Finally, I decided to use a real camera and not just my phone to take photos and make videos. I am still a beginner when it comes to photography, but I am open to learn and thus to make better pictures for my social media and blog. Can’t wait to share with you my journey. 😃
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After doing some online research and discussing with my friends, I decided to visit also several showrooms to see the cameras and accessories. I must say I was very pleasantly surprised by the excellent sales service of the Photosetup shop. This store is located in Bucharest, but they also have an online store.
I’ve chosen the Sony Alpha 6400 as a camera with the kit lens 16-50mm, and a series of cool accessories.
As you might know, I’m working in corporate sales for some time now. I’ve developed some cool abilities that help me identify pretty quickly what kind of salespeople I am talking to. And, most important, what their intentions are. 😁 I will know if their priority is only to close the sale or provide me with the solution I need.
My buying experience with Photosetup
When I placed the order online, I was pretty sure what type of camera I needed. But I also wanted to buy a tripod and a camera bag. And regarding those, I had no idea what could fit my needs. So, when I arrived at the store to take my new Sony Alpha 6400, I asked to speak with a sales rep. I had done this in other stores already, and the result was meeting a tired and bored guy that recommended me one product, and that’s pretty much it.
To my surprise, the lady that came to help me presented me with a lot of options. She asked me several questions about how I wish to use my camera and what is important to me. Then she showed me 3 models of tripods and actually mounted them in front of me. I had all the information I needed for each one: pros and cons, the price, available promotions, and the compatible/available accessories. I was not expecting that! And most of all, what I appreciated most was that she didn’t try one second to influence my decision. She was, in fact, continuously asking questions and listening to what I had to say.
She also presented me with several types of bags and explained in detail why she would choose one over the other and what options each could provide.
For me, as a beginner, I realize now that I was almost unaware of what I needed. After discussing with this nice lady, I was grateful that she asked me so many questions and showed me some features or lack of features to these products.
Even though I work in sales for so many years now, I am entirely aware that the buying decision is emotional, also in my case. 😊 Because I had this positive previous experience, when I wanted to buy my memory card, I just called Photosetup and asked them what they would recommend me. (I needed something compatible with 4k videos for my Sony Alpha 6400).
Some accessories I’ve chosen – what’s cool about them
I chose the Manfrotto bag Small MB MA2-SB-S. I like the fact that it is a bit larger than the actual camera and lens. This way, I can carry several other ladies’ stuff.💄🤭 So, I won’t need to take an additional purse for that. You have soft splitting layers dividing the interior so that the camera won’t get scratches (nor your phone). You can also carry a small tripod with this bag using the exterior string in front.
And, finally, this is the tripod that I thought would best fit my needs: Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-RD Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit with Hybrid Head, Red, Compact Action 61″ with an adaptor for a smartphone. (Manfrotto MCPIXI). Of course, I’ve chosen the one in gray and red. 😎
I totally recommend it. It is very light, perfect for travel, weighing only 1.2 kg. You can adapt the head for video or photo mode. It’s effortless to change it. It has a quick-release plate that allows you to install the camera in no time. It’s helpful compared with the classical tripods where you have to twist in the camera manually. The additional adaptor for smartphones makes it perfect for those moments when you want to take a full-body selfie on your own. This adaptor allows the setup of different accessories on top (microphone or lights). It also has a lock mechanism for your phone. And another cool thing is that you can attach it on a tripod on a landscape or portrait position.
Overall I had an excellent experience buying from Photosetup online store and showroom. This is why I decided to recommend it to you too. Here is what I appreciated the most:
- The loyalty program for online customers. I’ve only bought a few products, and I can benefit already from discounts in my online customer account. 🤩
- Each time after I placed an order online, somebody from their staff called me. They confirmed the order and informed me when I should receive my products. Maybe I’m old school, but I prefer talking to a person than receiving an email in my inbox or a message on my phone. 🤷♀️
- The proactive and professional approach of their sales consultants. They are well trained and put customer’s interests first.
Let me know in a comment below what are the things you appreciate the most while interacting with a sales rep and actually transform you into a loyal customer. 😊