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Shutter Speed: 2 seconds
Focal Length: 55 mm
From this one shot, I've learned a LOT of things about the camera, and how it differs from my PowerShot.
-This was taken with the kit lens. The KIT LENS! That means I can do pretty satisfactory macro work with the lens it comes with. Even better though, is my dad's f/2.8 macro lens that goes 1:1 and is compatible with the EF-S mount on the XSi.
-The aspect ratio of this camera is different from that of my PowerShot. It's a little wider, or possibly just not as tall. But when you have 12.2 megapixels, cropping to fit a monitor won't be a problem at all.
-I feel like the camera is more stable in my hands than I do with the PowerShot. I used a monopod for this photo. Granted, it was in an excellent position of support. But I can't conceive of using a monopod with my PowerShot and getting even usable results at 2 seconds.
-The DoF on the Rebel is a whole different beast. I've come to the conclusion that the really small focal lengths involved with my PowerShot are what really hurt my DoF. I could shoot a landscape at f/2.6 on my PowerShot and have trouble distinguishing it from the same photo at f/8, because the differences in DoF really didn't become apparent until I was very close to my subject. With these longer focal lengths, I have much more fine-tuned control over my DoF.
-This picture didn't involve the flash, but I did play around with it a little. That bugger charges really fast. Like, REALLY fast. Like, I can shoot it in burst mode and still get more frames/second than my PowerShot without a flash.
-Oh man. I'm excited to get my own.