February 25, 2010

The Question...

I have a question for all my readers and hope you can help me in narrowing my decision.

Mr. Wonderful and I just celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary last Thursday.  We usually exchange a special gift with one another...something we put our thought into. This year I had been telling dropping hints that all I wanted this year, was...a new camera.

The camera I have been using for all my photos has been good, just not "good" enough.  Being that I am a very visual person...a picture really does tell a thousand words.  Many times I am drawn into following a blog or interested in wandering through a blog, website, etc. because of the beautiful photos.

I have a love affair with photos that show vibrancy of color, fine little details or a washed romantic feel.  Here are just a couple of examples of some photos I liked from Google....




I would love to try and capture photos that look like this. 

Mr. Wonderful originally picked out a nice camera for me.  I told him not to spend too much and stay within a certain price range.  He has dabbled some in photography and has always had a preference to Canon cameras.  One of the cameras we have is a Canon that uses film instead of a memory card. I would use it, but I know then I would never have any pictures to show you all,  because I want instant results. 

So...back to where I was...he had picked out a camera that he thought would get the pictures I wanted but was not a DSLR.  He ended up buying a Nikon P90 and I was happy...that was until we went out to dinner.

Mr. Wonderful had set up reservations for our anniversary dinner at a very nice restaurant in an area that is know for historical Inns and places.  We were looking forward to an evening of just the two of us enjoying a unique meal of different foods we don't normally eat...such as wild boar, elk, red deer.  I thought, I better bring my new camera and have someone take some pictures of us,  I wanted to take some of the food and surroundings.

As the evening went on and I kept snapping pictures here and there...(is it just us bloggers that do this?)  I could see in the view finder that the pictures were not coming out as I had hoped and they had a yellowish hue.  I wasn't too worried thinking that once I edit them in paint, they should be just fine.  That was not the case at all...nothing was helping them. I usually take some good pictures, but for having a new camera that was a higher quality than what I already owned....I was not happy. 

We both agreed, it needed to go back and we would look a little further to see what would be a good camera for me.  

I have decided to go with a DSLR.  I don't need anything too fancy being that I still am in the beginning to intermediate stage of photography.  Something just enough to keep me content and easy enough for me to learn how to use it.  We are looking at two different cameras and are wanting to see how each one stack's up to one another.  They both are in the same price range.  

So the question I have for all of you...which camera do you prefer and why? 

Here are the two brands we are looking at....Canon XSi/450D vs Nikon D3000.  I have heard good things about both....just thought I would ask the experts...all  my bloggy friends! Would love to hear your thoughts before I make my decision.


Don't forget...if you haven't entered My Favorite Things Giveaway there is still time before this Friday Febuaray 26th to enter to win! You can click the link at the top of my page on the side bar and it will take you there. It is a fun giveaway and lets you know a little more about me.  5 lucky winners will win 1 of the 5 pkgs I have shown.  

Look forward to reading your comments. Thanks!!


  1. I have the Canon rebel and love it.

    I entered the giveaway; tried to become a regular follower but couldn't get it to link me.

    Just FYI for you to know I tried.

  2. What lenses do you have for your Canon film camera? They could work on the XSi, which would save you money. Lenses are as important as the camera!

    You probably can't go wrong with either camera; Canon and Nikon make excellent dSLRs (I'm a Nikon gal myself).

    Check out this site: http://dpreview.com/forums/. Good information about different cameras, lenses, and photography. Good luck with your decision!

  3. hi victoria. sent you an email. i think you will be happy with either one. i am a canon girl myself. i think susan is right. lenses are important too, but that's a whole nother post.

  4. I think you definitely can't go wrong with Canon or Nikon. Ihave owned both brands (in point & shoots) and have enjoyed them. However, when it was time to make the move to dSLR I went with the Sony Alpha a350. OH. MY. GOSH. I loooooove this camera!!! I am basically teaching myself how to use it and it has been very easy for me. I also love the quality of the photos straight out of the camera. I don't have, nor do I know how to use, Photoshop so this is great for me. Definitely take a look at Sony. I think you will like what you find!!!


  5. I'd look at Consumer Reports or something. :) I've always heard good things about Nikon. :) Lucky girl!!!!

  6. I do not have either one but if I was buying I would purchase the Canon just because I have heard more about the Canon. I bet either one would be great though.

  7. I have this camera. I however am not a photog by any means. The camera makes me look quite good, but Im scared to death of the thing! What happened to the days of point and click, LOL! Of course those photos never turned out.

  8. I think you will be happy with either choice as well...I personally use Canon...and the Canon Rebel is wonderful!!! But I think I have a lot of friends with Nikon as well and they LOVE it!! So I don't think you can go wrong with either choice...Good luck! love you! Kris

  9. I have a little cannon. It's nice, but doesn't do what I'd like it to do. Maybe it's just me, and not the camera. HAHA

  10. Well, (like Kristen above) I'm a Sony Alpha girl. It's not really a brand issue because Sony, Canon, and Nikon are all quality cameras. Some questions to consider: (1) Does it do what I want it to do? (2) Does it feel good in my hands? (the fit, the weight)

    Can't wait to see what you decide!

  11. It's so funny that you were leaving a comment on my blog while I was over here admiring yours:). I put your button on WWC a while ago, now I'll go add it to mine. LOVE your blog! Have a great night~Paige

    Off to enter your contest:)

  12. I use a Canon Rebel Xsi and I really enjoy it. I am not sure what your budget is but it cost us in the $700 range with the lens we chose {a telephoto}. You can probably get the basic lens with it for less. We purchased ours on abesofmaine.com

    As far as your photos at the inn, however, that most likely happened just because of the low light in the room. I need a lot of natural light to take photos - otherwise they will have an orange/yellow hue...that is just normal. Actually as soon as dusk comes or on dark days I rarely take photos. And I do edit my photos in Photoshop. Hope this helps a little in your decision...I so know what it is like trying to decide as I was there last year too!

  13. Oh... I love my Nikon! :)
    Cannon is great too...
    Hope you are having a sweet day!

    Love & Blessings~ Miss Jen

  14. Hi there! I have a Canon Eos Digital Rebel. It's a few years old, though, about 6.

    I want to save my pennies to buy a Canon 5D....21.1 megapixels, wow! It's about $2500 but I'm in love with sites like http://www.sadieolive.com/theblog/ - her photography is amazing!!! I'll be saving for a while, but well worth it! Can't wait to see what you get!

  15. Personally I'm a Cannon girl :) but with that said I've never owned a Nikon. I had the Cannon Digital Rebel for years and loved it! My mom recently bought me the Cannon 50D and it's fantastic. I too think the lens you are using is just as important :) Enjoy your weekend! Susan

  16. Love my Nikon D3000. It takes awesome pictures just in auto mode. I love that it has the guide mode to walk me through the settings for whatever situation I'm in, (low light, moving person, etc.) Good luck deciding. It took me a long time to choose between Canon and Nikon.


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