Firda’s Camera Fund


About two weeks ago, Troy and I opened a new bank/saving account just for the purpose of saving up for a digital SLR camera. The guy who was opening the account for us was a bald guy who kind of reminded me of Howie Mandel. Apparently he hadn’t met too many married couples where the wife keeps her maiden name because he didn’t know whether to put a Mrs. or a Ms. in front of my name. Troy wanted the Mrs. I wanted the Ms. I won. Yay. Later I asked Troy if I was the only one expecting the guy to say “Deal, or no deal?” when our account was ready. Turns out I was the only one.

So far, we’ve only got about one-sixth of the money we need to buy the camera in our account. Kind of sad, if you ask me. I wish I made thousands of dollars a day with my Google AdSense. Then we wouldn’t have to wait six months to buy the camera. Alas, no such luck. But that’s where all my Google cheques are going from now on. Towards the camera. Donations are always welcome, by the way. Hehe. I know, I’m shameless.

In case you’re wondering, we’ve decided that we’re going to buy the Canon Digital Rebel XTi instead of the seemingly superior Pentax K10D because we now have more Canon EF lenses than Pentax lenses in our posession. We picked up three Canon EF lenses and a non-functioning Canon EOS 650 (plus filters, a Canon Speedlite flash and other accessories) from a thrift store a couple of weeks back for a good price. We only bought the whole thing for the lenses, really. We got a normal lens, a 50mm lens that I know I’m going to use a lot, and a tele lens that Troy loves, in addition to another normal lens that comes with our Canon Rebel XS (a 35mm film camera) that we got from a garage sale. We don’t have much money to spend on photo equipments so thrift stores and garage sales are the way to go. So far, we haven’t been disappointed.

Wish us luck in our endeavour! πŸ™‚

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  1. Person 1: Ya! Donations would be fantastic πŸ™‚
    Person 2: Yeah that’s a great idea! Let’s all donate.
    Person 3: It really is going to a good cause.
    Throng of People: Yeah!! Donate! Donate! πŸ™‚

  2. I’m considering the Pentax K10D or K100D. I like having an image stabilizer. It’s saved many a shot with my other cameras.
    I’ll probably still shoot most of my photos with my little Canon SD 700 IS because I always have it with me.
    You also have incredible luck at buying stuff from garage sales and thrift shops.

  3. Harris: Well when you go to as many thrift stores as Firda and I do you get lucky sometimes. Actually the 35mm Rebel XT we bought at a garage sale was “broken”, or at least the people selling it thought it was broken. A couple of months after buying it (and realizing that “servicing” the camera would cost more than the camera was worth) I was playing around with the shutter (which was the only thing screwed up) and some how realigned the little pieces of shutter metal and fixed it.
    I’m planning on fiddling around with the Rebel EOS to see if I can do the same thing, though in this case the shutter works, it’s just sticky. I doubt I will be able to do anything for it.

  4. Good luck Firda! I just recently purchased one myself after 2 years worth of saving up, you’ll get there. Plus it’s a good thing you have the accessories, I’m starting to save up for the accessories now but I think it’ll take a while.

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