I spent the last month or two convincing myself (and my husband) that it was time for me to upgrade cameras after hearing about the release of the new Nikon D810, because:
1. I've had my current camera (a Nikon D700) for over five years now, but the technology in it is more than six years old. (Lenses last forever, but camera bodies become obsolete and outdated as newer technology is developed.)
2. The estimated shutter life on my Nikon D700 is 150,000 clicks of the shutter button, but I'm already over 186,000, which has had me worrying that it may just give up the ghost on me in the middle of shooting something important.
3. If you've read Making the Shot 3, you've seen lots of photos of my old camera, and though she's a lovely girl, she's in rough shape.
So yesterday, I finally hit the 'purchase' button on the new, D810.
And when I woke up this morning, I had full intentions of editing Day Two of our trip to Vashon Island so I could get them posted here on my blog, but then I noticed an email from Adorama saying that the Nikon D810 I had ordered from them was on backorder and no mention was made of when they'd have more in stock.
So that sent me searching online for other reputable sites that had the D810 in stock.
They were on back-order at Amazon, they were on pre-order at B&H, etc., etc.
And then, after reading on Nikon Rumors that Best Buy had them in stock, I started thinking about how exciting it would be to get one in my hands today if my local Best Buy had them in stock instead of waiting 3-10 days for one to ship from an online source.
And once I got through all of the pre-recording voice promtings after calling Best Buy and the representative told me that the closest Best Buy with a D810 in stock was 160 miles away, I promptly told her that I was willing to drive and whipped out my debit card to pre-pay for it.
And then I woke up Cole and Yans (Courtney is at her mom's) while hollering, "Road Trip!" and calculating in my head whether I could make it back home for a 3:00 appointment I had later in the day.
And every 15 minutes or so while we were driving, I'd holler in the craziest voice possible, "Mama's getting a new camera!" and then Annie and Cole would holler back in unison, "Mama's getting a new camera!"
And then, Mama got a new camera...
The battery is charging as I type.
Will let you all know what I think after I get in some shooting with it.