Upgrade U: Canon EOS 600D with Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8

by - January 29, 2013

I'd been thinking of buying a new camera for over a year but, like my new Macbook Pro and the release of Diablo 3, I had to wait for a proper reason to spend money to replace something that wasn't broken. When Mini-Bro Pham was born, she sealed the deal because I need a new camera to take photos of her beautiful and not so beautiful faces. Yes, my newborn niece is just as important as (if not more so than) Diablo 3.

I've had a trusty Canon EOS 400D for the last half decade. It's put up with me through many dusty, rainy, muddy festivals and even survived a vodka and cranberry juice accident.... mostly. The built-in pop-up flash wasn't so poppy after it had a drink but when you're the property of Jade Pham, you learn to keep on keeping on despite your klutz owner. My EOS 400D took some of my fave gig photos:

When it came to the new camera body, I was choosing between the 600D and 650D. The salesperson at Ted's Camera Store told me the main difference between the two models is better video and sound in the 650D. I don't intend to use my camera for video recording but if I did, I'd use an external mike so I went with the 600D.

Then I chose a Tamron SP AF 17-50mm f/2.8  because I like using natural light and getting up close to my subjects but also having the option to take wider group shots at events in tight spaces like homes or restaurants. The Canon version of this lens was out of my budget but if you have the money to spend, I'd recommend going with the better quality, faster Canon lens. The Tamron lens isn't as quick or sharp but it's perfectly fine for my amateur photography. Actually, it's more than fine. I love this lens! I love this camera! I love new toys!

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