Sunday, December 28, 2008

I don't understand the point of the divisions in the NFL

I know why the Patriots have a better record than some teams going to the playoffs, but I think it's a terrible way to decide who is going to the post season. Almost as stupid as deciding the college championship game.

There's a minute and forty four seconds left in the 1st quarter. And its been a whole lot of wind and not a whole lot of scoring. 3-0 Pats right now. Lets hope we stay ahead for the remainder of the game.

As you can see by the ticker on the top of my blog, I'll be finishing up grad school in a few months. It's been a long and difficult road, and I'm buying myself a graduation present in May. What I want retails for about $799 (see here and image below)

It's a Canon Digital Rebel XSi 12.2 MP Digital SLR Camera with EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens (Black). Which means that $634 will get you a really nice camera with an attachable zoom lens. But let's face it, I probably will not be able to afford that. The XSi is the top of the line, but there's also the XTi which retails for $699 and be currently purchased for $529 on Amazon, and the XT which retails for $599, but can be found on Amazon for $549. That last price leaves me scratching my head, you could get the XTi, which retails for $100 MORE than the XT but can currently be purchased for $20 less than the XT. Riddle me that. So while I would love the XSi, it will have to depend on what the prices on Amazon are when I go to make my purchase. If they remain similar to what they are now, I'll get the XTi. So that's my HAPPY GRADUATION present to Meghan from Meghan with love. It doesn't make the past 4 years worth it, but since I can't have my all you can drink Margarita party of 1 on my gradation day, it will have to suffice.


Matt said...

Ok, I honestly don't think you need anything above/beyond the xt (or xti if it's cheaper). The extra megapixels, at that level, are irrelevant (you can't see the difference on a 4x6... maybe if you plan on doing some 16x20s...) and, unless you're a big fan of manual settings (more range in the f-stop, iso equivalent, etc.) the xsi is, as far as I can tell, not going to be much better (slightly larger LCD & live screen, neither of which effect picture quality, are what you're paying for). Go with the XT/XTI and a better lens (70-200 or so would be good for zoom, but try to find an 18-135 for versatility). Also, don't forget to get a cheap $10 uv lens cap-no need to damage a $200+ lens from sand/dirt blown into the glass.

Meghan said...

I think I will end up with the xti. I do want to learn how to use the f-stop and iso settings. That's the goal anyway. With a baby, I'm thinking I'll actually print more pictures. So, with the intent of learning more about how to use the manual features (I even found a reasonable one day class to take) I don't want to limit myself with a more basic camera - even if I don't know how to use it right away. Of course I don't want to pay $800 either. I think the better lenses will have to be Christmas presents :)