January 12, 2009

Merry Christmas to me!

Decision made.

Saturday morning I strolled into the local camera shop and asked to see the Panasonic LX3. I even used some mad bargaining skills (I guess the Dave Ramsey class paid off!). I loved what I saw of the camera. It's truly a photographer's point and shoot. Small, light, f2.0 lens. I thought I'd miss not having an articulating LCD screen, but the one on the camera is so bright and clear that I can see enough to frame the shot, even when I'm holding it below my waist or above my head. If I had a big SLR, I'd use it for 'official' photo shoots, but I think, would feel too self-conscious to have it with me in my friend's car,

on the street,

or in church,

or in a restaurant.

I told the guy at the store, "I know that I can get this camera for $409 on Amazon with no shipping cost. I'd rather the money go to a local store, is there anything you can do for me?"

He went and typed on the computer for a minute and came back, "Well, the only black model we have in stock has been opened. So, based on that, I can give it to you for $450."

I looked at him, "Could you do $425?" He went away, typed a bit more and then nodded, "Yes. We can do that." Of course, with tax, it's more like $460 which is an ouch (well, all of it is an ouch...).

It's been 24 hours and I've already taken 243 pictures! Most of them bad, but a few I'm happy about.

When I brought it home and inflicted my ravings on Jrex, he smiled, then hugged me and said, "Merry Christmas."

Indeed! And to all a good night.


Rachel said...

Great shots! I thought it was an SLR.

The street scene made me so homesick for SF. Where did you take it?

OTRgirl said...

Walking up to the Lower Haight, don't know the actual intersection.

Mama Nabi said...

These are wonderful photos - you have a great eye! And it's not an SLR??

Next time I shop, I'll be taking you to bargain for me! Congrats on your new "toy"!

OTR sister said...

It's nice to remember every now and then WHY it is we save money. Congrats!

Anonymous said...

I'm glad for you.