I’ve had this little hunny (AKA my Olympus PEN) for a few weeks now, but I haven’t had chance to dedicate a whole post to her. Until now that is. She wasn’t easy to get hold of, and that’s an understatement! After going back and forth with a very well known camera retailer for nearly a week I almost gave up on her. But in the end I didn’t, and boy am I glad?!
I had a fair few doubts about her before I took the plunge and handed over my hard earned cash. I’ve never been into photography. I enjoy it, but I’m not great at it. Plus I’ve never had a decent camera before. I’ve had your typical digital camera but never anything like this! I just couldn’t be bothered learning how to use anything more complicated than your standard point and shoot.
So, being the paranoid Polly that I am, I made sure that I saw one in the flesh before I bought my own. Remember that well known camera retailer I mentioned earlier? Well I went there. The man who helped me out was called Martin and he was lovely! He showed me the camera, the accessories and let me have a little play with it. I was sold, but not quite. Paranoid Polly remember?
The camera was nearly £400, and that’s before I ventured into the world of memory cards, spare batteries and protective cases! To be honest, I’ve never spent that much money on anything in my life so I felt like I needed to mull it over for a while longer.
The next day I was feeling kinda sassy and I thought heck, why not?! and just went for it. I ordered the camera, two cases (I’m not greedy, I just didn’t know which one would be the best fit) and a memory card. I was feeling kinda excited but also kinda sick at the thought of how much money it all cost. But hey, it’s an investment! That’s what I’ll tell myself anyway.
I had a sneaky suspicion that something would go wrong and I was right, as usual. Basically, they needed me to confirm my details for some reason so my order wasn’t processed and then my camera went out of stock. They then tried to arrange for my camera to be dispatched from a store. But that got delayed and then it went out of stock literally everywhere.
Now I’m one of those people who cannot stand bad customer service. If I have one bad experience with a company then I’ll probably never consider them again. Why would I when there’s probably ten other companies offering the same product with better service?
I was ringing customer services everyday because no one at their end was getting in touch with me. So, in the end, I just cancelled my order altogether and ordered my boo from Olympus directly.
Within three days my one true love was in my hands and I couldn’t wait to test her out. Luckily she was delivered on a Friday so I had all weekend to practise with her. At first I was literally clueless but it didn’t take me long to get to know her.
I took her along to the #EastMidsMeetUp with me and, not gonna lie, she made the whole day so easy. She came with a neck strap so I could just hang her round my neck and forget about her. I didn’t have to dig around in the bottom of my bag looking for her. Whenever I wanted to grab a shot, she was there ready and waiting for me.
I realise this post makes it seem like I’m totally in love with my camera but I’ll admit that maybe, just maybe, I am.
My photography might not have improved loads since I started blogging. It’s definitely improved a bit, but not loads. But that’s okay because now I have a decent camera to up my photography game and learn more about it. I can’t wait to get started!
Let me know in the comments what you think of my new boo. Also if you have any top photography tips then please share the knowledge. I need all the help I can get!