Finally, 4 weeks after ordering it, my new camera is here. And it appears to be working this time.
My new Canon EOS 7D is a lovely bit of kit, by all accounts. It has been very well reviewed in the photography press and other photographers I know who have one are singing its praises.
Unfortunately when mine arrived from Calumet Photographic a few weeks ago, it failed to recognise any memory cards and I had to send it back. It transpired there was a bent pin in the memory card slot, and I was told that was usually caused by someone putting in the memory card the wrong way round.
Anyway, after much time, investigations by Canon, and several phone calls and emails to Calumet from me, I was told earlier in the week the bent pin was not in the usual place where these things happen so it was concluded it was unlikely to be something I’d done, so I was entitled to a replacement.
It arrived on Wednesday morning.
Unfortunately I’ve been so busy with last minute preparations for the launch of the exhibition this weekend that I only got it out of the box this a few hours ago.
Now while I am, of course, very excited about my new camera, I have to confess I’m also completely intimidated by it.
The manual is over 250 pages thick, for one thing. Usually this is because it also contains the instructions in 20 other languages, but not this one - it’s entirely in English.
There are so many dials, buttons and menu options, it’s going to be a long time before I become familiar enough to understand and be comfortable with all the things it can do.
So at the moment, I keep pulling it out, looking at it, pressing a button, then putting it back again and going away to do something else.
Once this weekend is past, I’ll have a proper play with it.