It Was a Sign

Last week, during the middle of a boudoir session, my primary camera broke. By beloved 5D, which has been through over 30 weddings, nearly just as many engagement sessions, boudoir & bridal sessions, and has even travelled to several different cities and Mexico with me. It has been a good camera, and had a very long life. The mirror that is mounted inside the camera as part of the whole picture-taking-mechanism just came off the mount. I had a moment of stunned silence, then I went to my bag to get my backup camera, and I finished the shoot. My fabulous friend Kelly was kind enough to loan me her 5D for my portrait sessions the next day. (She is quite a bit of awesome like that.)

Meanwhile, I started shopping for a new (old) 5D camera. Canon has released a brand new camera, the 5D mark II, but it has been scarce and hard to get ahold of, so I was going to just get an original 5D and wait for the mark II. Then I noticed that the backorder notice at Adorama had changed yesterday. Instead of the backorder status message that had been there for weeks (I swear, I did not sabotage my beloved 5D), the new note said that they were expected to arrive any day.

The new 5D mkII is here! It is here! It is here!!!

I put in my order, expecting to have to wait at least a week or two for it to arrive. I have no patience, so I decided to kick it up to overnight shipping – once it was in route, I wanted it as fast as possible. I never dreamed that it would truly be overnight shipping though, and I would get it today! I’ve been dancing around ever since I got the UPS notice, flailing my arms in the air like Kermit and saying, “YAAAAAYYY!!!”

My old 5D is going in to Canon for repair. I’ve heard of others that have had the same thing happen, and Canon fixed it for free. Meanwhile, Sharon, Jay & I are taking the new 5DmkII out for a spin tomorrow morning for their engagement session. Oh, and did I mention that it has HD video capabilities? I haven’t read up on that feature yet, so it might not happen tomorrow, but I can’t wait to test it out too! YAAAAAYYY!!!

Updated to add: Turns out I wasn’t the only one who had the mirror come off the mount. There is now a service recall for them.

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  • Syd January 30, 2009 at 10:13 PM

    This is the camera my cousin Bryce who is a film maker is drooling to get a hold of. Seriously. Awesome. He posted a video on my mom’s facebook of a wedding shot with the camera that is amazing. I’ll send you the link. Very exciting!

  • Christine January 30, 2009 at 10:29 PM

    Want to see some seriously cool video made with it? Check out Reverie.

    I think I’ve seen the wedding video you’re talking about, if it was the one going around Facebook a few weeks ago. It is really, really sweet!

  • Lilia January 31, 2009 at 12:26 AM

    Ooooh, baby – I can’t wait to see what you shoot!!!! :-) Lucky girl!!

  • Marc January 31, 2009 at 2:38 AM

    I’d love a 5D Mk II, but the video is really tricky. It’s going to take lots of practice for people to really get the hang of using it. I got to play with my friend Ryan’s two weeks ago. Basically, you need an external mic if you want to shoot real video with it. The most practical purpose right now seems to be short vignettes that you’ll dub over / set to music.

  • benj haisch January 31, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    I love mine! you’ll love it for sure.

  • Alex January 31, 2009 at 1:17 PM

    That must have been some hot boudoir client that broke your camera… 😉 Bahahaha. Congrats on the new fabulousness!!

  • Cherron February 1, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Congrats! I just got a D90 and am having fun with the movie function. Can’t wait to see what you do with your new toy. :)

  • Christine February 2, 2009 at 12:22 AM

    It was a *seriously* hot boudoir client. I’m just lucky she didn’t break anything else. 😉

  • Kelly February 2, 2009 at 11:17 AM

    Hot boudoir clients, new cameras, and awesome friends named Kelly?
    Does it get any better? 😉

  • Vu February 2, 2009 at 4:38 PM

    I laughed when I saw your post today…on Friday, I ran across the same lack of a backorder notice at Adorama. The camera was actually in stock…I couldn’t resist and pulled the trigger too. Mine won’t be here until later this week though :(

  • Jerry February 5, 2009 at 1:16 PM

    I hope you enjoy the 5D MKII. I’ve been drooling over one (but can’t justify buying one). We’ve even looked at starting to use them for their video functionality in some of our survey equipment at work.

  • Dennis Bullock February 8, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    That is so cool Christine! Congrats!

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