Sunday, January 4, 2015

Mosaic Monday # 22 - New Year, New Camera

Here we are at the first Mosaic Monday of 2015, welcome all who like photography and to create collages.
The other day I was photographing woodpeckers on the new feeder hubby received for Christmas and the dreaded error 99 code appeared on my camera. From research error 99 is like an engine warning light on a car so off we went to the camera store.
Not wanting to spend upwards of $350 to repair the 40D or the considerable amount to upgrade to the 70D, I discussed my camera abilities and expectations with the technician. The logical solution for my abilities was to downgrade to a Rebel T5 which I'm very happy with. It's much lighter than my 'big' camera and since it was on sale, a good deal.
Taken with the 40D before it died.
The new feeder is a cage with a compressed block of seeds to slide in and it's being used a lot since it was hung on boxing day. Bottom right is the peanut feeder hanging beside it which is pretty much being ignored now.
Downy and hairy woodpeckers have been pecking at the block as well as white and red breasted nuthatches. The odd chickadee scoots in before being chased off.
These photos are from the Rebel and I didn't even have to use fake snow from PicMonkey as it's been coming down pretty good all day.
It would be interesting to know what camera everyone is using if you'd like to mention it in your comment. I also have a Canon point and shoot that takes fair pictures and it's always at hand in my purse.

47 comments:

  1. Thank you Judith for Mosaic Monday and Happy New Year. I use a Canon EOS Rebel as well as a Lumix. As you do, I carry my Lumix wherever I go. The Canon generally is used for more planned shots.

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  2. Beautiful photos, Judith!
    We too have woodpeckers, but I haven't succeeded in taking photos of them...
    My more recent photos have been taken with my brother's old Canon EOS 450D. It would have lots of potential I'm not using yet.
    Have a lovely week!

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  3. Enjoy the new camera. That looks like a great feeder for attracting the woodpeckers and it will give you lots of photo opportunities.

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    1. Forgot to mention my cameras ... a Canon t1i with a couple of different lenses and a Nikon Coolpix with a 42x zoom. The Nikon is lighter than the Canon to carry and I don't have to keep changing the lens.

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  4. Judith I really love the feeder. And have fun with the new camera....I also have a Nikon Coolpix....it is amazing what my point and shoot can do.

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  5. I'm sorry about your camera, but maybe you've got a better one for you now. I use either my phone which takes really good photos actually, or my canon point and shoot, which I think is wearing out. It still takes good outdoor shots but inside are not as good. Someday I should invest in a new one.

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  6. Lovely woodpeckers and great pictures!

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  7. Great photos - I love the woodpeckers at the feeders. I just purchases a Nikon CoolPix P600 - it has a zoom to 250X and is much lighter than my last Canon that I had - plus the extra 100X in zoom. I think Nikon has now passed Canon in technology. I have a small hot pink Canon that rides in my pocket at all times - it takes great pictures (better at sunsets than any camera I've ever had) and is handy to use for a quick shot. It is about 6 years old but better than the newer Canon small cameras. It has survived being dumped accidentally in a bucket of water by my three year old grandson just learning to take pictures - and a splash in a bowl of ice water while I was documenting some jam making - sturdy little thing and still takes great photos.

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  8. I'm sure you will enjoy your new camera, Judith. Cannon camera's are very popular with bloggers. It is so nice that you feed the birds suet during the harsh winter months--I'm sure they must go through many cakes of it! We have had so much snow that I have been lazy about going out and filling my bird feeder. I need to move it to a more convenient place so I don't have to put on boots to fill it.

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  9. Such happy little woodpeckers...lovely shots :)
    I use my iphone 3 for close up food shots but the rest of the time I use my Nikon. I bought that when my little grandson was born so that I could have quality videos to shoot and post on Facebook since my son had to return to Iraq after the baby's birth. i researched what to buy and Canon and Nikon were neck and neck so I just bought the one that was on sale at Best Buy at the time :)

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  10. You got some nice photos with your cameras Judith. I'm using a Nikon D5200, new in November '13. I like it although it's larger and heavier than my point and shoot. I can get more lenses for it if I want as well. I still need to learn more about it! Have fun with your new camera. I hear the T5 is a good one.

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  11. I'm not very au fait with the different models of camera available I'm afraid. I use a Panasonic Lumix which was handed down to me by the Senior Partner when he last upgraded! I like it,it does what I ask of it and I'm always happy with the results.
    No snow here in Normandy yet but I am putting out extra feed for the birds, they need a helping hand at this time of year.

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  12. Hello Judith, congrats on your new camera.. And I love the woodpecker photos. They are one of my favorite yard birds. I have similar feeders too. Thanks for hosting, have a happy week!

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  13. Happy New Year Judith and congratulations on the new camera. The Raccoons around here can get those square feeders open with their nimble fingers, huge sigh. For 5 1/2 years I used a Nikon D-90 with a 70/300 lens and own no tripod...everything is hand held using that lens even for macro. Then last September it failed me on a rather important day and I was told it could cost $350. to $500. to repair it. I decided to upgrade to a Nikon D-7000 and it is causing me headaches, but I am learning slowly how to use it...so much to learn, even though I was told it was similar to the D-90... It is all in learning and having fun and then sharing...Happy week~

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  14. Enjoy your new camera, Judith. We used to feed suet but the raccoons kept knocking down the feeder and taking the suet cakes away so we stopped. We feed nyjer in the finch feeder, corn/safflower/sunflower in the other feeder, and ear corn on the squirrel feeder. Very cold here: single digits and we have just a bit of snow from overnight.
    Hugs, Beth

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  15. Great photos! It must be woodpecker time, although yours is a different breed than the one I photographed last week. Is yours a greater or lesser spotted? Camera wise last year I got a big - for me! - Canon and I love it, but my little tiny point and shoot Fuji takes just as good pictures! I think these days they all seem to be very good don't they. I hope that you enjoy your new camera and that it does all that you want it to - these pictures are excellent! xx

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  16. Yay! Congratulations to your new dslr I heard it is a good one though. I have Nikon D5000 that I like and dreamt of upgrading but maybe next time. I also have a Sony photo shoots which I often bring since it is not heavy and I can put it in my purse or even my clutch. Thanks for hosting. Happy New Year!

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  17. Happy New Year to you. Enjoy your new camera. I have a Canon 60D but also carry my Canon G11 with me everywhere. It is a great little camera with many of the features of at DSLR. It has had a work out during my 365 project this past year.
    I am looking forward to another year of Mosaic Monday.

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  18. Love the woodpeckers and YeeHaw to a new camera!!!!!

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  19. Wish you and your family the best for 2015!
    Tomoko

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  20. The woodpeckers are beautiful. Have fun with your new camera Judith. Mine is nothing fancy, a Canon point-and-shoot (PowerShot SX260 HS).

    Karen

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  21. Sorry about your camera and happy about your new one. Woodpeckers are hard to capture and you did so very well. We must be in the same weather system.

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  22. Your photos are beautiful. I am happy about your new camera and sorry you had to give up the old one! We have a Canon Rebel and two lens, the larger one we use when Nick runs his races, in door track, cross country etc. Plus it was great when we came across a phamily of geese and I could shoot the babies from across the road like I was right there with them! LOL! Always a pleasure to see all your lavender here. Enjoy the week. Hugs, Anne

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  23. Your bird photos are lovely - they must be fun to watch. It's hard to switch to a new camera. I use a Panasonic Lumix - mirrorless camera and I'm enjoying learning more about it.

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  24. I love my Canon SLR and take lots of pictures. Last week I was up in the Muskokas after the snowfall and got so many nice pictures. Driving home through the snow and freezing rain last night would have made entirely different pictures!

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  25. You got some great bird shots there, no matter which camera it was. I use a Pentax K7- I've been a Pentax girl for almost 40 years, this is my third. You'll have lots of fun with your new camera, Judith.

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  26. Your woodpecker pictures are great.
    Thanks for the party.
    Denise

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  27. You've done a fine job with your new camera, dear Judith!

    Have a nice day ... Frauke

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  28. Wonderful photos from both cameras Judith.
    I always enjoy seeing the bird feeders - our feathered friends would perish during the harsh winter days if people like you didn't take care of them - thank you!
    I'm still using the Panasonic Lumix I've had since starting blogging, however a new camera is on my wish list - I would love to have a good lens for distance shots!

    Thank you for hosting and Happy New Year.
    Shane

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  29. Wonderful photos from your cameras. I have a Canon 70D though to tell you the truth I have been using my iPhone a lot lately.

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  30. Great images of the downy woodpecker. I used to get quite a few of them at my house when my children were small. Now we live on the ocean and don't see them. I use a Nikon camera and I love it.

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  31. Thanks so much for hosting this fun party.

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  32. Congratulations on your new camera Judith! Your photographs are wonderful! I had upgraded to the Canon T5 over my older Rebel and do love it. The higher resolution of the newer cameras really makes a difference with the clarity of the photographs. I also own a smaller and lighter Nikon P510 with 42X zoom for traveling. The Canon 70D is also one of the cameras on my wish list for its higher resolution but just not in the budget right now. Bottom line...I am very happy with the performance of the T5. Happy New Year and enjoy your new camera!

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  33. You managed to capture woodpeckers in the snow - wow! (Not something I get to see in Georgia, well, ever, at this point in my life!) So sorry to hear about your camera. I did not know about the 99 code and now I hope I never see it! I think I've mentioned this before, but most of my blog photos are taken with my Canon Powershot, but I do have the Canon Rebel T3 for more "professional" photo taking -- and I still mean to read my manual and learn to use it properly. That's the camera we all had when I was at the newspaper and magazine, and I consider it a workhorse of a camera. Hope you love it as much as I do!

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  34. Lovely woodpecker shots! We have a couple of these feeder and the woodpeckers especially LOVE the suet blocks we feed them. So glad you are enjoying your new camera!

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  35. Hi Judith,
    Your woodpecker pics are amazing! I do love birds and you have captured such beauty! Thank you for hosting Mosaic Monday! Taking photographs is such fun! Karen

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  36. Congratulations on the new camera. I have been using a Rebel EOS for a few years, now and have been quite pleased with it. I use my 75-300mm lens to shoot birds at the feeders since they are so far from the house. It is a sound all around camera. Looks like we feed the same little birds. They are very hungry and it is very cold so they need the suet for warmth.

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  37. So happy for your new camera. And you have captured the birds beautifully!

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  38. Happy New Year! And nice pictures with the woodpecker!

    My camera is a Nikon D300S and I use a 50mm Nikkor lens (f1.8) for portraits and a Tamron 16-300mm.

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  39. Hi Judith and Happy New Year to you. Really nice Mosaics of your Woodpecker photos! I sold my Rebel T2i a few months ago, and have thought now and then about the Rebel T5i. Let me know what you think of it. I really do like my Canon Powershot SX50. I've done really well with it, but it's still not a DSLR. Take care, Mona.

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  40. Hi Judith,
    Your woodpecker photos are lovely! You were so lucky to capture him on film.
    My hubby recently gave me a Canon EOS Rebel SL1 but I am just now using it and so far am just using it on auto focus. I am looking forward to learning more about it.
    Happy New Year,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  41. You got some great shots of the woodpeckers.
    Hope you enjoy your new camera.
    I use a Canon 60D and am happy with it.

    Happy New Year!
    Carolyn

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  42. Hi Judith, I stopped by to wish you a happy new year! Loved the woodpecker photos!! I got a Canon for Christmas and have no idea how to use it yet....LOL!!

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  43. Woodpeckers are so gorgeous, but when one lives in a cedar sided house, well, let's just say we do NOT feed them and do NOT welcome them.

    We had woodpeckers put several HUGE holes in our siding! It was a very expensive and big deal to correct, and it isn't corrected perfectly, which makes me insane. Let's just say the sound of woodpeckers in the woods behind my house growing up was soothing and comforting....the sound of woodpeckers now days makes us run and scramble to get slingshots to shoo them away. NO more holes, you pesky beautiful birds!

    Love your pics. I wish I could join in mosaic mondays more often but I never seem to get the timing right. I join in spirit though. Hugs.

    Happy New Year! ♥

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  44. Hi Judith,
    I love your photos. We see seldom woodpeckers here. Its sad that your camera died but nice reason to upgrade to new technique. I use a Canon Powershot G6, which was the brandnew when I bought it years before. Now some important functions don't work properly anymore. So it was very interesting to read about your choice. I will have a look at these cameras. I wish you a wonderful New Year.
    Best greetings, Johanna

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  45. I used to use my Canon 40D all the time but its focus is off and I also don't want to spend money on such a heavy camera but I have all of the lenses. I have wondered about the T5 so it is good to hear. I have a Canon G15 and love it for ease, but my Iphone 6 just blows me away!

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