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! :)


  1. David Collantes
    October 24, 2006

    Wow! You receive checks from Google? I had had Adsense on my site since… forever. Still sit­ting at $46.
    Good luck with the cam­era pur­chase!

  2. Troy
    October 24, 2006

    Per­son 1: Ya! Dona­tions would be fan­tas­tic :)
    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! :)

  3. Harris
    October 25, 2006

    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.

  4. Troy
    October 25, 2006

    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.

  5. feli
    October 29, 2006

    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.

  6. schmee
    November 8, 2006

    i’m let­ting my 350d go on the cheap and i’m in water­loo. drop me a line if you’re inter­est­ed


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