On cameras, lenses, and future additions

canon eos 60d camera
canon eos 60d camera

Growing up, I was always one of those children who was fascinated by cameras. I wanted to be the one to click the button, taking seemingly artistic shots until I heard that ‘clicking’ sound that indicated that the film was at its end. Waiting two hours to see the results seemed like torture, but only seemed to add to the anticipation of getting a glimpse of what I had created. I turned from film cameras to underwater cameras, which in themselves were a complete novelty, even if I did just taken photos of starfish and pebbles on the ocean floor.

I remember receiving a polaroid camera, giving me instant gratification with the push of a button. About 10 seconds was all it took before I got to see the result, which at the age of 11, was an exciting thought. And then, came the digital camera – which changed everything.

About two and a half years ago, I bought my first DSLR, a Canon EOS 550D. Coupled with an enthusiasm for photography, but little background knowledge, I unwittingly purchased a prime lens which until this year, received little use. I’ve found that experimenting with the different settings in ‘Manual’ is quite possibly the best way to learn the mechanics of your camera, and truly improve on your skills.

I recently upgraded my camera, to a Canon EOS 60D, which is used to take all the photographs that you see on Mademoiselle. Primarily, I choose to shoot with a standard zoom lens, the 18-55mm IS f/3.5-5.6, or a Sigma 30mm f/1:1.4 prime lens, both of which have been surprisingly versatile.

Lately, I’ve been spending a lot more time looking at Canon lenses for an upgrade, perhaps even obsessively so since Fashion Week has ended. More specifically, the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8, after being fortunate enough to have a play around with one during Fashion Week.

While I still consider myself an amateur – which I respect that I am in every facet of its meaning – I see photography as far from just a means to an end. It’s a way to capture a moment, a memory, a feeling, the kind which in this fast-paced world of ours can so easily be forgotten. Besides, the only photos you’ll regret are the ones you didn’t take.


  1. soph // and other things September 18, 2013 / 7:32 pm

    Sweet kit! I’m in serious need of an upgrade, which is why I’ve hardly been taking photos for my blog.

    I love the photography is “a way to capture a moment, a memory, a feeling” comment. This is how I feel about film photography because once it’s captured THAT’S IT. I guess that’s also the same for digital photography, but there’s always the whole “ohhh delete it I look horrible in it” scenario haha.

    • jamie-lee September 18, 2013 / 7:38 pm

      LOL! Yes story of my life. I swear my bf manages to always capture me mid sentence, mid laugh or when I’m doing something awkward with my face.
      My favourite kinds of photo’s are the candid ones, where the subjects might not even realise they are getting their photo taken. It’s so much more natural.

      And re an upgrade. Do it! Although if getting a camera I would suggest just going all out and getting a full frame. I totally regret it, although at the time couldn’t fathom shelling out a few more k’s for it 🙁

  2. Yolanda - BNE Style September 19, 2013 / 12:14 am

    I recently purchased a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens and it was the best decision I have made! it is so versatile for a variety of situations and it gives that lovely out of focus bokeh!


  3. Closet Fashionista September 19, 2013 / 4:37 am

    My dad is really into photography so I should really get myself a good DSLR instead of my point and shoot and have him teach me. I’ve always loved cameras too, I would take tons of photos at family events and got a video camera for my 16th birthday, ha ha

  4. milex September 19, 2013 / 11:16 am

    you have the best ideas ever

  5. Alisha September 19, 2013 / 1:31 pm

    The 24-70 is a very good lens – it’s on my wishlist!

    I’ve got 16-40mm which I love, as well as a 50mm and 85mm for portraits… the 85mm takes some seriously amazing shots but isn’t all that versatile.

  6. Le Fanciulle September 20, 2013 / 4:41 am

    Steph & I both use a 50mm f1.8 (she has a canon & I have a nikon) which is an absolute dream to use because it’s super fast in low-light and gets that “streetstyle pic” look! Although, if you can fork out on a f1.4 then go for it. I guess you already have the 30mm which is probably a bit more versatile than the 50mm, but perhaps borrow one and try it out if you like the prime lenses 🙂
    It’s actually all I shoot with!

    That and my fish-eye haha – I’ve got some pics from a store who’s owners we’re trying to get an interview with soon – I’ll let you know when it goes up so you can see how the fisheye is. Quite a nifty lens for showing off a large area without having to run half a km away with the prime lens just to get the same shot.

    x Trish

  7. Angela of Lattes and Juice September 20, 2013 / 10:52 am

    Fab tips! I seriously know nothing about photography and always looking for some pointers on lens. I have a Canon SLR but really don’t like the default lens. We were gifted a great portrait lens but you can’t zoom with it. Your photos are always so lovely so may give it a go. xox

    • Le Fanciulle September 20, 2013 / 11:12 am

      Yeah the kit lens is usually always a dud – I’m actually not sure where mine is anymore haha…

      It’ll be super annoying at first, having no zoom, but that was one of the things that forced me to learn very quickly – you have to position yourself to get the composition right instead of relying on the zoom! (That does mean sometimes having to run a mile away just to take a shot)
      Hope that helps – hit me up on insta/twitter if you want to pick my brains more – I’m by all means not an expert but I’m happy to share my tips hehe 🙂

      x T

  8. Marlene @ chocolatecookiesandcandies September 25, 2013 / 12:08 am

    I’ve finally upgraded to a Canon 60D too. My Canon 400D was so old and decrepit that I’m ashamed even to give it to anyone. I’ve been contemplating about getting a 24-70 f2.8 but I have something similar already (17-55mm f2.8). I’d love to get the Canon 70-200mm f4 IS to bridge the gap. If only it doesn’t cost so much!

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