So it’s not really a machine, but kind of.
My “end of working for 2 years selling real estate” gift to myself was to upgrade my camera to one I’ve been wanting for quite a while now. And it seemed like it was perfect timing with the arrival of Jamison. I finally got the 5D Mark iii and I LOVE it!
Before we had Abbie, we decided to jump into the world of dSLR’s and go the Canon XSi. I think we got an 18-55mm and a 75-300mm with it. I think I used the 75-300mm like 5 times. Eventually we added the 50mm 1.8 to it. We learned a ton with that camera and captured Abbie’s first few years of life with it. I loved it.
Around when Ben was born, we upgraded our camera to the 60D. It was a pretty big step up from the XSi, but looking back, I wish I’d just gone to a full frame then, instead of holding out. We also got the 18-135mm lens with the camera. While I owned that camera I got my first L series lens, the 24-105mm, and we also got our first off camera flash – the 430.
So it seems only natural that I’d upgrade once again after we had baby #3. I’ve been ready for a full frame camera for quite a while. The 60D is great, but it’s low-light capability is terrible. Trying to get decent shots of the kids inside, even when they’re fairly still, was next to impossible. I’d have to bump up the ISO a ton, and then the shots had a bunch of noise in them, which was annoying. But it’s not every day you have $2500 to spend on a camera, so I held off for quite a while. I made a deal with Mark that when I sold our house and we made a decent profit, I would upgrade my camera. Well I did sell our house and we got a full priced offer, so I saved us over $10k by selling it myself – hence me getting new camera gear. I debated long and hard about getting a 6D vs the 5dmiii, and it would have saved me around $1200, but in the end, I decided to go with what I’ve wanted for a while. The 6D is a great camera, but I plan on keeping this camera for a long time (even if we do have another kiddo in the next few years) and I wanted the best of what was offered currently, and that’s the 5dmiii. It has a better focusing system in it and it’s just built better than the 6D, so I thought I’d better get the most sturdy camera I can find considering how I plan on taking this all over the place.
I figured, while I’m at it with upgrade my gear, I might as well get one of my dream lenses as well. So I majorly splurged and got the 70-200 ii 2.8. I figured since I had the 24-105 I already had the wide angle end covered and wanted to get more zoom, so I opted for the 70-200. It’s my 2nd L series lens and I love it, even if it does weigh more than my newborn. It’s a huge lens and not your every day walk around lens, but it’ll be great once the kids get into sports and shooting things at longer distances. I someday want to get the 24-70 to go with this lens, and then maybe an 85mm, and possibly a wide angle, but for now the 3 lenses I have are pretty good.
I did sell a few of my lenses – the 18-135 and the 75-300. But now I have 4 cameras – my very first SLR – not digital – Rebel, the 60D, the G1X m11, and the 5dmiii. I’m not sure I’ll sell the 60D any time soon. I think I might just keep it as my back up camera for now. I need to start carrying around the G1X more as it’s a great little camera, but my diaper bag is already heavy enough. I took a bunch of pictures at Disneyland with it last September, and I don’t think I’ve even gotten around to posting any of those yet. I am so far behind on getting stuff on this blog. It stresses me out. I’ve taken a bunch with the new camera too, but at this rate it’ll be next year before I post any of them.. Ugh!
In the meantime, just trust my word. This is an amazing camera!