Some of my bloggy friends know I’ve been looking around for a new camera. I have two small digital cameras that take good pictures but are simply crap to try to get anything close-up or anything far away. Since I love both close pics and landscapes, I knew it was time to seriously consider upgrading my camera equipment.
Both Devoted Spouse and I spent hours researching, reading, discussing and considering various makes and models. What did I want this for? The answer to that can mean the difference of big bucks, believe me. I decided I didn’t need all the bells and whistles, nor did I need the capability to make a video – I wanted to be able to take clearer pics of EmmaLou and have some decent camera equipment for when I am on a barn hunt — yes I like to wander the country in search of old barns to photograph. I have no idea why I am drawn to old architectural sites; old barns, churches, etc. We all have our strange quirks, and those are some of mine.
Anyway…I narrowed my choices, talked to some bloggy friends, hunted the internet and then the other day as we were strolling through Target, Devoted Spouse said, “Let’s go take a look at cameras.” Well, forgive me for being a true snob, but I’ll be danged if I’m going to buy an expensive piece of camera equipment at a store like Target — c’mon we really don’t know where Target or Wally World gets their merchandise and what’s to say these might not be very well constructed knock-offs? (no I’m not accusing either store of that, I’m just sayin one should buy appropriate merchandise at the appropriate store.) Yes, Target had my camera but the price was really high and while I enjoyed looking at it, there was no way in you-know-where I was buying it there, or for that price!
Saturday Devoted Spouse got this great idea — let’s go on an adventure. I had been cooped up in the house for awhile resting my back and I needed to get out and get some fresh air. He wanted to visit a camera shop he was familiar with in a neighboring town and I thought it would be fun to go to lunch afterwards.
Turned out I had an expensive egg salad sandwich. Reminded me of the time years ago we went out to buy a box of broccoli (don’t go there Auntie) and came home with a new red pickup truck.
You see, the store was having a pre-holiday sale on the exact camera I wanted, a Nikon D3000, PLUS they were having a sale on the particular zoom lens I also wanted. Holy cow – how could I refuse? The price of the camera and both lenses was far less than anywhere else we had seen, plus I was happy that this was a bonafide camera shop — a place I could return if I had issues or questions and actually talk to someone knowledgeable about photography. I mentally did some bill re-arranging (deciding I would buy a new power cord for the laptop and baby it along for a bit longer) and looked at Devoted Spouse and said something to the effect of “Merry Christmas to me.” He smiled and agreed. What a guy! I think he’s happy because he now has years of gift ideas for Christmas and my birthday — all camera gadgets and accessories! I have no problem with that.
So now I have my new camera and I’m thrilled and a bit intimidated coz this thing has more dials than a nuclear reactor console. I’ve read the quick instructions which made my eyes bleed – and managed to snap my first pic of guess who?
Now it’s not an award-winning photo, but it’s my first using an actual DSLR and I think the clarity is better than some of my older pics of EmmaLou. Give me some time to practice and learn what everything means and boy will Wordless Wednesday become alot more fun!
So if you don’t see me here as often it’s because I’m out driving around the countryside looking for the perfect picture and having fun with my new toy! It”s beginning to look alot like Christmas…