At the border, entering the "country" of Transnistria. Photo taken December 8, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Tiraspol, Transnistria...the country that doesn't exist.

Where are they going next? Northern Moldova. Arrive December 11th.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Yet another new camera!

Well I hope we finally have our camera problems solved. We're going to have a LOT of photos to show you over the next few months with our upcoming travel to Nova Scotia, and New York City, and then of course Southern Africa!

Stopped by Future Shop yesterday on my way in to spend some time with our son. I brought the damaged Nikon P-520 camera with me as well as the receipt from when I bought it three months ago.

I had paid $319.95 plus 10% Saskatchewan sales tax. I knew then that this was a great deal and unlikely to be matched. Of course that's why I bought it at the time.

But needing another one right away doesn't give us the benefit of waiting for the right deal. This week, they have the camera on sale for $349.95, a $50 savings from their regular price. I showed the girl my receipt and explained the story of the camera bought only a short time ago. She took the story over to her boss, and he said they would do the deal for $329.95. Not bad, and I accepted. But I also had to pay the 13% Ontario sales tax rate, so the total cost was $373.74, compared to the $352.41 I had paid for the first one.

So, we're out of pocket $21.33 because the Amex insurance is only paying us back the $352.41. Not a bad price to pay for my stupidity in dropping the camera in the first place! Plus, we now have a spare battery which would have cost at least that much anyhow.

This is our fourth new camera in less than a year and a half! The original little Olympus went bad within the one year warranty period, and they sent us a second one for free. Then I bought the Nikon and dropped it. Now have the new Nikon. So, we are going to Africa with two cameras...let's hope our camera luck has changed for the better!

Planning our time for the next few days. We're headed into downtown Ottawa (Canada's capital city!) tomorrow and we're going to play tourist. Ottawa is a beautiful city, and we're looking forward to taking some pics and showing you the sights.

Ottawa skyline.

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  1. I agree, Ottawa is one of the most beautiful cities I've ever been to. Looking forward to your 'tourist' photos.

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    1. Yes, it is indeed a beautiful city and we love walking around the downtown area anytime we get a chance to.

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  2. Not a bad deal for your replacement camera, don't drop this one!

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    1. We are really happy to have a replacement camera after our stupid mistake. Guaranteed we will be even more careful with this one.

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  3. Hi Kevin:
    I've continually had to remind myself to just put the darn camera strap around me neck - for safety. I also think it's going to be great for each of you to have a camera in hand for the upcoming adventures and photo ops.
    I am really looking forward to your travelog of eastern Canada as I'm planning that for 2014 and definitely will keep your blogs in mind. You and Ruth are so good at discovering really interesting things to see and do. I like museums, but I love lots of other discoveries in new places! I'm personally finding that the more travel I do on the ground, so to speak, the better I enjoy the adventures and cultures. Even going from state to state in the US is turning into such a wonderful experience for me. Can't wait to read your posts. m

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    1. The camera dropped because Kevin hadn't zipped up the camera bag properly after putting it away. When it's not in the camera bag it is hanging around his neck.

      If you are wanting to have really good coverage of Nova Scotia look back in our blog to April 2011 through to the beginning of July 2011. We spent 3 months there and saw much of the province.

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  4. Don't do what I did somewhere in the desert of Anza Borrego.....I lost mine. It was full of photos that cannot be replaced. You would be in the same boat.

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    1. No we certainly don't want to to do that! That is our worst fear, losing all our photos or even just part of them, so sorry that you lost yours. Guess now you will just have to go back to that area and take some new photos.

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  5. I think I have camera envy, but that malady seems to crop up from time to time.
    I'm sure you'll have better luck with this incarnation.

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  6. As Mary-Pat said, Use the strap! :-) Have fun with your son...

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    1. We do use the strap but on this particular experience Kevin and placed the camera back in the camera case but hadn't zipped it up properly and when he turned to have his picture taken the bag turned upside down and the camera fell out. The camera bag will be zipped up properly in the future even if it is only for a minute or two.

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  7. SO glad you've got a new camera, and a spare. :)

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    1. Yep, we now have a new camera with an extra battery and a small point and shoot camera which takes amazing night time photos. We should be all set now.

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  8. Howdy R&K,
    Did you keep the 'broken' one, Ruth?? Kevin said they didn't want it, but maybe the store kept it !! If NOT the YOU have a GREAT CAMERA, that just doesn't do EVERYTHING, anymore... Y'all's pics of Ottawa are magnificent and Ottawa is a beautiful city, but NOT FOR ME; I'm a country-boy and cities freak me out with TOOOO MANY PEOPLE and TRAFFIC; I'm VERY claustrophobic !!!
    Thanx, for the tour, though... Hope y'all have A HAPPY DAY !!!!!!!

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    1. Yes, we still have the broken one but it wouldn't work anymore. We are able to use the battery from it though, so now we will be going to Africa with the new camera and an extra battery for it, plus our little point and shoot camera.

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