Robin N- you got luck of the draw! (winner of my paper purge rak- e-mail me email@example.com to claim!)
now- to my post…
I don’t like “tech” shopping. Why? I’ll tell you…
I mentioned to my husband a few weeks back that I’m thinking about doing the ‘big girl’ jump into the world of dSLR cameras. I swore I’d be point-n-shoot die hard… but not feeling it anymore. I want more control and options. Yeah- finally I want to go SLR. So… being that they’re not cheap I have begun my search so that I can figure out how much lemonade I need to sell this summer. (if you know what I mean…)
I look around a bit and figure out about what I’ll need to get saved up. I figure I can’t get a camera for at least 3-4 months.
Jason, right off, started pushing me towards the Nikon D60. Because it’s a great camera? Because it’s the best value? No. Because it’s featured right now at costco. (insert photo of me with steam coming out my ears here) He tells me if I want it I should move this week because it’s on special for limited time and price is going up. arg. Then he suggests I just take the $$ out of savings so I can have my camera now. You might think this would tempt me- but somehow it makes me like the camera less. Because he’s pushing so hard for it due to value/convenience factor.
Me? I scope out steve’s site for reviews and info I can use and understand. After about an hour I think I’ve got my head wrapped around what I like. Know what? I think I want that new Canon- XSi. It’s got some sah-wheet features that I think rock. But it’s more expensive. Maybe double once I get a case and a 2and lens. Will have to wait quite a long while for this sucker. Jason tells me that he doesn’t approve. (making me want it more, by the way)
The camera store? Well I was beyond irritated leaving there today. They wouldn’t let me touch the cameras (no joke), she wasn’t telling me the info I wanted to hear- she was totally FIXATED on pixels. I get it. millions of pixels. Can’t tell difference between 8 and 10 unless hugely printed. I GET IT! Can we move on to cool features? no. She’s obsessed with cheapest available. How do I explain I’m trying to invest in a decade or longer type camera? One I won’t ‘outgrow’ in 2-3 years? I ask her what she shoots (she was totally ANTI-Cannon, btw) and she says cannon and she loves it. Ok- so I guess they have some kind of big commission for selling Nikon cameras then. because she was pushing me on Nikon and would barely touch the Canon. (BTW- that also makes me want cannon more- can you see a pattern of stubbornness in me yet?) Then she starts in on RAW files vs JPG and my head wants to E-X-P-L-O-D-E. Finally got her to give me ‘bottom line’ on pricing.
eek. bye sweet Canon. With the lens that I want to start with… gulp… double the cost of Nikon. Am I so sure I wouldn’t be happy with the Nikon?
GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. ARRRRG. (turning into angry pirate at this point)
Then, I called my father-in-law. He’s camera and technology OBSESSED. I hesitated to talk to him because once I open the gate… the calls and info won’t stop. (gulp) but I need to chat to somebody. Know what he says to me? He likes the N60- but more than anything else? He reminds me that I can buy that camera, try it out (up to 90 days or something) and if I don’t like it? Just return it for refund. I hate to admit this- but he’s got a dang good point. If I’m totally hating on the Nikon I can just take it back, go back to using my point and shoot Sony, and then save up for the Cannon which is gonna cost a lot more. THEN mr. right (aka Jason) can’t deny me my luxury dreams because I gave the ‘costco special’ a chance. might be a good idea, actually.
just goes to show you- sometimes the answer you want might come from an unlikely source.
oh, and that I’m a pain in the ass sometimes. Yeah- I fully admit that I’ve got a stubborn streak that’s insane and I’ll stick with (or against) something just because I’m being pushed. no joke. ask my husband. 🙂