September 23, 2008
Oh, dear. It has happened. Canon has released a successor to the 5D and it is everything I have ever wanted in a digital SLR. Full-frame. Good ISO range. 21+MP (although resolution has never been my focus). Full HD video at 1920 x 1080. It’s not much to look at–in fact, I’ll probably have to put a sticker on it so I don’t confuse it with my Canon A2 (film) body that I bought in 1997–but it packs a wallop in specs.
This is a problem. It’s going to retail for nearly $3000.
In no way do I have anything resembling three thousand dollars to my name. My personal savings probably add up to about $1000. It’s not that we’re not saving (for retirement, etc.) as a household, but I have not been saving. The reasons abound: Started a small company a year ago, joint Pencilhaven things are more important, we’re still adjusting to the shock of Pencilhaven’s mortgage payments, our natural gas bill is about to double.
So I find that I am actually looking around my house for shit I can sell. It has come to that. But I don’t keep things I don’t want, so, short of selling the grand piano in the living room (which, besides being a travesty and shattering my moral compass, would kind of read like a metaphor from a bad novel), I am hopeless in this regard.
Many of you know that I came back from grad school in 2001 $45,000 in credit card debt. The early ’00s sucked rocks as I siphoned most of my livelihood and sent it to the various credit companies. After I paid my last payment in 2005, I swore that I would never be in credit card debt again. So that is not a viable option.
Any advice on how to kick together some cash before this thing hits the market in November? Stuff I can sell? Services I can provide? I already work a lot so I hope someone can send me an effortless get-rich-quick scheme. If I sound a tad desperate, I kind of am.
In case you’re not won over by the camera yet, watch this video. If that doesn’t do it for you, you have a heart of glass, mister.
I’ve let my photography hobby stagnate for far too long due to my effeteness with gear. I have to do something.