Then, one day, I picked up a DSLR and my life thereafter changed. I just had to have one.
So happens, I was lucky. And now, I am the proud owner of Theodore, my very own dream camera.
I read that people closest to me have to get used to me taking photos of everything, everywhere. Only then would I be able to practice. Like the old saying goes, “practice makes perfect”.
So, I dragged it everywhere. And by everywhere, I mean everywhere. I would lug it around even to the most ridiculous places. Yes, Mamak shops not excluded.
I was proud of my photos though I know some smirked at my blissful oblivion. I knew they weren’t great but I was proud anyways. I never even felt threatened by others who had more extensive peripherals to enhance their own “Theodores”.
That was until I tried out the 35mm f/1.8 lens. Then, I became hooked. Let’s not even get started at how obsessed I became.
And again, I got lucky. And got myself the lens.
I used it in ALL occasions, even when it didn’t seem appropriate. Like when we needed to take a family photo. The 35mm f/1.8 lens is a fixed lens and there was no way in hell we could fit my huge family in the photo without having the faces of some of my uncles at the back row blurred.
But I didn’t care. No sirree.
And because I have been using the 35mm f/1.8 lens for an extensive period of time now, I can no longer be satisfied with photos produced from my kit lens. I lug the kit lens everywhere too (just in case dia kecik hati dan buat karangan “Aku Sebuah Kit Lens”), but I HARDLY ever really USE it.
What’s worst, now that I have gotten used to the “perfect light settings” every time I use the 35mm f/1.8 lens, I am afraid to “flash”. Resulting in my photos being a “perfect” mesh of yellow light and blurred lines. I know that if I keep it up, I would have to kiss sharp photos goodbye.
Again, I turned to YL Camera website to see if there was anything to help me cure my predicament. Naturally, I dog-eared one of the flash units as a solution to all my problems.
Since then, I haven’t been so lucky. And I have continued using my 35mm f/1.8 lens.
When I began with Theodore, many people told me that my expenditure for my camera would increase exponentially. I brushed them off. I haven’t bought many things, so I thought I was living proof that you can have this hobby without it burning a hole in your pocket. But I realise that it’s not because I don’t crave that I haven’t bought anything. It’s the fact that I can’t afford to maintain that’s holding me back.
Plus, since I used the DSLR, I noticed that people would expect me to take their photos without extending the same offer to me. Granted, images from Theodore do look nice, but I increasingly find that I am becoming more and more obsolete from my own albums.
But having said that, even if I got myself the flash unit, I find it increasingly uncomfortable to take photos in public. Even when we don’t “flash”, simply because Malaysians love to stare. What is up with you son???
All of the above put together has caused me to look into other options – a compact camera with DSLR capabilities. Either Lumix or Nikon only, nothing less, thank you.
I’m contemplating on whether or not I should sell Theodore off. I think I would cry if I do, but I think I’ll only cry if its replacement doesn’t match it, or isn’t better. If I CAN get something better, there’s no point in wasting tears right?
Dilemma, oh dilemma. Should I or should I not? And before anyone says anything, please note that I most definitely cannot have both.
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