December 29th, 2004


What Kind of Camera Should I Buy?

I wrote a long sad twisted up post about the disaster and I'm just not ready to post it. Instead I think I'll just ask for your advice about something totally mundane and unrelated to all of this tragedy that I cannot stop watching on the television.

I need to buy a new digital camera. I've been using a Sony Cybershot. I like it. I've finally gotten used to it and I have a huge collection of memory sticks and finally figured out the speediest way to transfer my images to my computer so I'm not dying to learn a new system and have to buy a different card format. But the Cybershot has this long lag time when I press the shutter release. Sometimes this works to my advantage because I'll catch a weird moment but most of the time I miss important things.

I've been considering a Canon that I saw at Best Buys. I can't remember the model but it was their top of the line SLR and cost a whopping $1,599.00. I would also need to buy the extended warranty and another lens because the one it comes with is just so so. With my Cybershot, my one lens pretty much does it all for me, it gets in really super close and macro for me, and it has a nice tight zoom feature. However the Canon lens is supposed to be better than the Cybershot's Zeiss lens, glass quality wise, and the shutter speed is seriously zippy, it just fires off shots, bam, bam, bam. I've always loved Canons, my very first 35mm was a Canon F1 that my Grandfather gave me. But I'm worrying about whether I'll be able to learn how to use it, and about the cost because it'll cost about twice what the new Cybershot will. So what do you guys think?

A Wee Photo Break From the Sadness...

My chronically depressed Vietnamese friends at the local bakery made this cake for us. They wrote Happy New Year on it in Chinese. Isn't it pretty?

I had to shoo the kitties away in order to take the picture for you. When I was done the only one who still seemed interested was Tommy. Here he is tasting the cake.

After a tiny bit of cake, Tommy won the chair and was interested in my swinging lens cap. I couldn't get him to sit still long enough to get a shot that wasn't fuzzy.

While Tommy was busy bathing, Caspar, (Named in honor of Atra's beloved Caspian Sea, because of his deep blue eyes), decided to check things out and challenged Tommy for the chair.

Tommy and Caspar share the chair.