Canon 60D – Quick Test Run, #1

11-Sep-2012

This is one of the first shots taken with my new camera, a Canon EOS 60D, that I bought last weekend in Brussels. It’s of the inside of a wooden covered bridge over the Sava River leading to the village of Sava, just to the northeast of Litija. Gazing at the shadow play here, I was immediately compelled to shoot in-camera monochrome.

This will be a considerable upgrade from the Rebel xTi I’ve been using for the past five years. There are plenty of other sources out there where you can read about the specifics and pros and cons (review 1, 2, and 3) but suffice it to say that it just felt right. In my hands I mean, not only in my heart (and wallet).

It’s bigger and a bit heavier, but not nearly as bulky as the 7D I nearly let the shopkeeper talk me into buying. Size and weight was a big issue here for me, considering I’ll be carrying it with me virtually non-stop for the next 18 months. (The price difference – along with significantly more expensive memory cards – was obviously an issue as well.)

There’s plenty to play with that has me intrigued and will keep me busy as I get to know it over the next four months – the HD video in general, and the 12,800 ISO in particular.

I went with the kit that included an 18-135/3.5-5.6 zoom which I already know will be the workhorse lens. It’s impossible to count how many times that extra 55-70 focal length, between my two current lenses, would have come in extremely handy.

By the way, does anyone know: Are new cameras anything like New Year’s Day? We’ve all heard that what we do, what we eat and how much we sleep on the first day of the year sets the tone for the rest of the year. Does this bridge in mono mean I’ll be spending more time watching the world in black and white?

And aside No. 2: Tuesday’s bike ride from Ljubljana to just beyond the bridge and back totaled 112.34 km, another personal record. I rock. 🙂

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