The Obligatory Post About My Brand Spanking New Digital SLR Camera

New Toy!

Watch­ing Death Cab For Cutie’s I Will Fol­low You Into the Dark video first thing in the morn­ing is real­ly not the best way to start your day. I end­ed up bawl­ing my eyes out. If you think the song is depress­ing, wait until you watch the video. I actu­al­ly watched the video a cou­ple more times after the first time because I’m a glut­ton for pun­ish­ment and I end­ed up bawl­ing. Every. Sin­gle. Time.

I did get my brand spank­ing new dig­i­tal SLR cam­era in the mail on Wednes­day, by the way, but it came with an addi­tion­al fea­ture (since Canon refus­es to call it a mal­func­tion): a dead pix­el on the 2.5 inch LCD screen. If you paid lots of mon­ey on a prod­uct, you’d expect the prod­uct to be per­fect, right? So that night we brought the cam­era back to Future Shop for an exchange. After wait­ing around for what felt like ages, we drove home with anoth­er Canon Dig­i­tal Rebel XTi. I hat­ed hav­ing to charge the bat­tery all over again (90 min­utes is a frickin’ long time!) but I didn’t have any oth­er choice. Once the bat­tery was all charged, I test­ed the cam­era and this one turned out to be per­fect. Yay!

I want­ed to call my cam­era Chuck Nor­ris but Troy thought it was dumb. He want­ed to call it Christi (XTi, Christi — got it?) but I thought it was lame. I think I’m going to call it Pene­lope instead. Not after Pene­lope Cruz, but after one of James Kim’s daugh­ters. I didn’t post about the cam­era on Wednes­day because I was upset about James Kim — the CNet senior edi­tor who went miss­ing while search­ing for help for his strand­ed fam­i­ly — being found dead. It’s amaz­ing how much the live (or death) of strangers can affect you.

I still have yet to take the cam­era out­side. Hope­ful­ly I’ll be able to do it this week­end. The weath­er is sup­posed to be warmish on Sun­day. That would be nice for a change.

8 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Con­grats!
    Make sure you get your­self a card read­er if you don’t have one. It’s not good for the cam­era to keep plug­ging it into USB. It’s much slow­er to trans­fer via card read­er too :)

  2. I watched the video and yep it made me cry as well! Although I cry at every­thing so … :-)
    Good luck with your new cam­era — I love get­ting new toys! I have a Canon (dif­fer­ent mod­el) and I think they are great cam­eras.

  3. i got a new k200d which had 3 dead pix­els on the LCD. the online store is in the process of giv­ing me a replace­ment.

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