[rollei_list] OT: Going over to the Dark Side

  • From: Marc James Small <marcsmall@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: rollei_list@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2010 20:14:25 -0400

Well, I did pick up a Canon EOS Rebel Ti1 500 or whatever it is, with a simple 18mm to 55mm zoom. Thanks to those on this List and to those on the IDCC, I managed to locate Fotodix and to score an M42 adapter and the proper lens hood. So far, so good.

Several problems.

First, the camera is so damnably complicated that it will take me 25 years to learn all of its foibles. I dumped my last modern Canon -- a film EOS 10s -- in part because I had to carry the manual about when using it. This camera is even more complex and I just do not see how anyone could ever use it save in full automatic mode. It is hugely complex and, like the film 10s, not the least bit intuitive. (I rather enjoy taking a Contax II and a roll of XP2 and just shooting pictures -- but learning film is so very much easier than learning digital.) I am 60 and not at all certain that I wish to spend the rest of my life learning about Mode 32, Menu 9, and the like. Photography ought to be simple: a) insert film b) insert the lens c) take pictures.

Second, I have no means of downloading the pictures easily. While Canon claims their software works on Windows XP, it gags on my computer and will not work. And the card reader also fails to respond. We did download the first set of pictures to my wife's laptop and she e-mailed me some pictures, but there must be a more decent workaround short of taking the card to WalMart and having them transfer them to a CD-Rom. This camera takes an HD SD card or somesuch, and that seems part of the problem.

Oy, Vey, my children! I mourn the days of chemical film. I am not a happy camper.


Cha robh bàs fir gun ghràs fir!

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