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July 8, 2010

Decisions, Decisions

Filed under: Uncategorized — Karma @ 9:10 am

As I have already shared with some of you, my desire for a DSLR camera has reached some pretty high peaks in recent weeks. Hubby and I have been discussing, and believe we have found a reasonable way to work one into the budget. Since I am a would-be beginner in the world of DSLR’s I’ve been looking at the entry level models. Their price and compact size appeal to me, and I’m fairly sure their abilities and features would be just fine for someone like me. I’ve been dithering between a Nikon d3000 and a Canon EOS Rebel XS. The two are remarkably similar in size, shape, features and price. I was in the store with hubby yesterday, ready to set things in motion, as he waited for me to make my decision. All at once, I had an attack of conscience. Do I really need this camera? Is it fair for me to spend this much of my family’s money on one item, just for me? Maybe its because I’m a mother; I’m so used to taking care of everyone else. As much as I longed for this piece of equipment, I couldn’t bring myself to do it yesterday. What do you think I should do, everyone? My heart tears me in two directions: get the camera and expand my love of photography to new heights or make do with my camera that has served me decently for the last two years?

E.T.A.: My sister, the voice of reason, sent me this email when I told her of my dilemma.  Really didn’t help my decision making process! Thanks, sis! 😉

There may be even better sales come Christmas time.  I actually think maybe you should wait.  As you admitted yourself in those pictures from dress rehearsal, there are still features on your existing camera you haven’t mastered yet.  Maybe you should take some time this summer and really use the heck out of it and get out the manual and force yourself to use every feature and then if you are still not happy with your results then go back to looking at the DSLR’s.  You do have those nice accessories that you got for that camera too, seems like a waste to abandon it so soon! 



  1. Buyers remorse already? I know how you feel, though. I didn’t feel guilty when I bought my D70s because I used part of the money I inherited from my grandmother… then when the D300 came out, I stashed away a little money each week and had more than half the amount saved up when hubby surprised me by telling me he would chip in the rest of the amount and get it for my birthday.
    I DID feel guilty when I bought my big lens (still had the D70s at the time) because it cost more than the camera. The guilt went away as soon as that lens arrived on my doorstep 😉

    Anyway, I think that you do deserve this camera, and all or any accessories for it that you might get in the future. The camera won’t be just for you… the photos you will take with it will be there for the whole family to enjoy. Of course you could say that you already do that with your current camera, but the fact that you WANT a DSLR makes me think that you’ve outgrown your camera and are ready for a step up. There’s just some things that you can’t do with your current camera, and you WILL be able to do with a DSLR (I don’t care HOW many people say that “it’s the photograher, not the camera”!)
    So, go get that camera!! Hubby is obviously OK with it 🙂
    You will fall in love with it (even if you decide on the Canon 😉 ) and all the guilt you are feeling now will be forgotten.

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 8, 2010 @ 9:30 am | Reply

  2. I made a similar decision a few months ago. My old P&S camera wasn’t working well (dust on the sensor, among other things) and it wasn’t worth the expense to fix it.

    I decided on another P&S because of the price. I couldn’t bring myself to spend a large sum of money on a camera (and then have to spend more on lenses). It wasn’t just a matter of spending on me. There were lots of other factors (including my worries about losing an expensive camera or having it stolen; the expensive camera vs. a week in the Rocky Mountains; the camera vs. something else I want/need).

    Although I don’t regret the decision (because I spent several months weighing my options carefully), there are times (and yesterday was one of those times) when the limitations of the P&S drive me crazy. It would have been nice to have that expensive piece of equipment with a good lens, something that could handle the distance and lighting conditions, when I was out and about yesterday.

    I say go for it if that’s what you really want. As the previous commenter mentioned, the guilt will go away once you have your new camera in hand. And if you decide not to get it, that can be a positive too. It gives you more time to learn and hone your art/craft. As several really good photographers have told me, it’s not the camera, it’s the eye. 🙂

    Comment by Robin — July 8, 2010 @ 9:47 am | Reply

  3. The first thing I thought of while reading this was, the camera ISN’T just something for you. It truly is for the entire family since you photograph EVERYTHING. I think you deserve this. The models you are looking at aren’t excessively priced and, knowing you, this is something you will learn and use every single day.

    My advice? Tell your conscience to take a hike and go get the camera! 🙂

    Comment by milkayphoto — July 8, 2010 @ 10:21 am | Reply

  4. I’m of no help. If I didn’t have those same exact thoughts we would have purchased a new camera ages ago! LOL

    Comment by Renae — July 8, 2010 @ 1:30 pm | Reply

  5. I bought a DSLR in January and still have guilt about spending that much money on something when we could have put that money to other uses that are more practical. However, I bought it to record our daughter’s life as she grows up and I figured you just couldn’t put a price on those memories. I know how you feel though. The camera was also my reward for working on a really difficult consulting project, so I feel that at least I worked for it.

    Either way, it is a huge purchase, so take your time. When the time is right, you’ll buy one. My other advice would be to see which camera feels better in your hands and go with that one. Most of my friends have the Canon but I didn’t like the feel of it, and the Nikon fit perfectly in my hands and just felt better, so I went with that one. I love it and am very pleased with it. I got mine at Costco. Not sure if you or anyone you know has a membership, but Costco has great deals on DSLRs.

    Keep us posted on your decision!

    Comment by Andrea — July 8, 2010 @ 2:37 pm | Reply

  6. Thanks for chiming in everyone. I think I can justify my actual purchasing of the camera to myself because ultimately my intended plan shouldn’t take anything away from family plans. It is something I’ve been wanting for a long time, and hubby is definitely on board. I’m really still having difficulty choosing; both feel very similar to me. They both have features that lure me in their direction. What’s a girl to do?

    Comment by Karma — July 8, 2010 @ 3:16 pm | Reply

  7. LOL… Been there and done that… although in my case it’s usually someone else making me feel guilty about spending money on camera gear etc… grrrrrrrr…. So I’d have to say if your husband is cool with the purchase, then definitely go for it, as everyone deserves a treat every now and then… and it’s quite clearly not a short term fad, so you will most definitely get some valuable use from it… You’ll love your new Canon…. lol… 😉

    Comment by FS Photography — July 8, 2010 @ 3:59 pm | Reply

  8. FS meant Nikon, spell check just didn’t catch that 😉

    Well, I guess if they both feel similar, and you just cannot decide, you’ll have to flip a coin… and then hurry over to the B&H website and order your new baby! (B&H always has the best prices!)
    I’m sooo excited for you and cannot wait to see the first pictures you take with it!

    Comment by thedailyclick — July 8, 2010 @ 7:09 pm | Reply

    • Lol… I never meant anything of the sort… My computer shuts down if ever I type those sorts of cuss words… 😉

      Comment by FS Photography — July 9, 2010 @ 2:07 am | Reply

  9. You know, to be honest, you can’t go wrong either way. Go with what feels best in your hands. The Canon didn’t feel as easy to use to me. The Nikon felt better to me, the buttons felt like they were in the right place, the camera felt more sturdy, etc. Think about it, test them out several times and wait for a good deal before you buy once you decide on one. I do love my Nikon though ;). If we lived closer, I’d let you try mine to see if you like it.

    I tested them out at least 10 times before I decided on one, and then I just waited for a good deal to come around.

    Comment by Andrea — July 8, 2010 @ 8:42 pm | Reply

  10. In reading your blog and comments these last few months, I believe you have definitely maxed out your P&S camera and it is time to move on to something more challenging and rewarding. Which ever one you decide to (*cough* Nikon *cough*) get. 🙂

    Comment by Scott Thomas Photography — July 8, 2010 @ 8:58 pm | Reply

  11. @thedailyclick
    … and then hurry over to the B&H website and order your new baby! (B&H always has the best prices!)

    Thank you. This is very gratifying.

    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video

    Comment by Henry Posner — July 9, 2010 @ 11:36 am | Reply

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