UfD: 5 Things I Wished I’d Never Wasted Money On
Since last week we talked about what we couldn’t live without, so this week it seemed only fitting to talk about the things we wished we had never bought. I know I have a few, luckily for me none of them were really expensive, but still, there were a few things.
1 – Remote shutter release off Amazon
When I was giving up the cycling photography and taking up more landscape and architectural photography I knew I would need a remote shutter release for my camera. I went searching for a Nikon MC-36. They aren’t cheap and I thought I’d got a great deal on Amazon, so I got it, cost me just over $100. When it arrived I was concerned about the quality, the cover for the batteries kept coming off and I had to tape it up. Then after about two months it stopped working. I had a close look at it and realized it was broken.
I did two things, I contacted the people I had purchased it from, and they told me the return period was over and there was nothing they could do, or would do. I also contacted Nikon and asked them why they were producing sub standard products, where in I was told, or advised, that possibly the real problem was that it was a fake Nikon product. The penny dropped, so to speak there. I was out of pocket just over $100. Apparently the tip off was the price, it should have cost a lot more money.
I ordered another one, this time from a reputable company and then compared them. It was amazing how similar they were, but there were tiny differences and if you didn’t know what you were looking for, you would’ve had no idea. So getting my MC-36 Remote Shutter Release ended up costing me a whole lot more than it should have.
2 – Cheap ND Filters
When I first started getting into using ND filters I bought some online, from Ebay somewhere. I had no idea what I was looking for and it was hard working out what was good and what wasn’t. The problem was that brand names weren’t big and it was hard to work out what was good and what wasn’t. Of course these days if you were thinking of getting filters, you could ask me and I would be able to help a lot more.
I ordered some filters, I don’t remember how much they were, but I was so excited to use them. I went away for the weekend down to Sorrento and I took so many photos with them. When I saw them on the computer all I could see was magenta, a lot of magenta. They gave a very bad colour cast, money wasted. I did a lot more research when I went looking for my next one, spent more money and made sure I got one from a reputable company.
3 – Variable ND Filter
I have to admit, I knew I was wasting my money when I ordered this. It was $12, but I thought, you never know, maybe, maybe I can get something with it. I was doubtful, but you never know. Well it arrived and as I thought, it was a total waste of money. One of those if it seems to cheap to believe, then it probably is.
4 – Tamrac Camera Strap
None of my cameras have the straps that came with them. Nikon advertise on their camera straps and I didn’t like walking around with a camera that had a strap advertising exactly what camera I have, and to certain extent how much the camera was worth. If people get close enough they can see what it is, but I prefer not to advertise too much.
For my previous cameras I bought a couple of Crumpler camera straps. They were a bit pricey, but they were great. Very comfortable to use. When I got my new camera I thought I would try a different one and I purchased a Tamrac Camera Strap. It wasn’t as expensive, and it was comfortable to use, but then one day I was out and looked at the strap and realised it had almost come undone. If I hadn’t looked when I did my camera would have dropped to the ground. I did it up again, and over time I realised it kept doing it. I wasn’t comfortable with the strap doing that, so I had to take it off and put one of my Crumpler camera straps back on. It has been on the camera ever since, with the Tamrac one in the cupboard, possibly being assigned to the bin soon.
5 – Canon IXUS Camera
A couple of years ago I went to photography show and they were selling some small Canon IXUS compact cameras very cheaply, $100. I suspect they were old stock and they were getting rid of them. They seemed like a bit of fun, so why not. At the time the camera on my phone didn’t work very well, so I thought it could be a good alternative. Not long after I got it, my phone was replaced, so I had a camera that worked.
My girls and I went to the beach and they took off with the compact camera. They mucked around taking lots of photos of themselves and other thing. By the time they were finished and the camera was handed back to me, something wasn’t working. The lens cap shutters weren’t working anymore. it wouldn’t close or open properly. They were too fiddly.
I put it away and forgot about it. A couple of times I’ve brought it out and the lens shutter thingy plays up at times, so it has become something I can’t rely on. Late last year I got another new phone, and I tend to use the camera in that a lot more. So the reality is I do wish I had never purchased this camera. It isn’t that it is a bad camera, but just not something I should have bought.
There you are, my 5 things. Do you have things you wished you had never purchased? I think we all do. The photos today were all taken with the Canon IXUS compact camera.