What Did You get for Christmas?
So right now there is not much to report about Texas weather. Winter in Texas is a land stuck between seasons. Some days it's warm. Some days it's winter. Some days it can be both. Currently we have drought. I'm only going to get excited about rain...okay maybe snow too. Who am kidding, snow is really cool in Texas (if it's not on a work day.)
No weather or gardening, let's talk about Christmas presents! Whadja Get? Feel free to talk about favorite presents from Holidays past as well. Time spent with loved ones, your first favorite toy, the things that made you happy.
This year Christmas came early. Was going to ask Santa for a fancy camera. Have been researching them and became fascinated with micro four thirds cameras. I wanted a small camera with a big zoom that could take even better pics than my trusty point n shoot. For ergonomics and stellar reviews I had been reading a lot about the Panasonic GH2.
It was billed as an amazing camcorder that also took good pictures. Hey, two for one.
So a few weeks ago I woke up thinking about this camera. Decided to find out just how much one would cost. Looked it up on Amazon and to my surprise this camera, the GH2, was the "Amazon Deal of the Day"...while supplies last. Thought about it all day. Getting a fancy camera is like getting married. You are pretty much stuck with only getting accessories designed for that camera. This is especially true with the Micro Four Thirds. From now on, all my lenses will come from Panasonic. When this camera breaks I will have to buy the same brand again.
It was fate though. I woke up dreaming about it. Then found the camera was half price and included a lense. It also came with $100 off each additional lense. One day only. So bought the 100-300mm zoom as well.
My big surprise is that the whole "just like a point n shoot with better features" thing is not true. This cameras automatic settings suck wind. Almost sent it back. Started playing with the manual and program features. Now, this camera has potential. I just need to learn more about shooting manual, aperature and program. Have learned that using manual focus rocks the world. With manual focus I am getting shots I could not get before.
Birds in brush and twigs confuse auto focus but not manual. Booya!
Liking this camera now.
So this is my early Christmas present. Have a feeling after a few more months of classes and learning, the GH2 will be (to me atleast), the best camera ever.
So whats your best present?