Sunday, August 9, 2009

Out With The Old, In With The New

**************Yesterday, I bought a Sony Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera with a 10x optical zoom. My older Sony Cyber-shot has a 4x zoom so with my recent purchase, I now I have exactly what I need and want.

I'll be returning the Pentax camera that I ordered from QVC. Unless I buy an additional lens for it, it can't zoom in any closer to objects than my old Sony camera was capable of doing.

I'm happy with this new camera because it's small and uncomplicated. With my present needs, the Pentax was too much camera for me. I'm basically an idiot when it comes to cameras. If I knew much of anything about them, I wouldn't have ordered the Pentax in the first place. I was foolish to order it. When it arrived, I found out that it isn't capable of doing what I wanted a new camera for. Duh!

Once again, as with most dumb things I do, I'll blame it on Lon, my husband. He's been pushing me for weeks to order the Pentax due to the sales hype on QVC. Those ladies and gentlemen get super excited over absolutely everything; that's their job. I don't watch QVC at all (I used to occasionally years ago) but Lon checks it out fairly regularly. They sucked him in with this GREAT buy, then he sucked me in. Fools, we're both fools.

Not complete fools, though. QVC has a 30-day return policy. The Pentax is packed up except for the final taping of the shipping carton and soon we'll get a full refund, minus $6.95 for shipping. Thus, fortunately, our foolishness won't be costly.

At the moment, I'm waiting for my just-out-of-the-package Sony battery to charge so I can try my new camera out. If all goes well, all future photos posted here will be taken on my latest camera. I suppose I should try to sell my old one since the new one does everything the old one did, plus more.

Craig's list may come in handy, again. Last week, I finally put my never-worn triathlon wetsuit on that internet website. Hopefully, I'll soon have money in my pocket, one less camera and not a single, silly wetsuit hanging around the house.

I love closeups. I love getting right in there, personal and intimate. With 10x capability, I will be able to get close to my photo subject from the side of the road on my bike rides. Of course, it will assist me in getting close-ups no matter where I may be when I click the shutter.

Keep smiling. YOU may be my next photo subject.


Lia said...

That's a nice looking camera, not that I know a single thing about cameras, which makes my lot laugh as I spent years in front of them as a model in my younger days lol.
Husbands are for blaming things on, I am sure Lon has broad shoulders and can take the pressure ha ha.
Much love
Lia xx

Shaddy said...

Wow! So you were a model. I'd like to hear about that sometime.

Lon's used to taking a lot from me. If the tables were turned, I wouldn't put up with it!! No, I'm really not that bad. I'm pretty sweet for 5 minutes out of every hour! On good days, that is.

Sarah said...

Hey!! I'm in! I better write quick before it kicks me out again. UGH!

I LOVE this camera my dear. I can't wait to see what you do with it. Close ups especially!! Hooray! I love those too, as you know. I'm just not that good at them.

I hope you get some time to play with your new toy real soon!


Shaddy said...

Sarie: I played around with it a bit yesterday. I'm having trouble holding the camera still when I zoom in to 10x. The image in the LCD window is jumping all over the place. I'm lucky if I get what I'm aiming at in the photo at all!! As with anything, I'll have to practice using it.

Thank you for persisting at getting into my blog. I appreciate it.

Linda Yezak said...

I can't wait to see the pics you take with your new camera! I have a Pentax but I lost the paperwork for it. It has all those functions on it that I'll never figure out now.

Start clicking, Lady!

Shaddy said...

Linda: You may be able to get a new manual for your Pentax by going on their website and giving them the model number. It would be worth a try.

I hope to take a bike ride this afternoon with my camera.

Anonymous said...

I am with everyone else. I can't wait to see what inspiration your new camera brings. It must be so exciting. I bet you are out taking pictures right now.

My camera is a little Kodak Easyshare, nothing fancy, just enough to snap a shot or two of the family on special occasions. But, I think you have inspired me to keep it in my purse. Next time I see something that may inspire my writing I just might point and shoot.


Can't wait to see what you do with the close-ups... I was hooked on QVC at one time, dangerous zone for me, but I've repented & have 'want or need' engraved in my mind now...well, at least for now! know how life is! haha*
~lovely evening my dear!

Shaddy said...

darksculptures: Yup, I just returned home after a nice long bike ride. It took forever to ride 11.2 miles because I was constantly stopping as I always do when I carry a camera. I got a whopper of a headache during my ride. I don't know if it was from squinting at the LCD view finder. The sunlight reflects off it and makes it hard to pick out what's on the screen. My headache went away before I got home so that's a relief. I hope to post some of my photos this evening.
I think you'll enjoy carrying your camera in your purse. If you're like me you'll start noticing things you were oblivious to previously.
Have fun!
Lenore: I'm getting blurry pictures often when I try to use the higher zoom power. I'll keep working at it though.
QVC can indeed be dangerous. Those sales people are masters at making a person think they won't be able to live another day without one of everything they're selling.
Enjoy today.