They’re Here

The cameras arrived today… Some first impressions… The 10D is big. I have one of the larger ‘point-and-shoot’ models that Fuji makes. But this thing is way bigger. It felt kind of awkward carrying it around. It’s not uncomfortable to hold or anything of the sort, it’s just big. It’s also pretty heavy. The 300D is considerably smaller and lighter. Between the silver color, the light weight, and the fact that something rattles, it feels much cheaper, though.

It just feels like a ‘real’ camera. You take a picture and the shutter sound is actually the shutter, not a cheesy sound effect that only plays when I forget to mute it. With a ‘real’ sensor size, I’m not cursed to always having everything in focus. (Which sounds desirable, but tell me you’ve never wished the background was blurred.) Using the preset modes, the camera seems predisposed towards popping up the flash when I least expect it, but it’s usually necessary.

I haven’t yet figured out how to change ISO settings. The 10D officially goes to ISO 1600, but allows an ‘expanded’ ISO setting of 3200. It’s pretty clean at that point, too. Most cameras get extremely noisy/grainy. The 300D goes to ISO1600; I played with it briefly there and it’s kind of noisy but still decent. Staples had a 1GB CompactFlash card for $13, before a $5 rebate, that I picked up this morning.

The lens it shipped with (used, not standard) is a 35-80mm f/4-5.6 lens. It’s halfway decent. The thing is that both of the cameras are the ‘APS-C’ sized sensors, which aren’t full frame, so they only capture the center of what’s coming through the lens. Therefore, there’s a 1.6x ‘crop factor.’ In layman’s terms, you’re ‘zoomed in’ an extra 60%. So the 35-80mm lens becomes a 56-128mm lens. I’d prefer something wider for general use, but it’s a free lens, so I won’t complain too much yet. I took it off to move it to the other camera, and noticed that it’s extremely light. Which, at least in lenses, isn’t really a good thing.

What would a camera ‘review’ be without pictures?!

First 10D Image

It’s a really lame picture, but it’s the first one so it’s obligatory to include it. Note the overexposed portions as the flash popped up.

Shallow DOF

This isn’t a remarkable picture either. But it shows one thing that I’m already loving: the shallow depth of field. (Of course you can use smaller apertures to overcome this.) I can’t tell you how many times I’ve wanted to take a picture and have the busy background be thrown out of focus. I was resigned to shooting in macro mode which kind of did it. Now it’s the real deal.


Getting better, though it’s still nothing I’d frame. This one was testing something else: macro mode. (Actually, I hadn’t yet discovered that the camera had a macro setting. I just wanted to see how close I could focus.) I can’t get half an inch away, but this is plenty close for most sane things.

Neat Bike

I thought that bike was kind of neat. This wasn’t necessarily meant to showcase any special features, although I will note that nothing seems lost in the shadows. (I’ll also note that these photos are straight out of the camera: most people, regardless of camera, will do some tweaking first. I just put them straight up. So they could all be even better.)

Oh, and if you’re in the market… I’ve got an extra. 🙂

3 thoughts on “They’re Here

  1. w00t! Welcome to the world of real cameras. And if you think it’s big now, you need a vertical grip. 😉

    (BTW, ISO on the D30 is changed by pressing the thumb-wheel center button. Although, now that I think about, that might be changeable via a custom setting.)

  2. (Many) more photos up here —

    I went into Boston for the afternoon, brandishing the 10D. And some on campus, too.

    You’re right — you hit the ISO button and the center wheel. Not at ALL intuitive, because I expected the center wheel, if it even did anything, to show up on the LCD (err, the color LCD). The manual (in PDF form) was helpful.

    It took me a bit of time to figure out how to get the flash to not come up whenever it felt like it. It’s handy at times, sure, but if you have a 10D, you can probably decide for yourself if it’s time for a flash or not. I just disabled in the Custom Function screen. 🙂

    I’m still having trouble getting decent exposures sometimes. I’m not sure what gives, but I think I just need to spend a little more time learning. They clean up alright, even in Picasa, but they’ll be extremely washed out. Not all the photos, just a few here and there. (And it’s not like I’m shooting full manual with imbecilic functions.)

    Oh, and yes, I *do* need a vertical grip. 🙂

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