I ordered Canon’s Digital Rebel XL a few days ago. I’ve enjoyed my Canon PowerShot S200 Digital Elph in the year and a half since I bought it, but it’s a toy, a mere point-and-shoot for a guy long accustomed to a K1000. For three years before the Elph I shot with my Canon IX, an APS SLR that I like very much. And my grandfather recently gave me his Minolta SRT Super (aka SRT-102), a 35mm veritable tank of a camera with a well-deserved reputation as one of the finest consumer SLRs ever made.
Film, though, is expensive to shoot. After taking a photography class last year, I have a great appreciation for it, and hope to someday invest in darkroom equipment. For many applications — notably slides — there’s no replacing film. But for the bulk of my totally amateur photography needs, it’s clear to me that a digital SLR is the way to fly.
So now I’m obsessively tracking the progress of my new toy as UPS conveys it across the nation to my home. Those of you who did your RSS homework know how I’m tracking the progress — with a UPS RSS feed.
I think I’m about to get a whole lot more use out of Flickr.