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Digicams again

I’ve got it in for Di at the moment!  I’ve decided that the photos that she shoots with her Canon EOS 350d are far too good, so I want a Canon EOS 400d now!  Have to save up my pennies/Eurocents though, but it will be worth it because the dSLRs have something called ‘bulb’, which means you can leave the camera shutter open for eons, especially if you have a nice little remote control too.  This is much better for those night shots I hanker after.  Plus, you can change/upgrade lenses when you want/have the cash.  I did have a Canon EOS 1000fn, I think it was, which was a smashing camera, only it was not digital.  The digicams I was looking at can only hold their shutters open for between 15 to 30 seconds, which is just not enough, I’m afraid.

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Italy (and my son) is far to photogenic for me not to have a good camera.  Well that’s my excuse!

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