The event, Canon Bring It In Brooklyn was really interesting in that guests were allowed to borrow Canon cameras during the event for a couple of hours. (There was also the opportunity to bowl but we stuck to trying out the cameras.)
I was loaned the Canon EOS Rebel T6i DSLR and had no clue what to do with it so this was a fun and informative couple of hours.
Kim was loaned the Canon G7X which was pretty nice too but still more along the lines of a point and shoot. The cool part of the G7X was that the screen slid up and flipped over allowing you to take the perfect selfie (boy I hate that word) if that’s your thing.
Getting the chance to try out such a nice camera was really great. However, I’d consider equally important the amount of Canon reps/professionals and celebrity photographers there to give out tips and pointers on how to use the cameras and talk about photography.
Since there was only a short time to play, I stuck to mainly experimenting with the ISO settings. I also got a chance to test out a macro lens to get that amazing closeup of the strawberry which you can see above.
Here are a few of my photos from the event:
I only spent significant time at one of these areas. Not so surprisingly it focused on food photography. Photographer Stefan Karlstrom was there to chat with and share some expertise.
This was a pretty popular area and it was fun getting a chance to test out the macro lens.
There were a few plates of food and drinks set up as props to practice on. My early shots came out like this dark photo below until I made some adjustments and got some tips on a better way to approach taking the photo.
Obviosuly this photo is not a very good one. I’d bet that my 3 year old Canon S95 point & shoot could get a better shot than this. However, just a few minutes later I was able to take the photo at the top of this post!
It’s amazing to think how a good camera and some knowledge of photography could change things so fast!
A couple of photos taken with the Canon G7X:
With photos being such a big part of travel, I’ve been wondering if it’s time to take the leap and pick up a DSLR?
The positives would be the ability to take better, crisper, more detailed photos. With a DSLR the odds of getting better photos in low light like a rain forest would also be much better. I could also see the potential for getting much better photos of Lucas!
The negatives would be the cost of the camera and lenses, the learning curve which might lead to missing shots and carrying around a bulky, heavy camera.
Many times over the past 5-7 years, Kim and I have debated whether or not to pick up a DSLR but always decided against it. Canon’s Bring It definitely made me think a lot more since I had the chance to try out one of the cameras and got a taste of what a DSLR can really do.
I’m torn and not sure what to do. If money was no object I think I’d go for it but let’s be realistic, it is a major consideration and investment….
What kind of camera do you use? If you use a DSLR, would you recommend getting one or suggest just sticking with something a bit less complex?
FYI- Photos were shared to social sites like Instagram using #CanonBringIt from the event.