A couple of weeks ago, I became a very happy girl. We had stopped by my in-laws on a Saturday afternoon. It was my husband’s birthday a week earlier, and we hadn’t had a chance to pick up his birthday present yet. So there we were, just chatting and catching up, and my mother in law brings out a card for my husband, and sets a wrapped gift on the table. They said the gift was for both of us, but mostly for me. I was confused – we had stopped by to pick up my husband’s birthday gift, after all. I know they are super excited for their new grandchild, so I figured that it was something for the baby. As I tore off the wrapping paper, I was honestly stunned. Inside was this beautiful camera.
My father-in-law had decided to upgrade his camera, and instead of selling his Canon 20D, he generously gave it to me. I can’t even explain how happy and excited I was. I broke into tears because I couldn’t believe it.
They didn’t even know this, but I had been saving up for a new camera. I really wanted a DSLR, and I had been putting away a little money every month, hoping to have enough for a new camera by the time the baby comes. So I can’t think of a better gift anyone could have ever given me. I have been having a ball playing with the new camera and figuring it all out. I usually shot in manual modes on my old point and shoot, so this new camera is not totally foreign to me, but I do have a lot to learn.
And what’s even better is now I have this money that I have saved up, and I can buy a new lens!! And I’ll hopefully have enough saved in the next few months to buy a second lens. But now I’m clueless, and I need your help. I have no idea what lenses to get, or even which ones to look at. I’ve been looking online a bit, and it’s a foreign language to me at this point because every digital camera I’ve had in the past has been a point and shoot.
I know for sure that I want a lens that is better in low light situations. The lens on the camera now is fine if I am taking a picture of something still – like food. But even in the light of day, I can’t take an inside picture of my dog or my husband. So I want a lens that is good in lower light situations. And I’d like a good macro lens, but I’m not sure that is really necessary now.