I don’t usually do this, but there are three things I purchased recently that I absolutely love, and I just had to share. If you are interested in any of these, you can click on the photo or the purchase links at the bottom of my post.
The first thing is the new 5th Generation Amazon Fire.
It really surprised me; not so much that I like it, but just how amazing it is at that low price. I needed a new tablet. My husband has watched me getting cranky as my four-year old ASUS Transformer tablet freezes. Let me make it clear, it’s not that the tablet doesn’t work, or that I don’t love it, but it’s just four years old. New apps are much bigger and it has trouble keeping up. I have a Kindle Touch, which I received as a replacement for my broken regular Kindle. I am NOT a fan of the Kindle Touch. They have likely improved it since this version, but that being said, I was itching to move up, but didn’t want to spend $100 or more to replace it yet.
I spoke out loud that Amazon had a new Fire tablet for $49 and my husband told me to buy it with his credit card. I was a bit skeptical that it could fill my needs at that price, but I seized the moment and bought it. What woman in her sound mind would refuse such an offer? When I submitted the order, they said I wouldn’t get it until Oct. 28. It arrived on Oct. 5th. HAPPY!!! It does everything I need it to, and more. I can’t even imagine what I’m missing out on. It’s just the right size for easy transport. It’s fast. There are tons of free apps, and the popular games with in-app purchases are also available (Candy Crush, Words With Friends, etc., ). It comes with a free six month subscription to the Washington Post, and some pretty cool magazines. For me, it was the perfect, affordable solution. I couldn’t be happier (unless my husband lets me go clothes shopping with his credit card
The next two things go together and are the perfect solution to my camera issue. I have difficulty carrying things that are heavy. I shoot with a Nikon D90 camera, and generally carry two or three lenses with me when I am shooting. My “real” camera bag is too heavy. My camera backpack that is small and lightweight is not supportive enough, which led to my breaking the LCD screen on my camera and a UV protective filter that was on my smallest lens. I also bent my hot shoe. I decided it was time to protect my equipment and my shoulder. My solution: A camera bag insert and a very lightweight sling bag.
Camera sling bags tend to be bulky and expensive. The combination of the camera partition and this sling bag is exactly what I needed. The camera partition is strong, waterproof and supportive. It fits snugly in the bag, and sometimes I just carry it by itself. The sling bag has plenty of room for my other things, so I don’t need my purse when I go out shooting, and the price is perfect. I’m very happy with both of these. No more broken equipment, and my shoulder is very happy. Grand total, about $56.