Seeing Triple!? ;-)

In mid-October, my beloved camera, my workhorse camera, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, gave up the ghost. After taking 170,000 photos, it was apparently just . . . all used up. I felt very, very sad about it. In fact, it broke my heart a little.

But I tried to have a sense of perspective. It had done a yeoman's job. So I thanked the camera for its many contributions, moved into the older SX40 HS model as my back-up camera, and planned to purchase a newer camera when the prices fell around the November holidays.

So on November 28, the Monday after Thanksgiving, I placed an order for my new camera, the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS. The SX40 had 35X zoom, the SX50 had 50X zoom, and the new SX60 has an almost unbelievable 65X. I can't wait to see how it does on pictures of the moon!

The camera arrived one week after I ordered it, on December 5, just a few days after my birthday; and I used birthday money to buy it. I can't believe I'm saying this out loud, after how much I wanted this new camera, but I have been so busy that I've barely had a chance to even touch it since it arrived.

The first evening, I took it out of the box very, very carefully. It seemed slightly larger and heavier than the other two - and it turns out that it actually is. The cameras in the photo above are: the SX50 on the left, the SX40 in the middle, and the new SX60 on the right. The SX50 is the lightest of the three, weighing in at 1 pound 5.0 oz. The SX40 is next up, at 1 pound 5.4 oz. The new SX60 weighs 1 pound 6.8 oz.

That first evening, I installed the neck strap on the SX60, a task which was much more tedious than you might guess. I also attached the lens cover, which wasn't hard at all. I checked to make sure that everything that was supposed to be with it, was.

Fortunately, I already have memory cards of my own; the camera, surprisingly enough, did not come with one! A plus for me is that all three cameras use the same charger and battery, the Canon NB-10L; at this point, I've got quite a few of them, which is a good thing.

Now, what magic did I use to get a photo of all THREE cameras together? Well, my very first Canon PowerShot digital camera was the much smaller, pocket-sized SX120 IS. I last used it when I sneaked it into the Springsteen show at the BJC this past spring. (And what a show that was!) So I put batteries in the SX120 for just a few minutes to take this shot.

It is Saturday afternoon as I post this Blip. Yesterday, I charged the new camera's battery and put it in. I also read the tiny manual that came with it; it's awfully similar to the other two. I'll download the full manual and register my warranty with Canon soon.

I've put away the SX40 and the SX50; the SX60 will be my main go-to camera from now on, though I haven't even taken a single photo with it yet! One of the pictures I take today will be my five-year Blip anniversary photo, my 1825-day. Let's see if we can make some more magic with this brand new camera, shall we? Now, let's keep on Blipping!

I wanted the song for this day to be about three. And here is a worthy song, I think, a classic rock tune: Lynyrd Skynyrd, with Gimme Three Steps.

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