I've finally bought a DSLR. Finally! I would really like to thank Uncle De, Ikelah, my parents, O-K, my friend at work and Puan Mama Sarah in making the very tough decision. I would like to continue this sentence but I'll wait until I actually get the camera before commenting further.
One of my fears that let to the delay in buying a DSLR was that, buying the camera is only a tiny foot dip in the large sea that is photography. The world of photography is so vast, that it's daunting to start. Spending money in buying the body means spending a lot MORE money in buying the accessories. Starting to spend time in photography means investing a lot more time to master the intricate art.
It's like getting married: It's a lifelong commitment. (See why I was so scared to even start?) If the hobby is akin to marriage, I'll add that I already have many wives to satisfy: the blog, the computer, Linux, GIMP, anime, medicine and Puan Mama Sarah. Adding another wife is really spreading myself thin.
Anyhow, I've already tied the knot so I might as well move forward (looking forward to the honeymoon!). Now that I've bought a DSLR, (here's comes the question, brace yourselves PMS, Auntie De, KKL and DITH) ... what to buy NEXT? Here's the wishlist:
1. A speedy Compact Flash Card.
Below is the ultra fast Compact Flash card made by Corsair, a US maker renowned for their RAM chips for computer enthusiasts. It boasts 80x and 40x read and write speeds respectively. It also comes with a lifetime warranty. Don't forget to get big capacities (in my case 2Gb is optimum).
2. A Camera Backpack.
A rugged and tough backpack is crucial to keep the expensive equipments safe and sound, especially during travels. One that I particularly like is the backpack made by Crumpler, called the Sinking Barge. The cool thing about the Crumpler is that it's a hybrid bag with compartments to store both a laptop and a camera. It's padded to the brim with various well placed compartments for wires and chargers. It'd be perfect for me. You could read the review of Crumpler Sinking Barge Backpack here >>>>
True story: I've been stopped twice at airports when my laptop bag was scanned: The security attendant grimly asked, "Why does you bag have so many wires inside???". I meekly answered, "well ... I have so many gadgets the wires are actually a charger for my iPod, charger for my videocamera, a charger for my laptop, USB cables, the charger for my camera, wires for my external hard disk and a multi-point adapter to charge everything at the same time!" After around 15 minutes, I was free to go. Thank goodness!