new canon rebel EOS camera.

Friends, Christmas came early for me this year. Santa {that would be the Santa of me} brought mama a new camera. Something to replace my aging, dropped on, battery sucking Canon A560. Which incidentally really doesn’t take the most horrid photos on the planet. But I wanted more, because I’m selfish like that.

This is what I’ve been using. It’s a good one, but it’s seen better days. The lens doesn’t close all the way, I have to do it manually. The batteries last about 15 minutes, so I travel around with a recharger and two pair of rechargeable batteries and most of the time when I’m in the middle of taking a really good photo, it completely dies on me.

Exhibit A:

It was time for us to take a break from each other. It’s not the Canon, it’s me. Really.

I replaced it with this beauty:

The heavens have opened, the choirs are singing, and I’m so blissed out I can’t stop playing with it long enough to sleep at night.

{Sleep is for the weak anyway.}

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  1. likeschocolate :

    Santa brought me the same one early too after the kids dropped mine for the second time and messed up the internal memory. I love it even if I haven't learned how to use it to it's full potential. I hope Santa got a kiss for that one.

  2. Laura Ferry-Jimenez :

    yay… please don't tell me you found this at that hot shot thrift store of yours! ;)

  3. Jill :

    OHHH, you lucky duck!


  4. Jen :

    I'm officially jealous. I've had my eye on one for awhile. I'm hoping I've been good enough this year for Santa to deliver one to me. Time will tell.

  5. Sarah :


  6. Crystalyn :

    with a camera like that you'll be missing out on a lot of sleep. glad you're strong like that ; ) soooo happy for you. that's awesome.

  7. Mom and Camera :

    Congrats on the new camera. DSLRs are SUCH a big improvement over any point and shoot.

  8. Kami :

    YAY! You are going to love it!

  9. Jenny :

    Merry Christmas to you!

    I keep saying I'm going to upgrade to an SLR every time I get a new camera and really commit to learning aperture and shutter speed and then when the time comes I always buy one that is smaller than my current camera. I'm afraid I will never bring my camera along if it doesn't fit in my purse. Lame, I know.

  10. Donna :

    Awesome camera!

  11. Terresa :

    We have a similar Canon beauty. We postponed buying it until last year. Now we're kicking ourselves for not buying it sooner! We practically tuck it into bed at night after a kiss and hug!

  12. Jen :

    Yaaaaaaaaaay! I love my Canon. Congrats.

  13. MiaKatia :

    Ahhhhh so jealous!

  14. Kalli Ko :

    You did it!!!!

    Looks awesome, I sure wish I had a new lens.

  15. Cat :

    I'm so happy to read this! I thought I was the weird one…. my lense doesn't close and the batteries are always dead! Oh well, I guess I'll have to talk to santa…

  16. Jill K :

    Right now I have your "before" camera and i have the same battery issue too! I want to wait in line for hours and hours this Friday morning to buy a new camera…

    I'm jealous of your new toy!! Have fun with it:)

  17. Robertsons :

    you will LOVE the camera! I can't put mine down!

  18. Krista :

    Sleep is for the WEAK! Good for you for getting yourself an early present Now would you PULEASE tell Santa that I am DIE-ING for a new camera too! Thank you Elf.

  19. Kristie Holland :

    I love that you are “blissed out”. What a great thing to be. Your writing is so good. It makes me happy. You will love having a nice dependable camera to take pics with and if you are like me you will never want to put it down.