New Camera and other stuff

April 19, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

The last 5 days have been filled with ups and downs and sadly I have not picked up my camera since Saturday.    This past weekend my wife and I attended the wedding of her best friend and when we got back to our in-laws we recieved the news that my father in laws mother had a stroke and sadly she passed on Monday morning.  Thursday Marcus’s 6 year old daughter had to be admitted to the hospital for a minor operation so it has been a trying week for all.  On a positive note Marcus and I both celebrated our birthdays which were in the first and second weeks of April.    I wonder if it is because we are both the same age and only a few days a part why we get along so well together.   I guess being 10 days older than him explains the reason why I am that much wiser.  :-) :-)

 
On a completely different note yesterday I finally broke down and decided to upgrade my T3i for the 7D .  I have been looking to upgrade my camera to the 7D or the Mark II  and I went to Canon’s website and noticed the price for a used one was literally $400 less than it costs brand new.  I called the customer service line around 8am and was trying to get some general information when they told me that since I was a loyal customer I also qualified for a 15% discount.  I could not resist the offer because I would literally be saving almost $600.  I also asked about the condition of the camera and the customer service rep claimed that most of their refurbished camera’s have less than  1000 shutter clicks.   I also only had to pay an additional $8 for them to overnight the camera so hopefully I will receive it today.  Around noon yesterday I received an email with a  coupon from Canon for 20% off of my next purchase and I made a mistake and went back to the Canon site to look at accessories for the 7D.  Well I ended up looking at external flash units and I ended up using my coupon and getting the 430exII for less than $200 and that would also be shipped over night at no cost to me.   I am calling this a Bday present to myself and I realize that I will not be able to purchase any thing else for the rest of this year and probably next year too :-) but the prices were just too good to resist.   If anyone is interested in buying Canon equipment I highly suggest you check out their site first because not only will you probably end up getting a good deal but you are buying from the manufacturer and all of their refurbished cameras come with a 90 day warranty.  I believe the  Mark II is listed for $1729 but with the customer loyalty program I got a quote of $1419.  In my opinion that price is a steal but you almost have to check the site hourly to see if they have one in because I was advised that they sell within hours of the item being listed.

 

Since I have not had a chance to shoot recently I had to go back and pull out some photos that were taken of my beautiful niece over Easter weekend.  This weekend Pirates are invading Fells Point so Marcus and I are hoping to get down there for a few hours to take photos of swashbuckling pirates and hopefully we sill spot Anne Bonny and Mary Read.



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