The little camera that could.

By Dana Fox

I get asked so often about which camera I use for my photos. Well, there she is! It’s a super oldschool Canon EOS 350D Rebel XT from around 2005 I believe.  It has no fancy features or video capabilities and is only 8.0 megapixels. I say “only” as if that didn’t used to be amazing or something!  I purchased it in a set (including backup batteries) for just $200 on eBay many years ago.

I used this camera for a pretty long period of time until one day her mechanisms started to mess up. I didn’t know what was wrong, and a new camera was in my sights. Like magic, she randomly started working again and hasn’t failed me since. Just like a momentary near death experience. 

When I started blogging and using it more regularly, I popped a cheap f/1.8 50mm lens on her and it was like she was reborn.  I’ve studied this camera, and learned how to get shots that I like. I’ve learned about white balance, ISO, and every other manual setting she contains. She’s been like my trusty companion who rarely fails me and keeps on kickin’! And while there are other, much more expensive new and fancy cameras I’d love to get my hands on, I’m giving this one a nice long life by learning how to shoot better with it instead of relying on her to do all of the work. *wink*

What kind of camera do you use?

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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • Mrs. Williams {Persnickety Plates}

    I have a Canon Rebel T3. I just got it a couple months ago & am slowly learning how to use it.

  • Samantha Kay

    I have a Nikon D5100. I got it for Christmas last year. I'm still learning how to use it properly but I love my camera very much. :)

  • Love Sparkle Pretty

    I have the good ol' Droid 3 camera! Haha I want a fancy camera one day. Until then, all of the photos I take for my blog, shop, etc. are from my phone.

  • Mindy

    I have this same Rebel, maybe a model older, which I bought off ebay for cheap. And I asked for a 50mm lens for Christmas and now I'm really excited to get it!

  • Erin

    One of my favorite stories goes something like this:

    A photographer went to his friends' house to eat dinner one night. As he showed them his recent photographs, the woman said, "You must have a really nice camera." But he took no offense, knowing she was naive in the ways of photography.

    Later that night as he was leaving, he said to the woman, "Thank you for dinner. It was delicious. You must have really nice pots."

    • dana @ wonder forest

      haha, i love this so much!

  • Lilly von G

    The camera strap is awesome! I want to diy it! Thanks :)

  • Laura

    I love that you use an older camera! My mom has been using a similar version (but even older!) for years and it takes photos that are equal to my 2011 model DSLR. Good investment :)

  • Julia Wright

    I've used a Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT since about 2005, and lately the mechanisms have been messing up too–I completely put her out of commission when I put a camera card in that was apparently faulty and she's now got a prong out of alignment. She's going to the camera shop for repairs soon, but I'm beginning to wonder if another camera isn't in my future. Glad to know I'm not the only one who uses "older" equipment.

  • Cody Doll

    I think that you do a great job. I think people forget that sometimes it's not the equipment that you use but how you use it. I really enjoy this post.

    Thanks for sharing,

  • Bianca

    I have just got my first "special camera" canon 1100D I would love any tips on how to get the best out of her :)

  • Solly Sunday

    I love that strap! I bought a canon eos 1000d with a 50mm 1.8 lens. I absolutely love my camera <3

  • Emmy Barnes

    I have a canon rebel T2i and I just recently figured out my kit lens has a manual focus… yea I'm so late

  • Noor

    I have a Canon eos 550d and you really have to know what to do with it. The photographer matters much more than the camera. I have not really taken the time to learn as much as I should and I know my images could be 100 times better if I would. I still hope to one day though.

  • hannah

    I use a 5DII but that's because I get paid to take photos, haha. For blogging I end up using Instagram more than anything which is kinda shameful. I think it's great when people actually work what they have – too many people upgrade and upgrade without knowing what they are upgrading *for*. Great equipment is nothing if you don't know how to use it :)

  • DawnieP

    I love your camera, and your strap is amazing! I'm useless with cameras so I totally admire everyone who is really good with them!

  • Sarah S.

    I have a Rebel XTi and have been debating a better lens or new camera. You give me hope that a lens is all I need. I LOVE that camera strap! Did you make it or buy it?

    • dana @ wonder forest

      The link is in the post girl!

  • mariagarri

    I will have the Canon EOS T3i in January! Yay!


  • Whitney @ Everything Happens For a Reason

    I upgraded from the Nikon D3000 to the D7000. It's amazing!! My go to lens is the 50mm f/1.8

  • Emily Elizabeth

    Yay! This helps me with a decision of which lens I should get. I have been debating over the 50mm or 35mm and seeing that you have a 50mm gets me leaning in that direction…

  • Lizelle

    very handy post! As a relatively new blogger i've been in the market for a more high end camera, all i have right now is a point and shoot..le gasp! :O However i really have no idea where to begin! Looking at the cameras some of the bloggers i follow use however is really nice :)

  • INDIGOBEANcreations

    wow! i needed to read this post badly! i have a rebel xti, and have left it to sit in my closet for a very loooooong time with much debating over whether i need to buy the new and improved 2012 models. i was starting to believe that it was my camera that wasn't producing the great shots when in reality it is fully me and my lack of picuture taking practise! i have only shot with the kit lens (18-55), and i think that is my reason for not being happy with my photos. since i have been more active on the net, others photos are putting me to shame, and when i find out what kind of camera they are using, i was certain that i needed an upgrade. i have debated buying a new lens (50mm) to help improve my pics, and after reading that you had done just that i think i will wait for some good boxing day sales and get myself one instead of purchasing a whole new camera. part of me feels bad for putting the one i have aside when i know it has a lot of life left in it! i might just jazz her up with a new camera strap too!

  • INDIGOBEANcreations

    i just had to say that i purchased one of the camera straps, i found one that was perfect for me! thanks for the discount code!

  • Leanne Helmer

    I have a Nikon D5100 and I love it, I never leave the house without it! xx


  • Cassie
  • Chymecindy**

    I have Nikon d3100 with 35mm 1.8 lens. Im still learning to use it well. You have nice photos. Thanks for sharing this. It made me realize that its not how fancy your camera is but how you use it.

  • Dearest Lou

    I love that camera strap I will have to go check the shop out (:

  • Dusti Kemp

    I just use a Nikon D40. I really like it. I want a better model with a better lens though.

  • Stephanie

    I have a rebel xs that I probably got in 2009 haha! I love it- I recently got a 50mm for it and I love the photos I am able to get. :)
    Your camera strap is super cute!

  • Barnicles Blogger

    I have the canon 450d and love it! its not too heavy to carry about!
    I really think mp is a big blag we buy into. It's the lens that matters really.

    What setting do you normally shoot on? I'm normally on tv or M


  • Nena Nadine

    Nice camera! I'll be getting my Moms SLR someday. Whenever she decides to by the newest model. Just waiting unpatiently. I've known for sometime that she was going to do this and was waiting patiently but then she let me borrow it for a couple of weeks! For now I just use a little canon elph. Great camera as well.

  • Jemma x
  • Bose Allen

    I use the Fujifilm S 5500. It's a 4 mega pixel bridge camera from like 2004. I love how cute and portable it is and yet looks a little bit profesh. Being replaced soon though