Trouble In Camera Paradise

I was tired of the old one. I felt held down, stifled. He was too limiting. He was boring me, frankly. I knew there were others who could do so much more, others that promised to inspire my creativity.

I was ready for a change. I wasn’t 100% committed to the old one. Never was. I always knew I’d move on eventually, and it was time.

So late last year I sold my trusty (if boring) Canon T2i to make a big upgrade. I got me a Canon MK II- a full frame DSLR. A professional grade camera. Probably a little out of my league, yeah, but I had the opportunity to snag him, so I did, and I didn’t make any mention to him about me not being quite a “professional.” I figured I’d fake it till I made it, hoping he wouldn’t notice my stumbling fingers as I tried to get to know him.

I thought he would be easy. I thought he would sweep me off my feet with his big camera muscles. I thought we’d fall in love quickly.

I thought wrong.

He’s not perfect, it turns out. He’s not an open book, either, and I still haven’t had time to completely read the book he came with, which is vastly different from his inferior-but-trusty predecessor’s. He likes to piss me off by not focusing on things, and the pictures he gives me SOOC seem blah and sometimes grainy.

I swear, my center focus point was PRECISELY on that water drop. WHY is it not in focus?? 1/500 SS, f/ 2.0, 400 iso

I’ve been putting all the blame on him for a while, but I know deep down it’s a 2 way street. I know I’m largely to blame for not taking alllll the time needed to learn all his functions, all the best in camera settings, how to properly expose a shot with him to decrease noise. He’s just so very different from the old one. And so stubborn.

But then? I know his potential. I know what he can do when we finally get it, the 2 of us. I was tempted, for a brief time, to upgrade him, but it’s not fair… to my bank account.

So we’re going through a bit of  camera-relationship-counseling. I guess the first step is I actually have to touch him.

We went on a little walk in the rain today. I tried to be patient with him, to really think of HIS needs, not what the old one needed.

I think we made some progress.

I’m not giving up on us yet, baby.

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If any of you have tips and tricks for Canon MK IIs, I’m all ears! Right now my only lens is my 50 1.4, but I’m strongly considering asking for a 35L for my birthday/Valentines/MothersDay present.

Also, perhaps this is also in conjunction with a winter blah funk? Because there’s really not anything fun to take pictures of right now, and my house is pretty much always a mess since I’m so tired lately. I’m hoping Spring will bring love our way.

 

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