Chris Fedderson — MacroFine Musings
Are you ridiculously wealthy?
Then stop reading now. You can afford whatever you want.
But if you’re one of the rest of us, then money matters. And if your dream camera is just a bit out of your reach, do not despair... you don’t need to get every piece of equipment that you want, right now. I acquired the six pieces shown here over the course of a few years.
[Olympus E-30 body; 50-200 Telephoto-Zoom; Extension tube; Flash (ring not shown); Cable release; Tripod with ball head and quick release brackets]
Also, as for your 'right now' purchases, you have options and alternatives . . .
You can shop for last year’s model, demo/open box, used, or refurbished cameras, lenses, accessories, and more. There are pros and cons to each option so figure out what features are — and are not — negotiable among the voices in your head, and then start shopping!
Adorama, one of the big online camera / computer / video / etc. sources, published a good article recently talking on this subject and which offers a more in-depth treatment of it…
But what if you’re not a photo-gearhead and don’t yet know exactly what camera and lens you want? Rent one! Yes, you can rent cameras of all kinds so you can try out various makes and models, kick the tires, take them for a spin, see what your friends think. You’ll likely refine your list of wants, desires, must-haves, don’t-needs, etc., so when you do purchase you’ll be more on the mark regarding what equipment you actually want and need. Not to mention you’ll become a whole lot more comfortable in the vast world of Cameradom so you and your soon-to-be-purchased new camera will start your life together a step or two ahead on the familiarity curve.
Thank You for visiting,
P.s. Did you go with one of these options? I hope it went well, but tell us if it didn’t, we can all use the insight. Did you rent and refine your wish-list? Did you change your first choice to one better suited to you? Let us all know in the comments and we’ll compare notes.
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.