Newest Tool in the toolbox

With special thanks to our sponsors, regular readers and those just dropping in for a look-see, I was able to buy a new SLR camera.  It took several months to pool my blog earnings, I had to redeem several thousand Amex rewards points and scrape together a little bit of loose change from the sofa cushions and get this:

New Canon EOS Rebel T1i SLR camera
New Canon EOS Rebel T1i SLR camera

To date, I have been using the camera on my HTC Android phone. For the price, it has done yeoman’s work and is always handy.  That being said, there have been several instances where I have been disappointed by a blurry or poorly lit picture.  Several times, this has occurred at transmitter sites or other locations where I will not be likely to return, thus the chance of getting a better shot at a later date is low.  Other times, I have missed first-time events; the first time turning a transmitter on, the first boot-up of a fancy console, etc.

Pictures, videos, and diagrams are a very important part of this blog.  I decided that if this is going to be a semi-serious endeavor I need to get some better equipment and stop losing key shots to less-than-optimum equipment.  The HTC Android is a smartphone, it does a good job as such.  The camera and video recorder are a compromise at best.

With the new camera, I can get better close-ups, better low light, and generally improve the quality of the images in this blog.  I am all about quality. I look forward to trying it out.

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5 thoughts on “Newest Tool in the toolbox”

  1. A colleague of mine has one and it’s phenomenal. I’ve always had excellent luck with Canon products and I’m sure you’re going to enjoy your ownership of that camera.

  2. Paul,

    One of the reasons that I’ve always enjoyed your blog is your use of pictures. I’m a visual person, and I love the engineering pictures. While I’ve enjoyed the ones from your HTC, I’m betting that the pix from newer blog posts came from this camera. They look much better than what has been posted previously.
    Of course, if it turns out that the new ones are *still* from your HTC, then I’m suffering terribly from the placebo effect. Or some such.

  3. Gary, You are correct, the last picture I took with the HTC phone was the picture of the new camera. Regarding the new pictures, I am still learning to use all the options on the new camera but it really works well. I can’t wait to get some close up circuit board pictures of burned out parts.

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