Thursday, March 19, 2009

Canon At the Ready

You may remember - or may not if your memory is anything like mine - that a few weeks ago while photographing the glories of Orvieto I dropped my trusty little Power Shot SD550. It has been a good little camera, not the best for interior shots of churches - and we do visit a lot of churches - or opera house curtain calls, but it I was happy with it.

I hemmed and hawed about getting a new one - but was happy enough with Canon that I went for another one. And I hemmed and hawed a bit to long. Now one of the perks of being a Dip here is that theoretically we should not pay IVA (the Good's and Service's Tax) on anything here over E250.00. I say theoretically because the system to get the tax deducted is worthy of Byzantium. Unlike Canada where Dips are issued a tax exempt card, here you have to go to the store, select what you want, get them to fill out a special form, turn it into the Government, wait 5-7 days to have it stamped, return to the store stamped form in hand to make your purchase. Certainly not conducive to impulse buying!
The old Kodak and damaged PowerShot are taking a back seat to the new kid on the block.

Unfortunately I wasn't aware of these "new" procedures and left it a bit late to buy a replacement camera. As a result I ended up paying full price for my new Canon IZUA 870IS. There was no way I was heading to Barcelona without a camera.

19 marzo - San Guiseppe


sageweb said...

Very nice choice...try not to drop it.

Doralong said...

Sweet!! We'll be expecting loads of fabulous pics! Sorry about the lack 'o discount- is there a retroactive procedure perhaps? Have tons of fun! Last holiday kid free, huh? Enjoy!

Elizabeth said...

Yay, a new camera! Can't wait to see all the new adventures you and the camera will have roaming around the world.

Anonymous said...

Why didn't you buy a PowerShot G10? ;-)


evilganome said...

I can't wait to see your pictures of Barcelona! Have fun with the new camera.