Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Camera Haul!



Yesterday, while driving home from a meeting with Blair, I asked her if she minded stopping by my favorite camera store. If you live in the LA area, it's called Samy's Camera and is on Fairfax. I've had my eye on the Canon Rebel T5i, and wanted to play with it in person. Blair wasn't that interested, but I talked her into coming with me, and by the end of our visit we were walking out with a Canon T5i each. Here's what I picked up, and why:

I went in for the Canon Rebel T5i, which is an upgrade from my T3i. The reason that I wanted to upgrade is because Canon upgraded their video filming technologies from the T3i to the T4i/T5i, and added autofocus. Unless you make videos yourself and are the person both in front and behind the camera you can't even imagine what a big deal this is. My T3i doesn't have autofocus at all, which means that every single time I wanted to film I had to have someone (usually Blair) sit in my seat while I focused on them. If there wasn't someone around to help me I couldn't film... which got really annoying very quickly, especially when I moved into my new condo alone. On top of that, even when I did have someone help me focus there were times when the focus would be off just slightly, and the whole video would end up looking a little blurry. When the T4i came out featuring autofocus I got very excited, but upon further research found that it still wasn't very good. The new autofocus apparently made a ton of noise and interrupted filming with a constant "clicking" sound. So I decided to wait, and hoped that Canon would improve their cameras. And... they did. The Canon T5i came out with a brand new lens that has a completely silent motor, which basically means that as it focuses in video mode it doesn't make the annoying clicking noise that was common with the T4i. So after thinking about it I decided it was time to upgrade.
























I decided to get the kit with the EF-S 18-135 IS STM lens, which is the more expensive kit available, because after comparing the two lenses I decided this one was better for my filming needs. I have other lenses that I currently film on, but I needed this "silent motor lens" for autofocus reasons so I was deciding between the 18-135mm and the 18-55mm lens. If you're curious, I didn't even get a kit lens when I bought my T3i. I just bought the body, and bought my own lenses. I don't find kit lenses that good, although these two are the exception, since it has the silent motor. 

I've also been eyeing a macro lens for ages, mostly to help me shoot close-ups of products. Macro lenses enable you to get right up close to whatever you are filming or shooting, which makes product close-ups beautiful and super crisp. Since I was at the camera store anyway I decided to look around, and was thrilled to find a Tamron macro lens in stock for a reasonable price. Needless to say, I am now the proud owner of a Tamron Macro 60mm F/2 lens.



















I've gotten a lot of tweets asking me if I am going to sell my T3i now that I have upgraded, and have also received emails offering to purchase it from me, but I have decided to keep it for now. It's super nice to have two for certain occasions, for instance when I am filming and photographing in the same day, because it's a pain to take the "filming" camera down, switch the lens, change all the settings, photograph stuff, and then have to set it all back up into "filming mode" when I want to film again. If it was just a simple switch of a button it would be one thing, but believe me when I say it's a process. It wouldn't be worth it to purchase 2 cameras just for this reason, but since I have two anyway it will make life a little bit easier on filming/shooting heavy days. I plan on filming with the T5i (thank you, silent autofocus), and shooting with my T3i, for which I already have a few extra lenses.

I also decided to invest in an Sennheiser MKE 400 external microphone. I didn't use one with my T3i, and didn't find any problems with the audio, but people who have these external microphones swear by them, and say it makes the audio so much more crisp and perfect. Since I'm using this camera primarily for filming, it makes sense to have the extra piece to make the sound quality much better. Plus, when I am filming from behind the camera, like in my latest bathroom tour video, I can swivel the mic around to point at me, eliminating the need to adjust the audio levels in post. 



Last but not least, I got a Hoya lens filter for both of my lenses. This is a little glass cover that fits right over the lens to protect it and make your quality better. I have one for every lens I own, and definitely recommend these. I feel so much better knowing the glass of the lens is protected.

If you guys want I can do a separate blog post about my camera history, and what I've used before now. Let me know if you wanna see that in a comment below! :)

68 comments:

  1. What an amazing camera! I have a rebel t3 and it's been really great for photography and am wondering how it will hold up filming.
    I can't wait to start testing it out, and also exploring new lens options. I definitely think the camera is worth the price tag. Such awesome quality.
    I'd love to hear more about your camera history - especially since I want to get more into you tube soon, since I love blogging, and sharing my favorite makeup.

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  2. Hi Elle! I just saw these mugs on the Anthropologie website and thought I would send you the link! http://www.anthropologie.com/anthro/product/25989781.jsp?color=060
    I thought that you could appreciate them with your love of owls & coffee :)

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  3. Awesome purchases!! I really am looking forward to your future videos :) cameras have always been slightly confusing to me, but this post was very informative... thanks elle!

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  4. Nice post��camera history please ��

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  5. I would LOVE a camera history post!! And I am still trying to learn on how to use my DSLR camera that I got for my last birthday! They are a little confusing but I think I am getting the hang of it :)

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  6. It looks like an awesome camera- I have the t4i and love it. It doesn't have a clicking sound if you got the most expensive kit, which is the silent lens. I can't wait to see the quality of the t5i. I don't plan on upgrading for a while, but I still love to see. I added the lens and the mic to my wishlist for sure!

    http://www.oliviafrescura.com

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  7. I would love to purchase a DSLR for my blog but whenever I borrow from my sis I can't seem to know how to operate it :(

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  8. Great haul, thanks for sharing! I love the photos on your blogs :)

    AddictedtoOPI

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  9. Congratulations on your new camera! I hope your videos will be easier to film and better in general (not that your videos are bad, but with the T3i it might have been a pain to record...)! On the topic of videos, I can't wait to see more organization videos and fashion videos :)

    http://keslytales.blogspot.com/

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  10. I would LOVE a camera history post too!! Amazing post Elle, I love reading anything about cameras and filming and stuff like that, so this was perfect! :)

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  11. Yes!!! Show us everything we want to know everything, it's inspiring me to buy one and make fashion look books lol

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  12. I would love to read a camera history, it sounds very interesting! I love your blogs, they are both amazing!!

    http://milkshakebreak.blogspot.pt/

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  13. I think it´s great that you invested into your cameras. Since youtube is your job I think it makes sense. Can´t wait to see a new video! :)

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  14. Although I'm not a YouTuber, I am a blogger and I found this post very interesting. I love camera's and learning about them and would love a post about your camera history!

    stylesista.blogspot.com

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  15. You should do a blog post on the settings you use/ have used in the past. I think that would be interesting.

    letitiaharriet.blogspot.com

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  16. This is a great post, very detailed. I love that you looked into the camera and knew about it and had an idea of what you wanted before going shopping. Could you do a post on how you take such AWESOME "stock-looking" photos?!
    And does that mean you used your Canon T3i to take the shots of your new camera and goodies?! :)
    Happy 4th! http://dreamliveandrepeat.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sure does! My T3i is my go-to photographing camera :) I adore her!

      And that's a great idea... maybe I will start a series on how to be a blogger or something on here :)

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  17. I would love to get a nice camera someday

    lizlovesmakeupx3.blogspot.com

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  18. I would love to see a camera history blog! Checkout my blog at annieleaf.blogspot.com

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  19. Yes! Please do a camera history blog!

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  20. Ooh, the T5i looks amazing! Please do a camera history blog :)

    Check out my blog here! SayoniMacaroni

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  21. I really want to upgrade my camera! Alas, it'll be a few years before I do. It's quite an investment.

    Je M'appelle Molly


    xo Molly

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  22. Could you please do a review on the tamron lens? I've been eyeing it for a while now. Have fun with your new camera it looks really cool! I have a t3i myself and film beauty videos and I just use a little canon remote to focus on me. This way I don't need another person to focus my camera and these remotes are only $30!

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    1. It's called Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller and retails for $21 at Amazon. You can even start and stop recording with it!

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  23. I have been wanting to start doing youtube videos, but I have been waiting until I can do some research on cameras and lighting. Let us know how you like the camera after you've used it a bit.

    Sarah xx

    http://sarahxoxo95.blogspot.com

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  24. Now I can't wait to see your new videos!

    http://tanjamortensen.com/

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  25. Wow! I can't wait to see how your videos turn out with the new camera.
    I've always filmed with a regular video camera. Those kinds of fancy cameras are way too difficult for me, haha. My boyfriend bought one a few weeks ago and after that every night I was listening to technical camera stuff - I didn't understand a word but it was fun to see him so excited about something. He's on a roadtrip in the US now (we live in Finland) and I'm beginning to miss him A LOT.

    I definitely would like to read about your camera history! I think I and other beauty vloggers would benefit a lot from hearing about that.

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  26. wow your pictures are always so wonderful! How do you keep so steady?! lol
    Also if anyone knows of a affordable starter camera that would be really helpful! :D I'm barely starting my own blog and I don't have a lot of money to spend at the moment! Just something that's easy to use and takes good quality pics :) Thanks!

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  27. Oh, wow, I have major camera envy right now. I'm using an EOS 10D that's so old it can't even do video. Still takes great photos, but it's not the T5i.

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  28. Camera history and mini reviews maybe on some of your faves. All price ranges would be nice (that you own anyways) !!

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  29. I wish I could afford a camera like this! It looks great!
    www.modernbeautygirl.blogspot.com

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  30. congrats on the new camera and accessories! they look awesome. I love your writing and videos—very helpful and informative.

    Yours,
    Sydney :)

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  31. I was planning on picking up the T3i in the next few days, but maybe you've changed my mind! I'll have to go play with them at the store. :) Thanks for this great review!! Please do another camera history post!

    -Lindsey | Zip & Zeal

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  32. It is so exciting to see you investing in your camera quality and your channel. I have been dreaming of a t3i and now you have me second guessing, would you say that a t3i is better for beginners?

    I cant wait for your next video with this camera! And yes a series on how to be a blogger would be amazing!

    Have a great day!

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  33. i'm very exited to see changes in your videos:)

    oxx, Katrin
    http://inbetweenblush.blogspot.de/

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  34. ahhh i only recently got the t3i i wish i'd waited and got the t5i! autofocus is a pain in the butt with the t3i! but for now i'm just coping with a remote control that helps a lot.. at least i don't need a second person to help me check if its focused or not, but it might not give me the effect that i want. can't wait to see your videos recorded with the t5i! please give us an update on what you think of it! :)

    www.youtube.com/bethni

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  35. I love that you got yourself a new camera! I'm looking for a camera to make better quality beauty videos, but I don't know what to look for! Any suggestions? (Right now I am using a Sony DSC H50.)

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  36. Can you do one of these review posts withOUT an affiliate link? Then your post/review would be more believable.

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  37. Very informative!! I was wondering how you made the focus of your videos - blurry in the background and you very focused and clear? Thanks!

    http://thestyleshack12.blogspot.com/

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  38. Would love to read more about your camera history. I've been wanting to purchase my first DSLR for my blog but have been so overwhelmed with the choices. Would LOVE to learn from what you've learned over the years.

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  39. t4i has the same exactly silent lenses... the t5i was a minimal upgrade. If you were getting a new camera with autofocus and everything you definitely should ahve gone for the 70d.

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  40. You should watch DigitalRevTv on youtube, their videos are hilarious (sometimes completely uninformative, but hilarious) and I'm kinda obsessed, and I'm not all that into photography beyond product shots for my blog.

    Mana
    Fashion and Happy Things

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  41. Haha I feel like my camera is so outdated. I have the Canon T1i still. I hoping to someday have enough room and money to but not only a newer camera but also some lights and backdrops for my photography.

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  42. Yes, definitely talk more about your camera history. I also do beauty videos on Youtube and it would be interesting to know which way I can increase the quality of them!

    xo
    Liina

    http://missliina.com

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  43. I was wondering if you could post some pictures that you have taken. You never really show pictures that you have taken with your cameras unless they are pictures of products you are talking about. Please just take this into consideration. Also, I think it would be a great idea to do the camera history. :) I love your videos and blog posts.

    <3 Crystal.

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  44. I'd love to see more photography-related posts, especially if they involve your love of lomography. I've been dying to get into that aspect of photography for so long now. <3

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  45. Thanks so much for this post! Quite often there can be questions about different equipment that bloggers and YouTubers use for their different projects, and you go into a good amount of detail about the products you chose. I think sharing about your camera history would be great!

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  46. Totally know what you mean about the focusing when no one is around. I usually end up with a pillow propped up or boxes piled up to focus on the space and place I want.

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  47. You should totally do a post on your camera and camera accessories history! :)

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  48. Great camera haul!! These are perfect additions to enhance your videos and photos

    xoxo, Diana ☠
    www.TheNeonFactor.com

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  49. Thanks for posting this! I had recently bought the T5i, I am totally in love but didn't think of purchasing the Hoya filter! My blog is all about my toddler and she is constantly trying to "help" by touching the camera and the lens and the uv filter is MUCH easier to clean then the lens. Thanks so much!! :) Enjoy your new camera!

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  50. I definitely would love to know what you would recommend as a good quality 'starter kit' for filming for youtube. I suppose the best value camera is what I'm looking for. I started a blog last month and am enjoying it so much and getting so much positive feedback I thought I would try my hand at videos, but I am clueless as to which camera does what and don't have much start up funding. Thanks so much, frostedplanet.blogspot.com xoxo

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