New Cameras

Grandma Kc wrote this on January 26th, 2015 28 Replies

Many months ago, I started begging Grampy for a new camera for Christmas. Nine and a half years ago, he had given me my current camera for a wedding present! He knew I really wanted a new camera back then and he had been reading up on the soon to be released Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT. (I knew none of this at the time.) He really wanted me to have it for our honeymoon to Sedona and the Grand Canyon but it wasn’t released until a month later. I took my first picture with it on June 23, 2005. I have loved that camera but even my cell phone had a camera with 12 megapixels. My Canon only had 8 and as much as I loved that camera, I really wanted a new one.

I did my homework and read up on when was the best time of year to buy a new camera. The answer is December as the new models have usually just come out and you can get great deals on the older model. Perfect! I was thrilled at the idea of getting the Rebel T3i and in October, I started watching prices on the body only for a T3i. I already had 3 lenses so I was hoping to find a great deal.

Every morning as part of my routine, I would check Google shopping and Amazon and every day the price was the same. It was about a week before Christmas when I found a late Black Monday sale and the price was amazing! For at least 12 hours, I didn’t breathe and I debated whether to do it. I am NOT a spontaneous shopper! I have to beat things to death! But I did it! I ordered it and I was so excited.

Until I got up the next morning to an email from the company saying I had to phone in to confirm my order. I just did not have a good feeling about it! I called and was on hold forever before hanging up and calling back only to be on hold for 5 minutes again before I hung up! I replied to their email that if they wanted to confirm my order, here is my phone number – you call me! Within 5 minutes, I had an email reply apologizing and asking me to dial through to an extension. Still not feeling good about this but I called back. The man I spoke with, who could in no way could be called a gentleman began with a very confrontational attitude to tell me that I would NOT have it by Christmas. I tried to be patient and told him I knew that but for the great price, I was willing to wait. This is when he got really nasty and says the reason it is so cheap is that there is no lens or battery included. I again patiently told him I was upgrading and already had the lenses. He comes back with, “Yes, but your battery won’t fit and the battery and charger are $200. Yours won’t fit – go check, I’ll wait!” My reply was, “Just cancel the order.” “Fine!” And he hung up on me!

I was so disappointed! On the other hand, I had new resolution. I was not buying my camera until the price came down somewhere reputable like Amazon.

Waiting turned out to be the exactly right thing to do. On January 7th, I took my daily Amazon visit. The T3i body was on sale at the same price it had been since October only this time I noticed there was an ad for the T5i body. Better yet, it was only $40 more than the T3i was and it even came with lots of extra stuff! Seven long days later it arrived and I have been in love with my new camera ever since.

Now I must back track for a moment. One day when I first began discussing with Jenna how much I wanted a new camera, Amara asked if she could have my old one when I did. I thought about it for 5 or 6 seconds and said yes. Later I decided I probably should ask her parents what they thought of the idea. They had actually discussed it and thought that Amara was mature and responsible enough.

I went through the camera drawer, got out all of the manuals, the extra battery and the charger, and put them in the spare camera bag for her. I let her have the original lens that came with the camera. I even gave her the new tripod that came with the new camera. I already have a good one and she was thrilled that she could put the camera on the tripod and set the time and jump in the picture! But the first pictures she took were of her longtime friend Twursula. And of course, I had to take a picture of her taking those first pictures! She will be 5th generation camera bug!

You can click the center pictures to go to an even larger view of cuteness.

PS I love that when I got to her house this morning she was taking pictures of her new kitten, Walter!

This post has been linked to the GRAND Social blogging event at Grandmas Briefs.

28 thoughts on “New Cameras

    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I really think she is going to enjoy it! I was afraid the novelty of it would wear off the first day but she’s been taking pictures like crazy ever since. This morning she was trying to get the dogs (3 of them) to sit still for her!

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  1. Joyce

    Exciting! With all that you do for your family and Amara’s school, you deserve a really good new camera! I’m glad your patience rewarded you with a really good deal – and I’m puzzled over why that rude man would act the way he did. Good thing you didn’t get involved with him.
    You and Amara have lots of fun ahead of you with this new hobby. Twursula and Walter will just have to get used to their new modeling careers!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I’ve been making Twursula crazy, too. She is just so pretty and always handy sleeping somewhere close by. I’ve been using her as my test subject a lot lately. She really doesn’t appreciate me when I interrupt her naps.

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  2. Joy @ Yesterfood

    Oh, Kc, I loved this story about your new camera, and how patient you were to get the very best one!! (Don’t you LOVE Amazon??) I am thrilled that Amara wanted your old one, and that you gave it to her. What a fantastic way to start what will be her life-long love of photography. Please keep us updated with how you both get used to your new cameras!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I am glad she wanted it! The only think I asked when I gave it to her was that when she was done with it that she return it to me. She can’t give it to one of her friends or sell it, she must return it. She thought that was a good agreement!

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  3. Olga

    Walter! My granddaughter named her cat Richard. I was going to ask what hppened to the good old cat names like “Fluffy” but then i remembered my sister named her first cats Herb and Doris.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      When Jenna was growing up we named a number of the cats after the Flintstone characters. We had Fred, Wilma and Dino. Amara named her first cat Peanut Butter Sandwich because she was about 4 and thought he looked like one!

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  4. Launna

    KC that is awesome.. I’m glad Amara can enjoy your old camera. She will learn so much … πŸ˜‰

    I’m happy for you, I don’t take great pictures so my cameras are pretty cheap… but my oldest daughter got the bug, she and her hubby have an expensive camera and a little side business too πŸ˜‰

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I think now a days almost everyone uses the camera on their phones — and some of those phones take pretty great pictures

      My goal for 2015 is to really understand my camera and to be able to take some really great pictures! My biggest challenge is taking decent pictures in the Media Center at Amara’s school. The lighting is just terrible. This is the year I am going to learn to do it and do it well!

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  5. Kristi

    Using the right tool for the job makes hobbies even more enjoyable. Glad you were able to find a good deal, and I bet Amara treasures her hand-me-down! πŸ™‚

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Now if I can just learn to take pictures like yours and your Dad! Amara is really excited because she is on the yearbook committee at school and she can’t wait to ask her teacher if she can use her new camera when she takes pictures! I think this is something she is really going to love.

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  6. KImberly

    I am still happy with my Nikon D40, but the battery will no longer charge, so I’ll be purchasing a new one. Wow, that first camera experience is just ridiculous. So glad you didn’t continue with that guy. He sounds real happy in his job, huh? Wonder if he thought hatefulness would encourage you to shop? Awful.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      That was part of it! He was such a jerk that there was no way I was buying anything from him! I had saved for months and months for that camera and I was not giving that money to him! Really glad I didn’t as I ended up getting an even better camera than I had been hoping for and I really love it.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      I stopped by there tonight and she couldn’t wait to show me all the pictures she has taken of her cats, dogs and hermit crabs! She is having fun.

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  7. Stephanie Faris

    One of my clients made me use a site that showed the history of prices on an item at popular retailers. It was clunky to use, but it was VERY interesting…no matter what item you entered, Black Friday/Cyber Monday was NOT the best price for it anywhere at all!!! Apparently a lot of researchers are finding that some of the best deals actually come after those big days…I could definitely see January being a good time, since retailers are now facing a complete loss of shoppers but still need to turn over items. And yes, I also found that a lot of items were cheaper BEFORE the holidays than during.

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  8. Sandy

    So happy you got the new camera! What an ordeal with the guy on the phone though! I’m glad you didn’t have to do business with him!

    I love that Amara is a camera bug like her great great grandma, and great grandpa, and her grandma, and her mom, and her great aunt!! She’s going to have so much fun with her own camera!

    I have to tell you quickly about my first camera! I got it the first Christmas that my mom and your dad were together. I don’t think they were even married yet. I had so much fun with it, and I have wonderful memories of Dad helping me with tips and ideas for taking good pictures! I still have a ton of old black and white photos I took in 6th grade with that little camera. Mostly pictures of my sheep, and my pony, and chickens, cats, dogs, the barns and buildings on the farm. They are priceless to me!! (Those old barns were recently purchased by the Amish family across the road, dismantled piece by piece, and moved. So my pictures are even more special because those structures aren’t there for me to see anymore!) I know Amara’s photos will be just as precious to her as well, and she will remember the times the two of you will spend taking pictures together!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Daddy would be so proud if he could see Amara taking pictures! I wish he was here to give her pointers like he gave you. What a wonderful and special memory. xoxoxo

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      She brought her camera with her this weekend and had fun taking pictures. We had her Mom laughing at breakfast because Amara and I were taking pictures of a banana. We were the banana paparazzi!

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  9. Valerie

    Love this! I love to see things from a child’s perspective, and letting her have your old camera was so sweet. Can’t wait to see more pictures from Amara!

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Thank you so much for stopping by AmaraLand – home of the greatest granddaughter ever! It is fun seeing life through her eyes and I think it is part of what is keeping me healthy and energetic! I’m going to have to talk to Amara about posting some of her pictures and some of her recent drawings. Thanks again for stopping by. Hope you have a wonderful week and that you are somewhere warm!

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  10. Axiesdad

    I knew you took lots of pictures but not that you were another camera nut. We could even have the “Canon vs Nikon” discussion. And now you have infected Amara with our disease. πŸ™‚ Have you heard of a website called Ugly Hedgehog? I have fun and learn something about taking pictures every time I go there.

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      There have been many Canon vs Nikon discussions around here already as Amara’s Mommy has a Nikon and so does Aunt Sandy. But I would love to talk with you about it and get your input and insights. Thank you for the website, I wasn’t aware of them and I am going to check them out. Many years ago I frequented another photo forum but it closed – this is going to fill a void. I have so much to learn and I am determined this is going to be the year I learn it!

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  11. Lisa at Grandma's Briefs

    Congrats on getting the T5i for just a smidgen more than the 3. I have the T3i and love it… but already envy your 5. Or maybe it’s just that I envy your awesome ability with the camera as well as the fun you and Amara have together shooting shots. πŸ˜€

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    1. Grandma Kc Post author

      Your review of the T5i had me drooling in my keyboard and I never dreamed I would end up owning one. My one goal for this year is to really learn to use it. Now I have Jenna wanting a new camera as her Nikon is almost as old as my Rebel XT was.

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