Sunday, August 2, 2015

Camera Conundrum

Grid Meets Plaid--Sunday, 8/2/15

This outfit is so chic--white on white polka dot button up shirt, black skirt, and red accessories.


I decided to do a casual weekend version of this outfit, substituting red plaid and grid prints for her pops of red.  I was pleased to be able to use a white on white button up shirt, though mine is striped instead of polka dot--still, that is a detail of her ensemble I am surprised to be able to match so well.

White on white striped button up shirt (thrifted, Foxcroft), $2.00/wear+
*Black cotton skirt with zip front (thrifted, Target), $5.00/wear+
Red plaid sneakers by Rocket Dog
White/black/red grid print scarf (thrifted), $1.50/wear+

Here is a view of the pantry storage in our dining room.  We've been taking this storage rack through several moves and it always proves its worth.  Kitchens never seem to have enough space (and/or I always have too much stuff, despite not being into cooking AT ALL).  When we first got this shelving unit, it felt a bit weird to me to have all these foods out in the open, but I've adjusted to it.  Now I like the convenience.

In other news...The little camera I used to take this photo (and which I've had since 2006) is definitely reaching the end of its life.  I'm still on the fence about buying a new camera, not sure which way I want to go with it.  I'm not sure it makes any sense to buy another small camera, given that I have a camera on my phone, but I don't know anything about serious cameras with all their lenses and shit, and I am uncertain whether I would use a big honking camera often enough to justify buying one.  Of course, if I got a real camera and a tripod and a remote, I could upgrade to something better than my current mirror selfies for my blog, which would be an improvement. And during our birding/zoo vacation outings lately, I did wish I had a bigger camera with zoom, etc.

One question is whether I want to try to get a new camera before going to see HUNDREDS OF BUNNIES at the state fair at the end of the month.  I don't need a lot (any) zoom capability to take photos of rabbits in cages, but I don't think my little camera is going to work (it wants to be in video mode instead of photo mode and usually takes 30 seconds to a minute to decide to switch to the photo mode even though it's on the photo setting--and this happens every time I turn the camera on and off, and sometimes it randomly switches back and forth while the camera is on), so I am otherwise stuck with my phone camera.  And I have an irrational aversion to being dependent on my phone camera for some reason, and I am afraid (perhaps rationally) that my phone will decide that it needs to be charged while there are still 100 rabbits left to photograph. 

Decisions, decisions.

Any thoughts on cameras?


Rick said...

My first thought is that you should consider the non-DSLR super zooms. The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is very reasonably priced ($248 on Amazon today) and has a 20-1200mm zoom. This will be wide enough for anything while being long enough for decent birding coverage. For your blog you'll probably stay in the 50-120mm range depending on the subject. You can get teleconverters for it so when you go birding you can step all the way up to 2000-ish mm of zoom, but I don't think you'll need it. It'll also record HD video. I'm wondering why I don't have one. :)

Sally said...

Thanks for the suggestion, Rick--I'll check it out!