Only As Good As My Canon

by Kelsey Norwood

in Reviews

Almost 10 years ago I bought my first SLR camera. That was a Canon, and I’m still a loyal Canon customer today. My current camera of choice is the Canon Digital Rebel XSi, and I don’t know how I ever blogged, scrapbooked, or lived, frankly, without it. I use it every day and with a minimal knowledge of photography, even I can take pretty great pictures.

canon rebel xsi digital SLR

I have been using a point and shoot digital camera for the last several years, and I have to say that moving from my point-and-shoot to a digital SLR was like going from an 1973 Volkswagen Fastback (which I drove in high school and loved) to a Porsche.

My Rebel XSi instantly increased my potential as a mommy photographer. Since I got my digital SLR, my ability to genuinely capture the moments of Joel’s life has skyrocketed. The photos I can take now honestly capture the real Joel as he is in that very moment, something I felt my point and shoot could never do. I could never get a point-and-shoot photo to feel like the real thing like I can with my Rebel XSi. Besides the great pictures, I love the XSi because it’s so simple to use. The layout of the camera is intuitive and only took me a few minutes to feel comfortable with.

I first became interested in photography as a hobby when I was in high school and saved every penny from my after school job at A&W to buy a 35mm Canon SLR so I could record my life visually. I still feel that drive to capture moments with my camera, and one of the my simplest pleasures is looking at those photos and remembering the feelings and stories that accompany them. I am on a daily quest to visually capture my life as it is day by day, and I have learned that I am only as good as my Canon – fortunately for me, that’s pretty good.


1 jenny September 12, 2008 at 6:13 am

We are canon fans at our house as well. I think since I’ve been married we’ve owned about 7 different cameras. I’m the opposite of you though. It doesn’t matter what camera I take pictures on, they are lame. And then there’s my husband, who can take pictures with a disposable camera and make them look fabulous….

2 gisella September 12, 2008 at 7:30 am

11 years ago my parents bought my first canon rebel when i was in the college, i still have it, i love my canon and for me its true , only canon make the pictures looks more beuatiful !!

3 Baba September 12, 2008 at 7:53 am

My sister loves her Canon too. I should have bought one; sad face here!

4 Kelsey September 12, 2008 at 8:44 am

I really want to take that digital photo class from Ed next month. We’ll see… I’m glad to know that I use the same camera as Ed The Professional! Maybe there’s hope after all…

5 Kris Graff September 12, 2008 at 10:00 am

I just bought a Canon for the first time. I went with point & shoot PowerShot SX100 IS. I am loving it. It has been much easier to work with right out of the box than any other camera I have owned. I don’t think I will ever go back.

6 Kim K. September 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

My dear husband of 18 years (as of Mon., the 15th) just ordered me a Canon XSi TODAY! I can hardly wait to get it in my hands. I am a little nervous, as it will be my first SRL camera, but I’m so ready for my pictures to go from HO HUM to fabulous! :)

7 Sandy September 12, 2008 at 11:09 am

I am looking at buying a new camera here in the next year probably. I have been wondering what brand to go with. I crrently have a FUGI and am wanting to try a different brand. I had a question with your digital SLR do you reccomend taking a photography class? Maybe I should just find a point and shoot… I have never taken any photgraphy classes.

8 Kelsey September 12, 2008 at 12:03 pm

How exciting!!! What a wonderful hubby you have – that’s a fantastic gift. I think you will love this camera and you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to use. The great thing about digital is you can play around with all the settings and see what everything does. You’re such a lucky lady! Have fun!

9 Kelsey September 12, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Good question. A photography class would be helpful no matter what, so you should take one of those if you can.

And I would really recommend Canon as the brand to go with. I do have a point-and-shoot FujiFilm camera that I really like, but if you’re wanting an SLR, definitely go with Canon. Their cameras are so user friendly and high quality, you won’t be disappointed.

You just need to decide what your photography objectives are. If you want higher quality photos, you need a higher quality camera. They’re a little more spendy, but totally worth it. I love the Rebel line that Canon makes, any of them are great, and I’m sure you can get the original Rebel for not much more than a point-and-shoot. Let me know what you decide, and good luck!

10 Jeri September 12, 2008 at 12:26 pm

I’ve owned lots of cameras and the Canons are by far my favorite. I have had the best luck with digital cameras made by camera companies. I know that sounds weird but the best digitals are typically Canon, followed by Nikon. Polaroid, Sony, Olympus and Pentax have all given me issues.

I really want to take that class fom Ed. I wonder if I can find the time…

11 Stephanie Shumway September 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm

oh man, we are in need of a new camera- the battery door on our sony point and shoot broke, so you have to hold it shut with one finger while you try and turn it on about 10 or so times until it decides it want to be on. Its dumb. When I saw the title of this post my heart skiped a beat because I thought you were doing a give away!!! LOL I guess we’ve all been spoiled by your awesome give aways. he he. Thanks for the post on the cannon- maybe when we have enough moolah we will look into getting one!

12 Jessica September 12, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I have the same camera and really don’t know how I lived without it before. I have a small digital camera that fits in my pocket when I don’t want to lug the big guy around, but really, I’m never as satisfied with my pictures.

13 Sheila Oxley September 14, 2008 at 8:50 pm

I have a cannon point and shoot and I love it!!! The price was fantastic for the options it came with!!! And the photos are so clear and sharp…my previous camera was a kodak 4 mp so anything was an improvement!!!

14 Kimberly R September 15, 2008 at 9:00 am

I sure hear a lot about those cameras. We are currently using a Fugi. It has a manual option to change around shutter speed and other things. I am currently taking a digital camera class. I sure hope I get something out of it. The SLR’s scare me a bit – maybe after the class I will be less intimidated. lol

15 Nicki Lundeen September 16, 2008 at 7:52 am

I received the same camera last mother’s day. I absolutely love my camera and carry it with me when I can. The only problem I have is it is large to carry at times. I wish I had a small point and shoot to slip in my purse so I would have a camera with me at all times. I find SLR is just too cumbersome to have at all times.

16 Amy Rhoads September 16, 2008 at 1:13 pm

My husband and I just purchased the Canon Rebel XSi too. We LOVE it. I am still learning about all of the different features and settings but it is WAY better than a point and shoot. Once you try it you could never go back!!

17 Lorie September 16, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I too am a Canon girl. I had the 35mm Rebel for years until I bought my first digital camera, the Cannon Rebel Xt three years ago. I am hoping to upgrade soon to one of the Ds!

They are great cameras!

18 Meshellyn September 19, 2008 at 2:11 pm

My husband has been researching and pricing the Canon Rebel for the past 3-4 years. He wants one so badly, but it always seems there is something else we should be spending our money on. The day my DD was born our camera broke and I told him I wouldn’t leave the hospital without him going and buying a new one. I was sure he’d come home with his Rebel, but her opted for a smaller point and shoot Canon instead. Maybe someday his dream will come true. I must say the photos people take with SLR’s are incredible!

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