The Cat really is the centre of the universe that I call my surroundings. Sometime She does not wish to have Her face photographed and I just have to make do, like this time on the lawn earlier this year, with my Takumar 100mm macro to hand.
This was taken with a Canon 5D that I bought second-hand, with really low miles on it, for a much lower price than one would expect because it had a cosmetic flaw on the upper housing. It turned out that in video mode at anything over about 400 ISO it had a patch of stuck pixels which left a red dot in all video – once you noticed it you could not take your eye off of it. Since the camera was purchased partly to take video of my son’s gigs, which is often a low-light proposition, this would not do. Canon would fix it, but then the camera would be away for weeks, it would cost nearly $300 and might not really work for that price, they could not be sure.
I returned the camera to the store and ended up buying a new body since by then I had bought a lens, and adapters for the Takumar lenses, and a new camera bag, and filters, and, and, and. Still, I would not have bought one of these cameras for full new price had I not become ‘trapped’ in this set of circumstances as it was way beyond budget. But, to be really truthful, once we had the first camera for a week, there was absolutely no way that I wanted to accept less in a camera, so that was the real trap. And I am not complaining; this camera has given me a lot of pleasure in the past 3 months, and I expect a lot more to come.