Monday, August 3, 2009

Yes or No?

I've been contemplating buying one of these however, it's a pretty major purchase and with my impending trip to Milano and a subsequent sidetrip that we are planning, I am wondering if I should spend the money. One could argue that this is a good reason to make such a purchase. I will come home with beautiful pictures of our travels. When I think of all the beautiful pictures I could have had from all my previous travels, I say to myself, you have to buy it! My little point-and-shoot Sony digital camera did an OK job, but nothing spectacular. Nothing like what I could have with this baby:

Oh the joy this little beauty would bring me! Of course then the frugal and very logical person in me (who the hell is that??!!) thinks of how much smaller my bank account will be when I slap the money down for this and I think, I really shouldn't.....sigh... I'm like a paranoid schizophrenic arguing with myself about this. Best Buy has this package deal but being that I don't know a whole lot about digital SLR's, I'm not sure if I should go for it. Then of course I will need memory cards, an extra battery and such. The price is really going up! And do I really need to buy the Geek Squad Black Tie 4 year protection plan for $249.99??!! Of course, we have no sales tax here in Oregon, so that's an instant savings on that alone! But still....

I live in one of the most beautiful states in the union and there is so much opportunity for beautiful pictures here. I don't travel as often as I used to, or as I would like, but I still travel at least once a year, more or less. (I'm trying to justify this major purchase here, in case it isn't obvious) The Italian says there is always new technology coming out for these things and that as soon as I buy one, there will be a better one to follow it. Of course there will be. That's true with just about anything these days, but I am sure that this toy will last me many years to come and will bring me lots of joy and treasured memories. I can blow-up and frame my own artwork. I would have to take a class or read a book though because until now, I haven't even mastered my point-and-shoot, but to be honest, I never really cared because I knew that it could never do what an SLR can. I'd like to make my blog more interesting with pictures of Portland and her surroundings. Of the beautiful Oregon coast, and all the other places we will be traveling in the near and distant future. Of life and our future together. I'd also be doing my part to stimulate the economy, no?

Do those of you out there with an SLR think it was a good investment and have no regrets?

I've made my case. What do you think? Yes or No?


fromtheworld said...

sometimes I think that we need to spoil ourselves and give us a treat. I think that you deserve to give yourself a present, if you can. And you will also be able to take beautiful pictures of the place where you live to show to your Italian and also his family....if you can and it wouldn't require you a lot of sacrifices to pay it, I would go for it!

Saskia said...


(But then I'm biased... Mr B bought me a Canon 40d for my birthday and it's amazing!!)

My 40d was 2nd hand, but only 1 year old. It's wonderful - have you thought of getting a second hand camera & then perhaps investing in a really good lens?

Let us know what you decide.

Saskia x

MissB said...

I think it is a great idea to buy it! I have been wanting a nice "serious" camera myself because the point and shoot cameras don't really capture it all.

Piccola said...

Yes!! Thanks for all the positive answers!! I am going to go for it but I think I am going to wait for the Labor Day sales which are the first weekend of September. I just may find a better deal. Saskia, I hadn't thought of buying a second hand one but that's a good idea and I am going to look into it. I've also been looking into taking some workshops and I have found a few good ones. I am so excited!! I'll definitely blog about it when I get it.

Astrid said...

I agree with "From the world" that we need to treat ourselves once in a while...

I have a Nikon D80 dslr, but sometimes it's just too big to take around. Then I met my photographer friend this summer who used a Canon G9 compact camera. But it's not like any other compact camera, the lens luminosity is great, almost no noise though a very high ISO and it's fully manual for you to set it like you want to. It is bigger than the normal compacts because it has a great screen and the quality of the photos = exceptional.

And a DSLR is not taking any better pictures than a compact camera if it always stays on automatic.

However, go for it. It's so much fun learning to use these lovely gadgets!!!