For some years I have been saving money to purchase a Digital Single Lens Reflex camera. I have a Canon Rebel which I purchased in 1993 but have not used since we got small digital cameras in 2000. All of a sudden there was an opportunity to purchase just the camera I thought I wanted.
Because I do a lot of genealogical research for our family, and for others, I wanted a camera that had a twist and tilt LCD screen. With this feature I could install the camera on my very old but VERY sturdy Bogen 3221 tripod.
With the camera steady, I would be able to photograph documents without blurring them. With the twist and tilt screen I could check to see if the document was in the correct position. With a remote shutter cable added to the mix, there would be no chance of unclear photographs.
The wonderful Bogen professional tripod is really fabulous. I purchased it when I was going to study abroad in Toulouse, France in 1993. When it came to packing, the tripod was too heavy for me, a mature lady, to carry in my luggage, so it stayed home. Over the years I loaned it out to multiple people who wanted a great tripod without buying one of their own.
Loaning out the tripod was perfectly fine but with an exception….I loaned it out one too many times! The last time I loaned it out the equipment came home without the quick release plate (QRP) for the head of the tripod, a critically important part of the head. I did not notice it until our son was in need of a tripod a couple of years ago. He purchased a replacement QRP which turned out not to fit perfectly so he purchased his own tripod…probably a good idea since he was going to take lots of pictures and really needed his own equipment.
In the days moving towards Thanksgiving this year, Best Buy had a sale on cameras, and had the Canon Rebel EOS 5Ti, which was what I wanted. Miraculously I found a discount coupon which was added to their sale price. Nice.
Now for the quick release plate! I searched the internet for camera shops but found the closest one (Hunt’s Photo and Video) was far far away from our home. When I called the store, Eric assured me that they had the exact quick release plate I needed which they were willing to send me in the mail. Two days later it arrived! I am much impressed with Eric and Hunt’s Photo and Video to say the least. They will have my business in the future.
Now I need to call them about remote shutter cables!