by flowers on May 24, 2009 · 12 comments

I joined ‘it begins with a colour’ over at apples for poppy ann and really enjoyed this process. It is the first time I have ever played with my photos and I had such fun! My birthday is coming soon and I’ve been hoping and a’ wishing for my very first slr. I’ve got my fingers and my toes crossed. For any photo-minded friends out there: What do you recommend for my first ‘real’ camera? And why?

Yellow 2Yellow

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PureMothers May 24, 2009 at 4:28 pm

We LOVE our Nikon D40X. We got it with the better zoom lens. It takes amazing photos and is so easy to use. Go to for great service and pricing. That’s where I got my husband’s camera for his birthday 2 years ago.


deb May 25, 2009 at 9:53 am

I have a Canon Powershot A80 that I bought years ago and would love to upgrade to a *real* camera. I drool over the others that I see out there but have no idea as to which camera is the best for my needs. So many choices! Please keep us posted on what you get… how exciting! And FUN!

Love your blog! :)


apples for poppy anne May 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

So glad to see you’re enjoying the fun!
I remember I was set on buying a Nikon D80 in the fall, but was talked into the Canon rebel XSi by the camera guy as it seemed to have more options and professional qualities…can’t remember them now :)…I am still only scratching the surface of what this camera is capable of!
But again, it is my first dslr…so I have nothing to compare it to!
good luck


exhale. return to center. May 25, 2009 at 4:10 pm

yay! i love that you are enjoying “it begins with a colour” too!!!!

john bought me a refurbished canon rebel d-slr last year for mother’s day and i absolutely love it!!!

(we bought from adorama – – and were really happy with the service.)


Devon May 25, 2009 at 8:44 pm

You know I love my Canon Digital Rebel xSi!! I hear the Nikons are good as well…

There is a slightly newer Canon out now that takes HD video as well, but you could get an xSi or even an xTi for really cheap and then spend your money on lenses!! That’s what REALLY takes the picture.

You know I’m here if you have any questions!


flowers May 25, 2009 at 8:55 pm

These are all great recommendations! I am really excited. Stone was encouraging me to peek around online and get the process started. My friend who is a photographer/graphic designer is pushing for me to go Canon 20d or 40d. I think I’m going to have to go into a store and ask questions and pick them up.

This has been a long time coming :-)


exhale. return to center. May 26, 2009 at 5:58 am

yay!!!! what fun!!!


TheOrganicSister May 26, 2009 at 11:00 am

I have a Canon Rebel XTi. I really like it. It’s a great camera and does a lot for a beginners camera but I want a 40D next. Truthfully, I’d pass on the 40D and get an awesome lens or three. It’s just as much (if not more) the lens as the camera and the XTi is phenomenal with a fast lens. The one that does HD video is TOP OF THE LINE – Canon 5D Mark II. The price tag matches the capabilities. It is awesome but I doubt I’ll ever get my paws on one. ;)

Why not rent a few to test them out? Or ask around for one to borrow? Do you have a local photog enthusiasts group? Ours is a great resource for stuff like that.



flowers May 26, 2009 at 12:15 pm

That’s a good idea to rent one Tara. Why are you upgrading?

I’m curious the reason why people upgrade to the pro series.


Leah May 27, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Oh, those are great H! How’d you get the text on the photos? And I’m living vicariously through your camera exploration :)


flowers May 27, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Thanks Leah!

I should have put in my post that I used flickr. They have a free photo editing service called picnik that is really easy to use.


Leah May 27, 2009 at 4:55 pm

Cool! I’m going to check it out :)


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