Bender

Photography stuff

I've gotten a bit wound up about getting going with photography again, spurred on by a desire to travel more from now on.

I have:
Bought a used 60D. But then did some research, and found that really I want a 70D. I got on Amazon and found a used 70D for about $530, from a shop in SE Michigan. Should have that mid-week.

The 60D is delayed in the post. When it shows up, I'll just put it onto eBay straightaway.

I also picked up a used 24-105 f/4L. I used it a bit on the 500D today, it's pretty nice.

I got a 24mm f/2.8 pancake for walking around. Bought that new.

I just tried putting Magic Lantern on the 500D. It's OK but I got scared by some behavior and uninstalled it. I don't want to do anything that has a chance of bricking my camera.

I also ordered a new bag, spare batteries, and some straps. I found that 2 of the 3 batteries I have for the 500D are basically dead - straight off the charger they run the camera for about 3 minutes in live view mode before blinking red. They're in the trash and a new pair are coming. They say put in service in 2009 so I can't really complain.

I want to play with using the 70D for video (a main reason why the 70D over the 60D) and picked up a well rated but very inexpensive shotgun microphone. I have a new tripod, pistol grip tripod head, and controller and some remote strobes and softboxes on my wishlist. Probably will hold off quite a while on the strobe stuff as it's mainly for portraiture and I don't really see myself doing much of that.

Learning Lightroom. Thankfully you can still get the old, perpetually licensed version. I own a copy of ACDSee, which probably does a lot of the same stuff, but there's something to be said for using the software that everyone else uses.

I've also been putting a lot of stuff on eBay to clear the decks of stuff I'm not using while it still has some value, and partially fund this stuff.
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