took with the old camera. If this camera’s better, can’t wait to see what you come up with!

December 9, 2010 - 11:35 pm

amanda - Isn’t it so fun to get a new piece of gear? I want to hold it and admire it and let it sleep in the bed with me for days after it arrives! Enjoy and Congrats. :)

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