Playing around with my Minolta 50mm prime lens.
I have used many cameras over the years, but I have never made the jump to interchangeable lens cameras like DSLR or mirrorless. I decided to change this and try to build up the cheapest, but most entertaining ‘kit’ possible. My goal is to learn about photography, not spend $4,000 on excessive gear. That being said, here is what I have amassed so far:
Canon EOS Rebel XT, DSLR. Entry level DSLR from 2004. 8 megapixel, APS-C sensor. Came with kit lens, 18 to 55mm, F3.5ish. EF-S mount. Around $70, shipped, from eBay.
Tamron 85-210mm, F4.5 to 22. FD mount, adapted to EF mount, $10, eBay.
JCPenny 28mm, F2.8 to 16, wide angle lens. MD (Minolta) mount, adapted to EF. $8.50, eBay.
Minolta, 50mm, F 2.0 to 22, “Normal” or portrait lens. MD mount, adapted to EF, $15, eBay. My favorite lens so far.
Other miscellaneous stuff: CF to SD card adapter, so I can make the leap into the 21st century. $12, Canon IR remote, $7.99, Camera strap, $15, camera bag, wife was able to snag for free, and ball head tripod, $60.
So far, I have kept it right around $200 for everything. The most fun I have had is with a prime lens, the 50mm. It makes you compose shots differently, since you have to get closer and it makes a fantastic macro lens. All of the photos of lenses above were taken with the XT, with the 50mm, except for the photos of the Camera and the prime lens, which was taken with the kit lens or borrowed from online.
A shout out to Canon, even with this 15 year old camera, I can still download the Digital Photo professional, latest version, just had to type in my serial number. The biggest difference I have noticed between shooting with point and shoots and my phone is the color reproduction is spot on and I can control the depth of field.
I have been shooting in RAW and jpeg and learning how this all works. No masterpieces yet, but I am learning. I plan to be shooting fall colors this weekend. Ironically, the photos I posted last year were taken at the forest preserve less than 100 yards from my new house! I can compare and contrast how the new camera performed and enjoy nature.
It has been a while since I have posted, but I have big news! After 15 years, we are moving to a new house! For the last 15 years we have lived in a Cape Cod style home. It has served us well, but there were things that we just could not change, like the location and the stairs/laundry arrangement.
So, after a decade and a half, we decided to look for a new home and we finally found one that fit the bill. I am 45 years old, so the stairs are starting to take a toll. We both wanted a ranch. Luckily, in the southern suburbs of Chicago, ranch style homes are very popular.
We were looking for several years and working hard to make it possible. Moving is never an accident, I assure you. The wife and I toured many homes, I would guess close to 20, if you include open houses. We did really like one home, but the seller really did not want to work with us on the price and the house was not really that great for us. We ended up looking at another house in Mokena and just fell in love with it. The layout is just what we were looking for and it has some bonus features, like an impressive fire place, that really sealed the deal. Say what you want about huge banks, but when Chase says you will close in 21 days, you will close in 21 days!
A week after we closed we moved into our new house. It took about a month to unpack everything. This post is going up 1 month and 1 day after we moved, and I have just 2 more boxes to empty in my workshop. So far, our son just loves his new school. We were planning on finishing the year in his old school, but the commute and other issues were just too much. He just loves the new school, so it is a win-win.
The whole area is much better than I expected, quiet, birds chirping all the time. As with any house, there are minor things to fix, but nothing too out of the ordinary. So far, so very good.