I have been waiting for today.
Today a new camera came in the mail!: a very lightly used Canon t2i DSLR I snagged on eBay. Dude.
I’ve been dreaming of a video DSLR with extended ISO range for years now. Today it’s HERE. That is so &^%!@*# exciting.
I’m going to be able to make movies now. Sexy, beautiful HD movies that have blurry backgrounds and sharp detail. This is a major technological advance for my artistic tools. The nerd in me is so ready to rock every dial and button on this puppy! We’ll see if the artist in me is capable of crafting something of beauty with it… afterall, that’s what matters. I see a Vimeo membership in my near future.
This camera also comes with a battery grip that will accept either AA’s or two of the normal canon camera batteries. Hopefully this should spell ample battery life for doing all-night timelapse photography. That’s like a whole extra layer of cake on top of the icing of the previous cake layer which is the t2i video capability.
So, what do I aim to do with all this hardware?
Well step one; I’m taking a trip back home to Wisconsin in Mid August. The objectives:
1. get some sweet video of my favorite places to visit while I’m there: Devil’s Lake, Parfree’s Glen, Durwood’s Glen, the Baraboo hills, etc.
2. capture video on the boat outings I’ll be doing with my buddies Bill and Rob. Maybe including a music/dance video of the funk mixset due for release on Bill’s boat, in conjunction with the new wide angle Tamron lens
3. take all night time lapse photography of the sky in Caledonia where I hope to capture the Milky Way moving over the sky, also in conjunction with the new lens.
Those are the initial ones I can think of. I’m sure lots of little ancillary bits will occur along the way.
Long term, I want to make some ‘shorts’–little mini-movies that are digestable 10-15 minute affairs, maybe with the goal of shooting enough footage that I could combine it into something feature length. That’s a tall order, and will probably take me a very long time to actualize.
Anyway, the tools are here, and I am thoroughly excited to dig in and start playing!
In the pic below I thought it’d be cool to show the evolution of my camera setup. The Elan IIe at far left was my first SLR and my last film camera, I bought it at the end of high school. It’s got a 28-105mm walkaround with some great filters, and a Canon 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 came soon after. A95 was my first digital, shown here with a fisheye attachment that rocks my socks. The Rebel XTi was my first DSLR and I got it with the wonderful 17-85mm, my first setup with Image Stabilization. Next came the Tamron 10-24mm, a bondafide superwide, with 16-38mm equivalence in full frame size. And finally, today, the Rebel T2i, my first video DSLR, shown here with the 50mm f/1.8, possibly my favorite lens out of them all ;)
So excited to work with this new capability!