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Where Should I Shop for Cameras and Equipment to Get the Best Deals
Where’s the best place to buy a camera or other photo equipment? With so many options now, how is someone supposed to know where to start?
Obviously when you start shopping you should check out options and prices on the internet. Now be careful when you are looking at a particular product, be it a camera, lens, or other photography equipment, that you know what you are getting. When I bought my Canon 5D Mark II, I found sites that offered Canon 5D Mark II at really low prices, from Asia. They are call “knock off” products for a reason. They tell you they are the same, but the quality is usually lower AND (important point) there is no manufacturer’s warranty from Canon. So lesson number one: Make sure you know what is being sold.
Purchase from a reputable dealer. You CAN get great deals online. I purchased my camera used through Amazon.com. It actually was being sold by a pawn shop out west. It was an amazing deal. Because it was through Amazon, I had their guarantee policy. So as soon as it arrived, I tested the entire camera out and found that there was a row of dead pixels in the sensor. I contacted the seller and told them I would either return the camera, or they could pay for the repair work to be done by Canon. They agreed to pay for the repair work, which was $250 dollars. (Actually they credited the $250 back to me and I paid Canon). BINGO! I had a perfect camera totally repaired and certified by Canon. I only paid $1500 for the camera body including the repair. I already had Canon DSLRs so my lenses transferred to the new camera.
I almost always check Amazon first when looking for camera and accessories because most of the major camera equipment stores sell through them, and may offer better deals through Amazon than on their own websites such as B&H or Adorama. When you look at something on Amazon, see where it is being sold from. If you look up an L-series 24-70mm lens, there are a bunch of used ones being sold from Japan. I’d stick with stateside purchases. Check out some used dealers also. One I trust is KEH.com. Also check in Rangefinder or Professional Photographer magazines for dealers.
Get great deals at trade shows at the national photography conferences. When I attended the WPPI convention a couple years ago, I spent a lot of time at the trade show. I learned a lot and made some great vendor connections I’m still using today. I also found fantastic deals, most which were good for 30-60 days after the convention. This is how I bought my Westcott studio light package. I saved about 50% of the total retail cost. I also purchased template software for albums, photo collages, and marketing materials for a fraction of the normal cost. Beside all the valuable training and classes and interaction with great photographers, I was able to make great purchases, and plan for future purchases. (It was at the Canon booth that I learned that I wanted a 5D Mark II and L-series lenses to regain the quality I lot switching from medium format film to digital. So when I was ready to purchase, I could spend time looking for a great deal.)
The most important thing to remember when making photography equipment purchases is that YOU are the most important piece of equipment that will determine how your images turn out. Save BEFORE and buy when you can pay cash. While you are learning, you don’t have to have the best equipment. Learn to use what you have now to make great images. Then when you can afford to upgrade, you will be that much further ahead.
I don’t need a photograph to show you a scene from my Thanksgiving Day. My biggest problem is instead choosing which to show you. So I shall choose the most traditional.
We were all seated around our dining room table. My husband, David, is at the end of the table, I am to his left. John now 26, who towers over me at about 6 foot 5 inches, is to my left. To his left is Johnathan, who just turned 20 . At the far end of the table is Joshua, now 30, who is close in size to John at about 6 foot 2 or 3. Poor Johnathan is also dwarfed between them at only 5 foot 9 inches. Joel is opposite Johnathan. Noah, his son, our almost 2-year old delightful grandson, is between Joel and his mother, Rachael, our wonderful daughter-in-law. To her left, between she and my husband, is Selah, our adorable 3-year old grand-daughter. The grands were ready to eat and thus were taking their parents hands first off to pray so we all joined hands around the table as Joel gave thanks to God for all the blessings He has given us as a family, for Noah and Selah and our expected little Hannah due in March, for all the joys of being a family together. And of course, as brothers are known to do, as we held hands and prayed, Josh and John gripped Johnathan’s hands as tightly as they could. He made no moves nor any sound while we prayed, but after the prayer ended was exuberant for freedom from the bond of brotherhood. This started our non-traditional tradition of an international meal on Thanksgiving Day. This year we enjoyed Mexican cuisine of tortilla soup, 7-layer bean dip with tortilla chips, green chili enchiladas, and finished off with Mexican wedding cake cookies. Of course the day was filled with playing with the grandest kids on earth, them playing with their uncles, and lots and lots of laughter.
What am I most thankful for this year? Family definitely has to top my list. What tops your list of thanksgiving blessings this year?
Winter has come. Looking out my window today, all I can see is snow covered ground. Not enough to make fun pictures but enough to remind us of the season. Soon we will have inches of snow covering the ground. This time of the year allows photographers a whole world of props to use for romantic pictures with couples. If you are thinking about getting family or couple photos, consider this winter and the fallen snow as a backdrop for your pictures.
Looking out the window today, I am reminded of the stark changes in color we get to enjoy every year here in Michigan. The weather is getting colder and the trees are deciding to bury my yard. But those leave offer us such opportunity for photographs with children and families that this time of year is always a great time for fun family portraits.
With just 2 days till Thanksgiving, I am reminded of all the families and couples we have photographed this year. We always have such good stories to tell from a wedding as we capture the couples story with our cameras. From the nervous brides before a ceremony to the excited couple beginning their first dance, the story is ever different and entirely unique to the couple. We feel thankful to all our clients for allowing us to be the ones to capture those emotional moments and happy occasions.
As we approach Thanksgiving think back upon the most recent wedding you attended. What sticks out as the most romantic moment during the wedding? What is the most memorable moment from the wedding?
Reflections by Rohne is a mother-son team. We understand the dynamics of loving relationships. Our passion is capturing the moments and expressions of your relationships, with the love of your life, your children, your parents, your siblings, your friends, your co-workers, your teammates, and your customers. Together we are able to capture the emotions and details of your story.
Photography is “light writing.” We love to sculpt with light to make you look amazing. Harnessing light and shadows helps to tell your story also. Good lighting can make you look younger, healthier, slimmer, and more dramatic. We harness light to draw attention to your best features, and to create the aura desired, that tells your story.