Saturday, 21 August 2010

New Camera Canon 500D DSLR and Holiday Time!

So I finally got a DSLR and let me tell you its amazing!! I went with the Canon 500D in the end and I seriously love love love it! I was stuck between this one and the 1000D but went with this one in the end. I have been wanting a DSLR for a long time now, and I was going to buy one about 6 months ago but couldn't work out whether to take the plunge or not. Lets face it DSLR's are expensive, and you have to ask yourself if you can justify splashing out. I figured that seeing as though I'm a blogger and I generally like taking photos I could justify it completely ;)

(Taken with my other camera, the rest of the images are with the DSLR)

I decided to pay the little bit extra and get the 500D because it has a really good mode on it perfect for beginners. It basically allows you to use the main functions of the camera in a simplified way to get some fantastic shots. This is ideal for me seeing as though I'm a complete novice and I'm going to Mexico in a couple of days. Realistically I wont know how to use it fully in that time, but this mode allows me to still take beautiful pictures and learn what the main functions of the camera are and what they do. 
However, if you already know how to use the all singing all dancing DSLR's or have plenty of time to learn then the 1000D is a really great affordable option. I'm sure that it will have plenty of automatic modes on there too.
Another thing though that swung getting the 500D for me was that it has a HD Video recording function, which will come in really handy for Youtube, and you never know when you want to catch some impromptu footage!
Here are a couple of completely random pics I've already taken with it and played with in photoshop...

(Excuse me looking a little windswept - this is me just after finishing work lol)

It can be really overwhelming if you're looking for a DSLR, there are so many on the market and it can be really difficult trying to choose one if you are a complete newbie like me, everyone has different opinions, you dont know whats good, whats bad etc etc, but I can safely tell you that the 500D is fantastic and I'm sure that the 1000D will also be a great camera! They are also nowhere near as big as you may think they are, they look really big and bulky but in reality I think that they're not too big at all.

I got a couple of other bits too with the camera, namely a UV Filter, a nifty little remote, and a Gorrillapod. A Gorrillapod is basically a fancy tripod that you can hang on trees, around drainpipes you name it, apparently it won an award or something on the Gadget Show and is a great little thing to have! It even has a little spirit level to show you that your camera is level!

I'm so excited about my holiday, I cant even tell you! Its been over a year since our last holiday and I've always wanted to go to Mexico! We were originally a little bit dubious about going to Mexico at this time of year with it being the hurricane season, but we went to the Dominican Republic at a similar time and we literally had 30 minutes of rain. In that red hot heat, we were praying for rain lol! 
Theres so many things we want to do over there, go Scuba Diving, visit Tulum, top up my tan (obviously!) go on a Catamaran trip to Cozumel, I just cant wait! 

I will be taking LOADS of photos with my new camera and telling you all about it when I get back! I'm thinking about making a couple of cheeky purchases at duty free, I'm fancying a new perfume so I'd love it if you could tell me your favourite perfume in the comments! 

I'm not sure whether or not I'll get chance to do another post before I go, we're getting picked up on Tuesday (24th) at 4.45am NOT looking forward to that part, and I've got lots to do before then making sure we're all packed and ready for action! 

Its a 10 hour flight too so I'll be doing LOTS of reading. Oh yeah thats another thing, as well as your favourite perfume, please tell me your all time favourite book too, I read loads on holiday so I'll need some new material! I'll be spending the flight reading, watching movies, and listening to music.

Talking of music I bought these beaut's today. I've been lusting after some big headphones for a while and these Red Skull Candy Headphones satisfied that want perfectly. Thanks to all the girls on Twitter who helped me choose a colour; indecisive as ever I couldn't choose between the blue and the red, I'll stick the blue on my christmas list ;)

I'm currently listening to the Happy Songs Album and I LOVE it :)  

So thats it from me for now I think I covered everything! I'll see you in a couple of weeks, dont forget to tell me your favourite book, and your favourite perfume in the comments!




  1. Yay! So glad you like the camera! I'm jealous! Have an amazing time in Mexico and I will see you very soon! :)

    I have a gorillapod too by the way! x

  2. Ooo gorgeous camera!! I would love a camera like that! Can't wait to see your holiday pics :)

    And totally random... but you REALLY suit glasses :D

    Lisa x

  3. 10 hours I dont know whether I could cope that long lol.
    Some great books. I heart new york, the notebook, PS I love you and Pretty much anything by cecelia ahern :)

  4. That camera sounds great. My boyfriends wants to buy a DSLR!

    Have fun on holiday, I would love to go to Mexico at some point. I'm going to Egypt this year, my boyfriend booked it today actually.

  5. what an amazing camera, fab pictures, looking forward to holiday snaps Kelly! Have a great time xx

  6. Beautiful camera, I love my DSLR. and I can't wait to see your photos from your holiday! xo

  7. these pictures look beautiful, love them!! Also I totes agre, glasses look fab on you! x

  8. I love your posts lately, you always seem so happy

  9. Aww have a lovely holiday! I've always wanted to go to Mexico so can't wait to see all your holiday snaps :) becky xo

  10. I've got this camera! I bought it when it first came out, cost an arm and a leg but was seriously worth it. And I was just a beginner then too. :)

    Can't wait to see your holiday snaps. Have fun! xx

  11. Awesome camera! The pictures look so dreamy ^_^

  12. ahhh love the pics, you're making me want to get myself a new dslr!! have a fab holiday babe!!! xx

  13. Enjoy your hols! So jealous would love to go to mexico! My fav perfume is viktor and rolf flowerbomb its expensive so I only ever buy it in duty free!

  14. Wow, I want one of those Gorillapods!
    My Favourties perfume is Green Apple by DKNY. hmm
    and a great read is Guilty Pleasures by Tasmina Perry. Its really big so should last the two flights and any other time you read it!
    Have a great time:)

  15. i really want a camera like that!,X

  16. the new sarah jessica parker nyc perfume is gorgeous, loads of people have asked me what it is, i got that on the plane last month and it was about £26 and around the same in duty free i think. i love it.
    have a great holiday! xxx

  17. So jealous! have a lovely time!
    Im your new follower btw!
    Saw some older posts, and you said about going into leeds to get some make up!
    Im from leeds, and was just wondering if it was harvey nics you had advice from? xo

  18. I hope you have a lovely holiday. I am off to Spain in the next few days. Not as good as Mexico but I haven't had a holiday in 3 years! My favourite perfume is Innocent Angel by Thierry Mugler. xx

  19. I've just finished One Day by David Nicholls. It's a really great piece of contemporary literature and it got really good reviews. It's such a lovely book I can't recommend it enough!

    The pictures look great! I really want a DSLR but can't afford one just yet! xx

  20. Beautiful pictures!!
    I have to get myself a DSLR soon!


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