Some of you may remember the prioritized wishlist I put together back in September. It was a mishmash of campaign reward materials, tech equipment, plane tickets to symbolize my move to the UK, and a coat. I actually almost got the exact one in that wishlist, but then I found myself waffling over the high international postage and whether it would be warm enough and I dropped it in favor of one that was really more expensive but also exactly what I’d been wanting.
Other than that, that prioritized wishlist is still what I’m working with, since I’m nowhere near done acquiring materials (Spoonflower fabric) for all of my contributors’ rewards. I’m starting with the small things — my order for that shipped yesterday, finally — and building my way up.
I’ve also accidentally added another two months of wait before I get any of the things in that list regardless of whether I can afford them, because hey, I’m moving, and tech is bulky and heavy and piles up. The printer is easiest to ignore because I can mostly outsource that bit of my business, but the lack of photography equipment and a convenient sewing machine makes itself known on a regular enough basis that I still find myself looking up Manfrotto tripods on eBay and remotes on Amazon, browsing storage solutions for fabric and ironing mats, and asking my photo lab how much the tripods they carry cost. (27€ and 36€ respectively.) My mom is really not very cooperative in her role of tripod + remote. Plus, now her arm is messed up.
Anyway, I find Amazon and eBay far too crowded, and shopping personally at local stores makes me uncomfortable and doesn’t provide me with a very large selection, so when I got in touch with a PR person and they told me they represented a photography retailer, I was like, ooh, research! I, uh, had never thought to look for an online photography-specific retailer before. It’s super convenient.
I saw inexpensive remotes on Amazon, but none of them had a brand name on it and that freaked me out. This looks safer just by virtue of having the word Canon on it — though it’s incompatible with my Canon, an old 450D. This remote switch (RS60E3) is still inexpensive and shows as compatible with my 450D, so I’m keeping it in mind for whenever I decide to bite the bullet and get that remote.
I’m also frankly kind of relieved to see the £539 remote controllers are meant for higher end professional DSLRs — and at the same time I’m jealous because I want one. Mine has a whole three digits. How sad.
To be honest, I mostly want to upgrade to another 3-digit EOS, the 600D (or the 700D), which you can film video on. I do realize I could get a Canon Camcorder for less, and to be completely honest I’m pretty happy with my 450D and I’m fairly certain I’m a good way away from having exploited or even being aware of its full potential. But the battery lid is fucked and my lens only autofocuses one way, which is a pain and a half and I’m afraid might mess with any remote I get, and the thought of buying a replacement default lens seems so silly I might as well get the 600D which records video. (The video thing is really important to me, as you can see.) And then maybe I can get a 50 mm lens. I really want a 50 mm lens for portraiture. I hear they’re good for that, and they’re pretty inexpensive! Park Cameras has it up for £83. That’s a justifiable expense.
As far as tripods, most people I’ve heard recommend any have praised the Manfrotto brand ones… which are of course expensive as balls. This is honestly the one thing I am very seriously considering getting second-hand off of eBay. (I can be paranoid about actual tech.) But then I also kind of want to get it in person, because I want to know it feels solid and I want to get an idea of size as I stand next to it. I want to be able to prop it on the floor and take full body pictures, is all. This Sony one looks okay and not as expensive but I really don’t know tripod brands at all. I only heard of Manfrotto last summer. It still sounds very strange to me. So it’s probably a good thing I’m putting off buying anything.
Thoughts? Info? Educate me, please.
* This post is a PR collaboration but all thoughts are quite evidently my own.