I got my very first DSLR camera!!
I AM SO EXCITED!! I can finally take the photos I've always wanted but couldn't because of my point-and-shoot's limitations. Anyway, it's a Canon EOS Rebel T5i (700D in Europe) with an 18-135mm zoom lens. I'm glad I went for the longer lens (the standard one it comes with is 18-55mm) because I had to zoom it all the way in to get a detailed shot of things on tree branches.
At first, I had NO idea how to work it and was afraid I'd ruin it. I read the manual for three nights and only got 1/3 of the way through x.x (of 380 pages). I got sick of just reading about it, chucked the manual, googled up how to make the zoom on the lens work, and headed out. First, while reading the manual, I did a couple of test shots with automatic settings, which was nice, but not what I wanted. Semi-automatic confused me more than it helped me, and I found it very restricting for the type of pics I wanted to take right now, so I decided to dive into the deep end and set it all on manual control... AND I'M SO HAPPY!!
The picture above is right out of the camera, no post-processing at all aside from adding the sig and resizing the pic, just to show you what it looks like with no computer-editing done. If I were to submit this to DA, I'd probably play around with the colors a bit. Also, full-on manual mode.
I also tried shooting in RAW format, which less complicated than I thought it would be - it's not any different AT ALL! It just takes more memory space and battery power, with the added benefit that any post-processing doesn't add noise to the image. So, sounds like a win to me!
It has a flippy screen which is awesome because it means I no longer have to squish my face to the ground and accidentally getting too close to ... undesirable things ... when taking photos of plants.
The maximum aperture on my lens is f/3.5, which is smaller than my Lumix's 2.8, but for some reason yields a shallower depth of field. o.O I don't get it, but yay. The pic above has an aperture of 4.5. Anyway, I just have the one lens for it right now, and no filters. I want to get some macro filters for it, and a polarizer and a protective filter. Anyone among the photographers here know which are good brands for filters?
I still have a ton of photos taken with the Lumix that I haven't uploaded yet, so, from now on, all photos that I upload will state which camera I used. This will be found toward the bottom of the deviation description, right above the Admin area.