Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
I recently visited my favorite local photography store, Ace Photo. They were having a special event that brought together a number of major camera and lens manufactures for a mini-trade show.
I wanted to upgrade some current functionality through either a new lens or possible a new camera system all-together. I’d done a lot of online research but there is nothing like going in-person to see, feel, hold the camera, and to speak to an expert. I could explore Nikon, Canon, Olympus, Tamron, Sigma, and more. I was able to talk with all these experts about the features, capabilities, and compatibilities of their systems.
We spend so much time shopping online for what we believe to be the best value, we forget that the most important value may be in exploring all the options in person. In addition to the satisfaction you’ll gain from your purchase, you will likely save money in the long run at your brick and mortar because you’ll get the best choice for you — without having to ‘purchase’ a lot of trial and error.
I did get a new set-up, and one that is fully compatible with my existing equipment! So guess who the winner is — besides me . . .
I wasn’t unhappy with my current set-up, in fact I really like my current Olympus camera, its features, and the great lenses. But I did want to explore some other options that I didn’t think were offered by Olympus. Turns out they had more functionality available on their new cameras/lenses than I’d realized. WooHoo!
When choosing a new camera, there are a number of things you’ll want to consider before you get to an event so you can focus on what’s right for you. New equipment is really fun and exciting but can be daunting, so be sure to consider the following:
There is a lot to think about and learn before you can snap that first great shot with your new set-up. Do your research. Talk to people in-the-know. Visit a trade show or an event like this one we attended at Ace Photo. This event was amazing. It was small and very ‘do-able’. Service was great. Information was plentiful and readily accessible. And, we really enjoyed purchasing from, and supporting, a local store.
Thank You for visiting,
P.s. How do you do your research? Do you know of any trade shows or other events coming up that others would find beneficial? Share your thoughts in the comments so we can all make better informed choices!
I am a Virginia-based photographer and gather my images while hiking in parks and natural areas here at home and in the locations I travel to. I also love to visit arboretums and botanic gardens to find unusual and exotic subjects.