This is a community announcement to all and sundry who know how to take photos - I'm in the market for a new camera and I need some helpful advice and guidance.
Critical to this purchase are a few things to note:
#1: I need something practical that's happy to travel around with me, in bags that share the same space with hair ties, sand, wet ones and Barbie band aids. I will endeavour to keep sand to a minimum as I know it doesn't mix well with state of the art, precision made lenses!
#2: It can't be too pretentious and flashy as I'll never learn how to use it. I don't need lenses that can take shots of Brittany Spears topless on a boat in the Maldives from 8 kilometres away...and let's be perfectly honest, who on earth wants to see that anyway!
#3: Whilst I'm under no illusion that a camera is only as good as the joker holding it, I'd like one versatile enough to take landscape images so I can capture the beautiful scenery that I am blessed to wake up to every day whilst also taking...
#4: Run of the mill action shots of my kids (who are not these ones in the photo but are bound to grow up doing this) so I can look back and say "where on earth did the time go"
#5: And just for good measure, a few nature shots wouldn't be bad either.
So, hopefully this isn't too tall an order. Look forward to hearing all your suggestions and I will keep you updated on my progress in buying this new camera (or pestering my husband enough so he buys it for my upcoming birthday).