New Camera!

If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll have likely noticed that I’ve bought a new DSLR camera recently. It’s a Canon Rebel T2i and I’m slowly getting the hang of using it.

It came with a 18-55mm image stabilizer lens, which does a decent job. My Dad also had several lenses for his old Pentax 35mm SLR. After getting a cheap ($6+shipping) adapter from Amazon, I am able to use them: a nice 55mm, f/2 prime lens and a 300mm telephoto lens.

The prime lens produces really nice shots, especially in low light conditions or when I want a shallow depth of field (i.e. the background out of focus). The telephoto lens zooms in quite well (see the moon shot, which has been cropped about 1/2 of its original size), though keeping everything from shaking is a challenge.

Here are some tests (click on the image for a larger version):

Chloe and her ball (18-55mm Canon lens)

Chloe, outside (55mm Pentax prime lens at f/2)

Sacred Heart Church, Watson (18-55mm Canon lens)

Light shining through a doorway at the Cathedral of the Holy Family (18-55mm Canon lens; 1 second exposure)

The moon (300mm telephoto lens; image cropped by about 1/2)

Edit: I almost forgot! I can do pretty nifty video with this. Below is a video shot with the Pentax prime lens, recorded in full 1080p at 24fps. Click on the “Settings” (gear) icon to view it in 720p or 1080p HD.