Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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CAMERAS for Christmas... .MY TWO CENTS.... what to buy, what not to buy and why......




I am asked a lot about what camera to buy, what not to buy and what is a "good camera" suggestion or best deal.     There is no true answer to that question,  it depends on a lot of factors. I am not making a commission or trying to increase holiday sales, so I can answer some things honestly for you while most people are making money making a sale.....I am going to try to answer and clear somethings / myths / ideas up.  Remember this is only my humble opinion and I am giving it not because I know it all because believe me I do not and don't claim to, but because I am asked.

I was a film person and worked with large format film, darkroom, studio's , labs and then 35mm person in my day and I had to relearn a lot of things (and still am learning daily) when it came  / comes to digital and the world of "software."  I worked with many filters and shutter releases, film and other tools ...

SO READ THIS FIRST   "You have a nice camera! , Do you need to Spend A lot of Money to get good photos"



AFTER you read the above link which explains most of what I want to say then come back here and finish reading this post.


Do you want something you don't have to adjust the settings everytime the lighting changes....shade to sun to inside to outside to facing the sun to facing opposite the sun etc.... not to mention a child walking to running to standing still?  .....

Are you willing to invest a year to two years of learning the fundamentals of a camera/its parts/how they work / softwear etc ?

Do you want to have up to 50x the normal eyesight or do you want to take "what you see is what you get" type photos.?  

Do you want to take "fast action" shots?

What price range are you looking in for EVERYTHING you will need to take a great photo, including battery, memory cards, flash, tripod, lenses, lense filters, covers, bag etc?

Do you want to have a piece of equipment that you can replace easily with the changes in technology or do you want to be able to go buy the latest and greatest?

Are you wanting to take snapshots or portraits or fine art?


Do you want to be able to grab the market for the "future" and get a jump on the millions of now pro photographers in the wold?   or do you only care about your own personal journey right now and the future is not in a career?

that is a lot of factors to consider when buying a camera but a camera is an investment for people like me.  Just the the "computer itself" we have a couple of generations of people that are operating computers that really just know how to turn it on and jump on the internet and use it for no other reason.....its the same thing.....do you want it for "getting on the internet" or are you using it to "run a business, books, marketing, graphic design"  there is a big difference between the personal needs of each individual and what they are asking a camera to do.  Just because a computer or a camera if you will "looks fancy on the outside" doesn't mean it can produce results unless the operator knows how to achieve them correctly with consistent results.

There is a way to learn FRUGALLY and then there is a FAST TRACK to the learning curves in the process..... but the answer is not "just buy a nice camera"

OPTIONS TODAY FOR THE FUTURE INCLUDE:  Mirrorless SLRS , Full Format,  Digital Video Stills, 3D imaging...... I know nothing about these items that are the future, if you are young and want to go into the business, learn those things...take that path....my stuff...will worth what the film cameras are worth.... to most.....

Personally,  I still have a lot of film cameras and even want to make a pin hole to play with...but that go pro..... wow.....look what it can do!  There are also kits to convert your phone with lenses and filters and all kinds of accessories but first you have to learn to use your settings in your telephone to adjust for lighting / movement / white balance / zoom etc..... they are in there..... check them out and use them...see how you like having to adjust all of those buttons and work from there up...as you learn one step the next will be easier! :)

NOW with all of that said , jump over here and read about why I do what I do.....
its not to make money ....really....

my next question was ....what is the best camera to buy for $500 or less for mostly macro and wilderness photography and maybe some landscapes/waterscapes......


here is my answer for those that want a NO LEARNING CURVE DO IT ALL CAMERA
with GREAT SPECS ......




IF YOU ARE WILLING TO INVEST the money for lenses and other necessary items and about a year or two of time to learning the camera and the software here is what I suggest for a BODY ONLY UNDER $500 Camera   (best that $500 can buy in my mind)




this one ALREADY comes with a lens but a little tiny step below the one above it





OR  buy a GREAT USED CAMERA SLR ......and learn it before investing so you know what is and what isn't what you REALLY WANT TO DO at a fraction of the cost and buy a few books / turn on youtube and get started .....



ADVENTURER!!!  START LEARNING THE WAVE OF THE FUTURE..... you can but don't have to have many accessories





2009 & 2010 posts on how to shop for cyber monday...... most still relevant!

http://anjiesworld.blogspot.com/2009/11/how-to-shop-for-cyber-monday.html


IF YOU FIND ERRORS I APOLOGIZE TRYING TO SHARE SOME GOOD TIPS !!!








#1 MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE !!!!! I am talking about WHO to buy for not WHERE to buy, as almost EVERY ONLINE RETAIL SHOP will be having sales and promotions
sit down in your PJS and grab a cup of coffee and GET READY TO SAVE BIG TIME!
I have done EXTENSIVE research on the cybermonday sites / sales etc and have found that
our FLBYU shopping TECHNIQUES in the past are STILL THE BEST WAY TO SHOP so here is how we do it.............
photocredit: highposition.net



MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING A CREDIT CARD THAT REWARDS YOU FOR SHOPPING WHENEVER POSSIBLE

THIS DISCOVER CARD will reward you with $50 CASH BACK if you purchase $599 in 3 months **********HINT: pay your bills whenever possible with this card to easily reach your $599 and write a check instantly to cover so you have no finance charges 0% apr and 0% annual fee to start!


AMAZON SUPER STORE / SUPER CENTER LINK for CYBER MONDAY
IS HERE

***they also have a credit card and if approved you get $30 credit to your bill
search for "credit card" and choose AMAZON REWARDS I get GC from them EVERY MONTH or SO for my spending on this card! you can too!

REGISTER YOUR CASH BACK CREDIT CARDS HERE
this site is a CASH BACK / INCENTIVE to save for COLLEGE or OTHER SAVINGS ACCOUNT
I have my CVS card and a few of my CREDIT CARDS registered and when I use them I automatically acrue a small percentage back to RECOUP later. I do NOT suggest doing your shopping thru this site but instead just registering your cards for usage later........... I have other cash back sites listed below......... that I do recommend.


I also use AMERICAN EXPRESS, BASS PRO SHOPS & BARNES AND NOBLE to make my purchases and EARN GC that I use as gifts!
B&N (front page when clicking thru TOP RIGHT small pic , get $25 GC for successful sign up) BPS has $50 after first purchase, I have successfullly gotten BOTH of these GIFT CARDS for THIS CHRISTMAS!




CYBER MONDAY SITES there are several "sites" dedicated to cyber monday. I don't really find them helpful as most of them are just LISTS of sites you can shop thru. I offer an extensive listing of sites to shop thru that are reputable and established HERE but here are some strategies to help you save even more.






SIGN UP FOR THE FOLLOWING CASH BACK / POINTS PROGRAMS
tonight or today there are FIRST TIME USER BUCKS for the FIRST 3 PROGRAMS
if you are a "newbie" DO NOT DOWNLOAD anything from any of these sites as the programs will try to override each other and may cause you to NOT collect from any of them in the long run. YOU MAY BE OFFERED POINTS OR CREDITS TO DO THIS REFRAIN FROM THE TEMPTATION. :)

photocredit: condodomain.com

#1 MR REBATE
#2 CASHBAQ
#3 EBATES
#4 BING
#5 MYPOINTS ***THIS IS NOT A CASH BACK BUT A POINTS FOR SHOPPING PROGRAM that you can cash in points for GIFT CERTIFICATES / GIFT CARDS to use later
#6 SWAGBUCKS ***THIS IS NOT A CASH BACK BUT A POINTS FOR SHOPPING PROGRAM that you can cash in points for GIFT CERTIFICATES / GIFT CARDS to use later

When you want to shop at a certain store tomorrow open all of these site windows on a different TAB and compare cash back / point rates **********BE CAREFUL USING CODES IN ADDITION TO THE SITES ABOVE unless the SITE LISTS THE COUPON THEY WILL NOT ALWAYS PAY YOUR CASH BACK when using an UNAUTHORIZED CODE
THE MOST RELIABLE CODES will be listed on the REBATE SITES!

AMAZON SUPER STORE / SUPER CENTER LINK for CYBER MONDAY IS HERE
updated cybermonday (started TONIGHT) and will continue thru tomorrow
they promise to be watching other sites and price matching, free S&H on many item
and some lightning deals, I will be shopping there on and off all day!


ALSO OPEN MY FLBYU SHOPPING PAGE HERE if you do not have time or energy to use the cash back programs , you can always help me by shopping thru the links I have listed, I do get "nickels" when people click thru and shop thru my links

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TRY USING CODES in conjuction with my links
feel free to try, it won't hurt either of us! :) other CODE SITE:
http://www.retailmenot.com/cybermonday/ NOT AS RELIABLE but often has a larger amount of codes ^^^^ ALSO you can GOOGLE for a code
example: GAP+ COUPON+ CODE+2009 you may also get expireds but worth a shot if you found NOTHING thru the sites I have listed


CHECK YOUR EMAIL for private offers from sites you may have purchased from in the past
I had a few of them that ROCKED! one of which you may want to check out NOW for future if you haven't signed up for notifications is MAgAZINE.COM I often get $5 off any purchase from them which makes my purchase almost FREE , AS I SHOP AND FIND THE DEALS I will be posting to this blog
BOOKMARK IT and also sending out GDAS via email and Facebook
so stay tuned and ENJOY cybermonday !



GOOGLE CHECK OUT has some offers to be aware of
GO HERE to sign up AT CHECK OUT if you see logo (shown on left)
then check out thru this venue for ADDITIONAL savings to what I have listed above!
HOME RUN DEAL!
  • Buy.com $5 off $30
  • Tigerdirect $5 off $30
  • Toys'R'Us $10 off $60
  • Sierra Trading Post $5 off $30
  • ShoeBuy.com $5 off $30
  • Petco $5 off $30
  • Ritz Camera $10 off $100
  • Blue Nile $20 off $120

ADD ON TO THE ORIG. POST................
GO HERE
$5 sign up bonus for newbies! get paid when your account reaches $20

I actually signed up with this site in 2001 and am just now realizing that not only is it still around, but it is gaining in popularity and % back




FREE $10 TO SPEND AS YOU LIKE .... some items FREE not even S&H!!!




GO HERE   NEW SIGN UPS THROUGH REFERRAL LINK GET FREE $10 .... you can get all kinds of GREAT FREE THINGS with $10 you would be shocked!  EVEN A GLASS PHOTO PRINT ($9 with free shipping)  OH MY HECK...... IF YOU HAVE AN ACCOUNT REFER YOUR BETTER HALF!  ITS WIN WIN!  

HERE IS THE LINKY DINK ONE MORE TIME


Saturday, November 22, 2014

CONTEST, 50% off CODE , and FREEBIE with 10 referrals!



GO HERE

once you sign up you will be mailed a 50% off code that you only have a WEEK to redeem, they send to you via email and the clock starts counting ....it expires NOVEMBER 30th PERIOD SO HURRY

in addition there is a contest to win some great prizes

AND

a free tie to anyone that has 10 friends use their link to sign up!  

please use my link and help me and help you at the same time!   GOOD LUCK and let me know if you win something cool!