While at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, I noticed the zoom on my camera was sticking. Then I realized I’d had it 4 years and used it extensively. Time for a new model. So I went online and was quickly overwhelmed by all the choices.
I emailed Z (my go to tech friend) and begged him to find me a couple good options in my price range. I wanted 3 things: decent pics, midweight camera and a finger gripper so I could do one-handed shooting. He sends me links of ultracompact, lightweight, slick cameras that require both hands to shoot. UGH!
I was back at square one and figured screw it. I’ll just stick with my old camera. Then a series of things occurred last Friday and my day went from bad to craptastically unbearable. By the time I got off the subway I was a mess.
I knew if I went home, I’d just cry. So like any smart woman I distracted myself by shopping for a new camera. Without any research. I walked in J&R and talked to the best camera salesman (Victor M. Rodriguez Jr.) for an hour, trying out a dozen models. He listened to what I wanted and what irked me about different models. Staying within my price range, he presented me with my options. He never pressured me to make a decision, understanding that I had to evaluate each model. In the end, I went with a Panasonic Lumix FZ 35.
I got it home and checked the reviews online and it looks like a great model. For once not doing research paid off! But I lucked out in getting an awesome salesperson. I’ve tried it out this week and its super easy to use and very intuitive. I haven’t been this happy with a purchase in a long time.
As a side note, I went to see Clash of the Titans in 3-D. Not worth the money. The story was cool (caveat: I love Greek Mythology). The acting was okay. But the 3-D seemed pretty minimal. Nothing like Alice in Wonderland. I was definitely underwhelmed.