What mother doesn't dream of owning a camera that not only captures the amazing faces of her beautiful children but also does the dishes? I think every single one of us has drooled over the cameras on Amazon, traded stories of Kodak Moments and gnashed our teeth when a perfectly beautiful expression was ruined because the picture looked grainy or blurry or the battery died.
For years, I used our middle-of-the road point-and-shoot camera, figuring that if I took enough pictures a few would turn out good. I never wanted to invest money in a nicer camera because I didn't think my eyesight was good enough to learn to actually do photography the "professional" way. My sister lent me her nicer camera and I found my photography improving somewhat, but I still didn't think I should bother with a good camera.
More recently, I have been reading blogs like the Blind Photographers and realizing that with advancements in auto-focus and image stabilization, I could probably take some pretty decent pictures. And having kids around provides for an endless array of interesting subjects if you have a quick trigger finger and a camera sitting out handy.
I saved my "fun money" for nearly a year until I had enough amassed to get a good camera. On a trip to faraway Costco, I got one, brought it home and discovered it did not have some of the features I needed to be successful, particularly live preview. So back to Costco it went. Now my piggy bank is full again and I have yet to get a camera. I guess I'm a little nervous.
I need to get on it soon as my sister wants her own camera back and I am not sure I can go back to my little Sony. But I'm not sure what to get and I'm scared to drop that kind of money on something just for myself. Hmmm.....