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My First DSLR | Canon EOS 70D

Corinne - June 22, 2016

I bit the bullet and bought my first DSLR.Since I started blogging, I have been managing with my six-year-old super zoom camera – a Panasonic Lumix FZ45, and iPhone photos. It is safe to say that I have saved up for an updated, more expensive camera for a long time, and with some extra money on hand due to my birthday last month I decided it was time. Before purchasing, I spent hours researching to try and find the best equipment to suit me. I will be the first to admit that I’m a beginner to photography. I move the angle of the camera and hope for the best. Words like aperture, shutter speed and switching to full manual mode are daunting. But I want to learn more and the Canon EOS 70D seems like a solid camera to move forward with.

What I looked for

I made the decision to buy the camera body separately. It is popular in the camera shops to sell kits. However usually, when you buy a camera kit deal it comes with a lens. A lens that may not be useful for you. I found buying the camera body separate to be cheaper in the grand scheme of things, as I was not stuck with an extra lens (from a kit) that I did not want as well as buying the lens I did want.

The body: I was drawn to the 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor for fast & smooth AF tracking. I enjoy taking pictures of my pets often and with a burst rate of 7fps I can try and capture shots with more precision. Those with cute animals will understand how difficult it can be when they won’t stop moving.
With this camera, I have the opportunity to take full-HD (1080p) video if I’d like to film. But for me, the cherry on top of the cake was the vari-angle touch screen, and the wi-fi connectivity (with a free iPhone app to take pictures!). As a blogger, I love the idea of being out and about and being able to take outfit shots and upload across social media. Plus the flip screen is ideal to take a good selfie.

The lens: To go with my new camera body I bought the ‘bloggers favourite’ Canon  EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens. This is an excellent bokeh lens – y’know those photos where the focus is sharp with the blurry edges that look beautiful?! Perfect for beauty flat lays, and outfit shots.

To sum up, I am very excited to see how this will improve my photography skills, for the sake of my blog, for travelling and for moments that I just know I’ll want photographic memories of. For instance, the following is a case and point; an adorable picture of my furbaby Sayuri.

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