On Clint’s recommendation, I spent all summer waiting for the Panasonic Lumix LX3 to become available somewhere other than Amazon.com, where it was listed for $200 more than at any other retailer. I put my name on every waiting list in town and was content to sit quietly for a while, but when the photos for my Degustation review turned out so much better than all of my other food photos just because of a little light difference, I realized I had to suck it up and find an alternative so I could move away from my four-year-old point-and-shoot.
What I found was the Canon S90, a digital small enough to fit into my tiniest clutch but with manual controls and a low-light setting.
The camera hadn’t been released when I ordered it from Adorama, so I was just going off these reviews. They promised a mid-September release, and it was the beginning of September, so I expected something akin to immediate gratification.
AND THEN IT WAS OCTOBER, AND I STILL HAD NO EFFING CAMERA. I seriously was Googling the release date every day and getting no results, calling Canon every day and hearing them know nothing, checking my bank account to see if the money had been withdrawn and finding I was still rich.
But then, on Thursday, the day after Canon told me the S90 would be in stores in a few weeks, it arrived on my doorstep in all of its compact manual glory. I’m still too scared to actually use it, and I may just be leaving it on auto for the first six months after I start, but YAY!