Endorphines rock!

Yesterday was a day of serious endorphine trips. The best legal mood enhancer there is. In my opinion. I am becoming quite the endorphine addict, I must say. Well, going for a run in the winter sun was one trip. But then I sent myself on an even better trip and one that will last much longer… I have finally upgraded my hardware and bought the Canon 5D Mark II!!!

And how did it happen, this major event? After all, buying a professional camera is so pricy, one doesn’t do it every day. Now, of course I had been thinking of buying a new camera for a while – and certainly since my lecturer in college nearly laughed out loud at me when he saw what I was shooting with up til now. It was clear from the beginning that I would stay with Canon, cos both (d)SLRs which I have owned so far were Canon. I am too old loyal to change to a different make (not mentioning names here now… dsssssssssssss). I am deludedly hoping to do more with my photography than just amateur snapping, so it had to be a (semi-)professional camera. Two cameras really caught my fancy – the 5D Mark II and the 7D. A big price difference between the two, we are talking € 1000!! Of course the 5D had higher specs – better image quality, 21 versus 18 MP, double the ISO of the 7D, and even a bit lighter than the 7D. What might have been handy was the inbuilt wide angle flash of the 7D.

What clinched the deal, however, was a photo shoot on Saturday. I was shooting with two friends who both have a 5D. I didn’t even bother take out my modest little 350D *haha* in the presence of the pro equipment. One of them let me handle and shoot with his camera. And I was immediately won over (apart from the weight of the camera – considerably more than the 350D, almost double!) – great big display (handy for short-sighted people like me), more or less intuitive menu (no comments!!!, A___ and S___ if you are reading this :-)). I don’t know, it just felt right. (Is that a really girly way of deciding on a camera?? Ach, who cares if it is.)

So essentially I couldn’t get the baby out of my head after that. And, heck, I need it anyway. The price, yes, the price. It didn’t come down however much I searched online for the best deal. Saw some tempting offers on eBay but was equally un-tempted by buying something from an unknown source. Eventually I got as far as putting the 5D Mark II into my “shopping cart” on one reputable website. I lingered, and lingered, and lingered. The money!!! But then I quickly sold my children into slave labour and just clicked “buy”.

The endorphines have been cruising through my bloodstream ever since. And I can’t wait until I finally hold him (I’ve decided it is a “he”) in my hands. Buzzzzzzzzzzz…

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3 thoughts on “Endorphines rock!

  1. Sonja

    Hey Kevin – thanks so much for commenting :-). Any hints and tips for mk II novices??? Judging from your photographs on your blog, the jump was no problem for you! Great stuff there!

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  2. Kevin

    My only tip would be to play with it, try out different modes, get familiar with the layout of the controls and so on. The camera is just a tool, so you need to know how to use it! After that it's all down to getting out and about with it.
    I remember it took me a little while to get used to the new layout, but it's worth spending time with it. The difference in image quality is outstanding!

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