I bought my first SLR camera while in high school.
I had always loved my parents old Minolta and wanted a “real” camera of my own. I had a point and shoot camera but that was not enough for me. I also was set to take a photography class and wanted my own camera, not the school’s hand me downs. I may have always been a bit of a camera snob.
I remember looking at all the cameras and finally deciding on the Canon Rebel X because that is what I could afford on my babysitting salary. I loved my Canon. I used it for my high school class and my college class. I learned about shutter speeds, F-Stops and ISO on my Rebel.
My first Canon really pushed my love of photography and my love for Canon products.
Since that purchase, probably 20 years ago, I have always purchased Canon cameras. I have had several of the Canon Powershots and I always recommend Canon when someone asks me what they should get.
Sometime after college, I became busy with life. My Rebel went on a closet shelf and collected dust. I used my Powershot, or later, my cell phone. I moved to Arizona. The rebel moved with me but sat on a different closet shelf.
Then one day I was cleaning out the junk in my house. I came across my little Rebel and I suddenly had a longing to start photographing everything again. I started looking into using that rebel again. The film would be difficult but not impossible to get, maybe harder to process. I started to think about what else I would need… batteries. I remembered how the Rebel would eat batteries. I started hunting. Batteries could be obtained but would be super expensive.
While looking for batteries, I started looking at digital SLRs. I ended up purchasing a Canon 60D because it made more sense money-wise. I also wasn’t planning to start a business. It was just to take better vacation photos. Isn’t it funny how life goes sometimes?
I still have my little Canon Rebel. I just can’t bear to get rid of it. I learned on that camera and it really helped cement my love of photography. I hope to eventually do a series with it and get back to film.